Rockville Science Center Relocates to JHU Montgomery County Campus
The Rockville Science Center has relocated its administrative offices to Johns Hopkins University’s Montgomery County Campus, spurring a new collaboration between the university and the science center that will bring more hands-on science programming to the community.
Rockville Science Center, previously housed at VisArts in downtown Rockville, relocated to Johns Hopkins University’s Montgomery County Campus in August. The RSC's Board of Trustees is working to establish a permanent home in the city of Rockville. Meanwhile, the RSC will use the office space at Johns Hopkins for day-to-day operations and for planning activities.
“We are very pleased to have the Rockville Science Center on our campus,” said Leslie Weber, interim executive director of the Montgomery County Campus. “Johns Hopkins University and the Rockville Science Center share a passion and mission to bring science education to children and adults. Teaming up, we will bring more hands-on science activities to our community’s budding scientists, experienced scientists and anyone with an interest in science.”
Phil Justus, a board member for the Rockville Science Center, said: “The move to the Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus in Rockville helps us expand our reach alongside like-minded people and organizations in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. We believe it will have a positive impact on our programs. This will improve our ability to participate and collaborate more fully with our community of sponsors, educators, scientists and students.”
Johns Hopkins University’s Montgomery County Campus offers graduate-level classes in engineering and biotechnology, as well as science-oriented programs for elementary, middle and high school students. The campus’ K-12 programming includes events such as the Chemistry of Bread Baking for fourth graders, Frontiers in Science & Medicine Day for seventh graders and a for-credit Engineering Innovation class for high school students.
The Rockville Science Center offers robust programs for children and adults, including science café seminars, a robotics league for middle school students and science excursions.
Johns Hopkins University’s Montgomery County Campus is now a sponsor of the Rockville Science Center. The two organizations plan to work together to include each other in their science outreach activities.
"We are truly grateful to the Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus as a sponsor and providing space for our corporate offices, as well as for sharing in our commitment to science and technology education benefiting everyone in Rockville and the greater Montgomery County community,” said Bob Ekman, RSC board president.
The Rockville Science Center’s long-term vision is to develop a vibrant facility that offers an educational forum for residents of all ages to explore the wonders of science that underlie everyday life and that relate to the scientific community of our region. The Maryland General Assembly this spring approved a bond bill that provides $75,000 to the Rockville Science Center for the acquisition, planning and design of a new site. The bill was sponsored by state Sen. Jennie Forehand and Del. James Gilchrist.
The Rockville Science Center joins approximately 35 other companies located on Johns Hopkins University’s Montgomery County Campus. Sciences, researchers and entrepreneurs at the Rockville campus focus on disease research and other health topics. Other companies focus on technology, children’s mental health, medical device development and consulting services.