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FSN Application Pack 2014-15.pdf

Family Science Night at the Smithsonian

Family Science Night (FSN) at the Smithsonian fosters wonderful opportunities for parents and their children to talk about science, our world, and the cosmos—it helps launch family learning. The program takes place at the most visited museum on the planet, after hours, when attendees have the Museum to themselves. Millions of visitors a year come to the National Air and Space Museum to see the machines that gave life to human dreams of flight in air and space. 


FSN provides a school field trip designed for families to the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum on the National Mall in Washington, DC. The program takes place 6:45-8:50 pm, for up to 480 parents, students, and educators from area schools. It's a family learning experience on space science subjects that are taught in the classroom. Adults do not participate as chaperones, but as parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and big brothers and sisters to the children. It is a chance for a shared, cross-generational learning experience in space science education. 


With the curricular connection, the program provides parents a window on the education of their children; schools a way to build bridges to the community; the Museum a chance to augment the classroom experience with their unique collections, exhibits, films, and educational programs; and researchers an opportunity to share what it's like to work on the great frontiers.


Full details are in the reservation package, including how to contact me. They have 6 evenings available that will be assigned on a first come first served basis.  Family Night Reservation Form   Family Night Application


Opportunity for 11th and 12th grade students

The Hutton Junior Fisheries Biology Program is a summer mentoring program for high school students sponsored by the American Fisheries Society. The principal goal of the Hutton Program is to stimulate interest in careers in fisheries science and management among groups underrepresented in the fisheries professions, including minorities and women. Application to the program is open to all 11th and 12th grade high school students regardless of race, creed, or gender. Students selected for the program are matched with a professional mentor in their area for a summer-long, hands-on experience in a marine or freshwater setting. A scholarship of $3,000 is awarded to each student accepted into the program.

NOTE:  Application deadline 2/14/2014

Middle School Girls NASA Sisters Program

The SISTER program is designed to increase awareness of and provide an opportunity for female middle school students to be exposed to and explore nontraditional career fields with GSFC women engineers, mathematicians, scientists, technicians and researchers. The objectives of the program include introducing young women to a technical working environment; acquainting students with GSFC missions; providing an awareness of educational programs and internships available during high school, undergraduate and graduate study; providing observations and experiences with real hands-on projects researched and developed by women at GSFC. The SISTER program components include such activities as women scientist, engineers, technicians, researchers, and mathematicians as mentors; women speakers in various fields at GSFC; women entrepreneur role models; multicultural experiences; a tour of facilities; building and launching rockets; hands-on science experiments; and written communication experiences; and interpersonal and human relations skills building.

The program takes place for one week each year during the Summer, July 8-12, 2013, Monday-Friday from 8:30am to 4:00pm at GSFC. It is sponsored by the Equal Opportunity Programs Office and The Education Programs Office. The application deadline is April 26, 2013 at midnight EST

For additional info please contact: Sarah Brown or Marian Carson

Johns Hopkins University 10th Annual Physics Fair


Saturday April 13th 11am-5:30 pm

Science Challenge | Science Bowl | Demonstrations | Scavenger Hunt | Hopkins Project | Special Demo Show | Telescope
Directions & Parking |Schedule of Events |Poster Download | Contact | Sample Questions All Grade Levels|


BioGENEius 2014



MdBio Foundation is proud to announce that we are hosting the 2014 Local BioGENEius Challenge for the state of Maryland!

The BioGENEius Challenge is a high school competition that recognizes original research in biotechnology.  If you know of any students who are entering a Maryland Science fair in 2014 with a project in biotechnology, please pass this along.

For more information on what this challenge entails, please visit our
Maryland BioGENEius page, or contact Angel Mangus at



The Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program (SEAP)

The Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program (SEAP) provides an opportunity for students to participate in research at a Department of Navy (DoN) laboratory during the summer.

The goals of SEAP are to encourage participating students to pursue science and engineering careers, to further their education via mentoring by laboratory personnel and their participation in research, and to make them aware of DoN research and technology efforts, which can lead to employment within the DoN.

SEAP provided competitive research internships to over 265 high school students this year. Participating students spend eight weeks during the summer doing research at 24 DoN laboratories.

Please go to for application


High School Scientist Develops Cancer Screening Test

Here's a fabulous article that chronicles the science research work of Jack Andraka at the ScienceBuddies website. You may be inspired as well! See below for further science research information.




Free public interactive demonstration programs presented by the University of MD, Physics Department Lecture Halls, University of MD College Park. Each presentation is run three times (except January) and the target audience is the high school student.

The time is 7:30-8:30 PM. Doors open at 7 PM.

For further information, http://bit.lyphun-outreach or email


May 2, 3, 4 2013            Water

University of MD Physics is Phun


Science Research Resources

Science Fair Central


Visit Science Fair Central for new project ideas, an interactive display board and tips to get started and guide you and your students through the science fair process.

At Science Fair Central parents, students and science fair coordinators will find all the resources needed to ensure an exciting and fun-filled science fair season this year. 

·         Project samples

·         Customizable timelines

·         Detailed checklists

·         Judging criteria

Practice science investigation and invention . Science fairs can be the first step in developing future young scientists and engineers. Visit Science Fair Central to get started! This website is appropriate for elementary, middle, and high school students.


Please visit the resources below for a myriad of science research ideas, assistance, and opportunities.


Society for Science & the Public (SSP)
Society for Science & the Public (SSP) is dedicated to public engagement in scientific research and education. Its vision is to promote the understanding and appreciation of science and the vital role it plays in human advancement: to inform, educate, inspire. SSP is responsible for the ISEF and STS competitions, among others, as well as publishing Science News.

Science Buddies
Science Buddies offers free science fair project ideas, answers, and tools for serious students. It is a great resource for anyone looking to take full advantage of the science opportunities available.


Summer Programs