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MDBio Foundation Serves Up Ice Cream, Science to Community at JHU

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MDBio Foundation dished out ice cream and science lessons to the local community at its annual open house, held at the Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus.

MDBio Foundation runs MDBioLab, a trailer outfitted with state-of-the-art science equipment. The bus visits different Maryland high schools each week, with 35 stops slated this year in Montgomery, Howard and Anne Arundel counties, as well as counties on the Eastern Shore. The instructors expose students to laboratory concepts and techniques, while talking to them about careers in science, technology, engineering and math-related fields.

The lab is temporarily parked at the JHU Montgomery County Campus. Dozens of community members attended the open house, as did state Senators Cheryl Kagan and Nancy King, and representatives from the offices of U.S. Senators Ben Cardin, Barbara Mikulski and U.S. Congressmen John Delaney and Chris Van Hollen. Students from the JHU Health Science Intensive program also visited the mobile lab.

“The event is a terrific opportunity for us to open our doors and thank our many industry and community friends and supporters,” said Brian Gaines, chief executive of MDBio Foundation. “After this, we hit the road.”

Visitors to the mobile lab were treated to free ice cream. They also participated in a demonstration on the science of ice cream, including an explanation of the role salt plays in lowering the freezing temperature of water.

“We hope students will want to become the innovators of the future,” Gaines said of the lab. “Our goal is to introduce students to careers in STEM so one day they pursue them as a career. We hope they live, study and work in Maryland.”

CATEGORY: Academics, K-12 Outreach, In The Community