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.
The science center will use the office space at Johns Hopkins for day-to-day operations and for planning activities while it awaits a permanent home being built in Rockville. The RSC was previously housed at VisArts in downtown Rockville.
"We are very pleased to have the Rockville Science Center on our campus," said Leslie Weber, interim executive director of JHU's 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."
The Rockville Science Center offers programs for children and adults, including science café seminars, a robotics league for middle school students, and science excursions. It's long-term plan 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. This spring, the Maryland General Assembly approved a bond bill that provides $75,000 to the Rockville Science Center for the acquisition, planning, and design of a new site.
The science center joins approximately 35 other companies located on Johns Hopkins University's Montgomery County campus.
"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," said Phil Justus, a member of the center's Board of Trustees. "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."
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