Hundreds of MCPS Students to Participate in Annual Frontiers in Science and Medicine Day

October 23, 2013
In a collaborative effort to make science exciting, Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus and neighbors in the Shady Grove Life Sciences Center are opening their doors and labs to seventh-grade students for a fun-filled, educational day of science and medicine.

The 5th annual Frontiers in Science and Medicine Day will take place on Friday, October 25, from
8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Students from Gaithersburg and Loiederman middle schools are participating in this year’s event. More than 500 students are slated to attend.

Students will spend part of the day at Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus, where they will participate in hands-on science and medicine activities.

Students will also spend part of the day visiting a local laboratory or hospital so they can experience what doctors and scientists do each day. Lab activities include viewing brain specimen under a microscope; learning how DNA is used in forensics; watching mosquitoes feed on blood to learn about malaria; and learning about proper techniques for making intravenous preparations.

Lab tours will be held at BioReliance; Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute; Institute for Bioscience & Biotechnology Research; J. Craig Venter Institute; Johns Hopkins University Wet Lab; National Center for the Advancement of Translational Sciences; Sanaria; Shady Grove Adventist Hospital; TruBios; TissueGene; and the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy.

Others partners in the event are MdBio Foundation;  Johns Hopkins University Center for Biotechnology Education; Montgomery College; Navigant; Qiagen; Salisbury University; and Vaxin.

If you plan to cover this event, please email Ellen Politlove at to make arrangements to visit either Johns Hopkins Montgomery County Campus (9601 Medical Center Drive in Rockville) or a participating lab site.

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