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Summer Programs Reach All Ages at JHU Montgomery County

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Summer activity is in full swing at the Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus. Retired adults, aspiring scientists, budding engineers, future doctors and young writers are taking classes on campus this summer. Here is a rundown of what is going on, as well as information about the Shady Grove Farmers Market.

Engineering Innovation: Engineering Innovation is a challenging summer program for high school students. During the four-week course, students learn the ins and outs of mechanical, chemical, civil, computer and electrical engineering, as well as robotics and materials science. Offered by the Whiting School of Engineering, the course carries JHU credit for students who receive an A or B. Students can be found outside, taking measurements of campus buildings, and inside, making bridges out of spaghetti. The big spaghetti bridge competition is scheduled for Friday, July 21. This year, approximately 45 students are participating in EI on the Montgomery County Campus.

Summer Programs: High school students and college undergraduates are on campus in July to take for-credit JHU classes. In a course called Medical School Intensive, students are taught and guided by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine faculty and postdoctoral fellows. Students are learning about surgery, internal medicine, pediatrics, emergency medicine and biomedical science and are scheduled to go on a field trip to Suburban Hospital in Bethesda and the Johns Hopkins Medical Simulation Center in Baltimore. Other students are taking College Writing Workshop, honing their writing skills so they are ready to write college-level essays.

Health Science Intensive: Fifty new students started their studies in the Health Science Intensive program this summer. Referred to as HSI, the program is part of the Krieger School of Arts & Sciences Advanced Academic Programs; all courses are held on the Montgomery County Campus. The idea behind the program is to give students the opportunity to enroll in rigorous courses in the life sciences to prove their aptitude to study medicine. These students are often seen on campus poring over books and websites as they prepare for the MCAT exam.

Master’s Degree Classes: The Center for Biotechnology Education is running several courses this summer, including biochemistry, advanced cell biology, biodefense and infectious disease laboratory methods, immunological techniques in biotechnology and building and leading teams in health care. The courses are held in the evenings so working adults can pursue masters degrees.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute: Osher programming continues throughout summer. A course called Giuseppe Verdi Part 1: Early Verdi is taught by Osher member Bruce Herzfeld. The course, which started in June and continues through July, is provides Osher members with an enhanced appreciation of operas. In July, Osher members will visit Shepherdstown’s Contemporary American Theater to see “Byhalia, Mississippi,” a play that explores issues of class and race in a southern town. In August, Osher members can attend a lecture and lunch discussion about the mystery novel “The Snowman.” Participants are encouraged to read the book before attending the Aug. 15 event. Attendees may bring in mystery books to trade with others. Osher Lifelong Learning Institute offers non-credit courses to retired and semi-retired adults.

Oasis: Oasis is a non-profit educational organization with sites throughout the country. Locally, it is sponsored by Suburban Hospital and some classes are held at the JHU Montgomery County Campus. This summer, Oasis participants are scheduled to hear from the state’s attorney for Montgomery County about the U.S. Supreme Court and about a criminal case, dubbed the “demon assassins” from 2014 in which two children were killed by two women. Students may sign up for one or more classes, most of which are one-time lectures. 

Shady Grove Farmers Market: The Shady Grove Farmers Market is held on campus from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. every Wednesday, rain or shine, through Oct. 25. Several food trucks are set up at the market each week and tables are available for visitors to eat lunch. Vendors sell fresh meat, bread, pastries and of course, fruit and vegetables.

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