Hundreds of Montgomery County Students to Learn the Science of Bread Baking; Will Donate Loaves to Interfaith Works

March 20, 2015

Approximately 350 Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) students will visit Johns Hopkins University on Monday, March 30, to learn the science of bread baking. Fourth grade students from four elementary schools will travel to Johns Hopkins’ Montgomery County Campus to participate in the King Arthur Flour Bake for Good Kids Learn Bake Share program.  Students will learn the art and science of bread baking, with direct tie-ins to their science curriculum regarding the changing states of matter.

A representative from King Arthur Flour will demonstrate bread baking. Students will then receive flour, a recipe booklet, yeast, a bread donation bag and a dough scraper. Their homework assignment will be to bake two loaves of bread. Each student will keep one loaf and donate the second loaf to Interfaith Works Food Pantry.

Students will see real life, practical applications of their science and math curriculum while gaining an interest in STEM careers. This event highlights the idea of project-based learning and creative problem solving. Students learn not just about the chemistry of bread, but the science of baking and how to solve problems when they encounter challenges. Johns Hopkins has partnered with several organizations to enhance the students’ experience on campus. Students will work side-by-side with researchers to apply the lessons learned to various lab experiments. 

WHO: Hundreds of Montgomery County public school students from Laytonsville, Fallsmead, Fox Chapel and Lakewood elementary schools will be joined by representatives from Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus; King Arthur Flour Company; Adventist Healthcare Shady Grove Medical Center; Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute; J. Craig Venter Institute; Johns Hopkins Center for Biotechnology Education; Montgomery College; Rockville Science Center; and Suburban Hospital

WHERE: Johns Hopkins University – Montgomery County Campus, 9601 Medical Center Drive, in Rockville

WHEN: Monday, March 30, 2015, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

CONTACT: If you are planning to attend, please contact Ellen Poltilove, from Johns Hopkins University, at, or Dana Tofig, from MCPS, at


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