Middle school students get hands-on introduction to careers in science

JHU Montgomery County co-hosts Frontiers in Science and Medicine Day

Image caption: Kris Obom, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Biotechnology Education, speaks with seventh-grade students at the fifth annual Frontiers in Science and Medicine Day at the Johns Hopkins Montgomery County campus.

Image credit: C. Kurt Holter

In a collaborative effort to make science fun and exciting, the Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County campus and neighbors in the Shady Grove Life Sciences Center opened their lab doors Friday to seventh-grade students for an educational day of hands-on science and medicine.

Nearly 600 students from Gaithersburg and Loiederman middle schools attended the fifth annual Frontiers in Science and Medicine Day, participating in science and medicine activities and visiting a local laboratory or hospital so they could experience what doctors and scientists do each day. Students learned about different careers in science, how science impacts their lives, and had a chance to use lab equipment, including pipettes and microscopes. The lessons learned tied directly into the seventh-grade science curriculum.

Several of the companies located on the Johns Hopkins Montgomery County Campus participated, including Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute, TruBios, and TissueGene. The Johns Hopkins Center for Biotechnology Education also opened its web lab to the students.