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
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 introduce 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 3 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.
Fun with Science Summer Camp
Matriculating 5th grade students are invited to attend a week-long science camp on Johns Hopkins East Baltimore campus. Camp provides students advanced teaching and hands-on experience with science related topics such as chemistry, crystals, DNA, the human body, microscopes, and forensic science. Scheduled field trips to places such as NASA, Maryland Science Center and Carrie Murray Nature Center further stimulate students' interest in science.