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Community Science Education Program (CSEP)


The mission of the Community Science Education Program's (CSEP) is to promote science education among students that attend Baltimore City Public Schools (BCPS) within the local community.


  • Expose students to science-related topics
  • Develop initiatives that expose students to progressively advanced science education
  • Be a conduit whereby schools can receive equipment for use in classrooms

Science Days

Local elementary school 5th grade students are invited to spend a day at the Wood Basic Science Institute or Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Research Center. As they rotate through various labs, students are introduced to different science genres via observational or hands-on instruction. The day ends with a science presentation that reviews science topics introduced.

Community Science Fair

Each year, area elementary schools are invited to Johns Hopkins to participate in the Community Science Fair. Each school is allowed to submit three projects for judging by Johns Hopkins faculty and staff, BCPS's administrative staff, and a special guest judge. First, second and third place prizes are awarded based on projects that exemplify ingenuity, clarity and presentation using the scientific method criteria.

Congratulations to the 2014 Community Science Fair Winners!!!

1st Place - Wolfe Street Academy
2nd Place - Patterson Park Public Charter School
3rd Place - Highlandtown Elementary/Middle #215

Fun with Science Summer Camp

The Fun with Science Summer Camp (FSSC) is a week-long camp held annually in June.  At camp, students work with REAL scientists from The Johns Hopkins University. During this week students can expect to do REAL science, working with microscopes, fluorescent bacteria, crystals, and mysterious smoke. They will become a crime scene forensic investigator, make their own exploding volcano, and even enjoy ice cream made from liquid nitrogen. They will also learn about the importance of research, and how it plays an important part in the discovery of cures for diseases. And, if that's not enough, students participate in a field trip that further demonstrates how science, technology, engineering and math is incorporated in everyday living.

Students will discover how much fun there is in science, and how cool it is to become a junior scientist. And, the camp is FREE of charge with LUNCH provided.


The Fun with Science Summer Camp Registration Packet must be completed in its entirety, and returned via fax or email no later than 12 p.m., Friday, May 22, 2015.

Camp consideration/selections are on a first-come basis. Once we have reached our quota, registration will be closed. Please get your application(s) in early if you would like consideration for your student(s).

Schools will be informed of students' acceptance or non-acceptance by June 5, 2015.

The camp is made possible by the generous support of:

  • Johns Hopkins East Baltimore Community Affairs (EBCA)
  • National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • Fisher Scientific
  • Olympus, Inc.

To get a glimpse of the camp, check out past news coverage in The JHU Gazette Igniting Interest in the Sciences and the JHM Institute for Basic Biomedical Sciences newsletter Reaching Out.


For any questions or concerns about the camp or admissions, please contact Carolyn Chance at or 410-614-2430, ext. 4.

Any Hopkins faculty or senior graduate student/postdocs interested in participating or becoming a volunteer instructor, please contact Dr. Jie Xiao at or 410-614-0388.