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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 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.

Congratulations to the 2013 Community Science Fair Winners!!!

1st Place - Highlandtown Elementary #215
2nd Place - Wolfe Street Academy
3rd Place - Harford Heights Elementary

Fun with Science Summer Camp - Now Accepting Applications!

What is the Fun with Science Summer Camp?

The Fun with Science Summer Camp (FSSC) is a week-long camp where you will work with REAL scientists from The Johns Hopkins University. During this week you can expect to do REAL science, working with microscopes, fluorescent bacteria, crystals, and mysterious smoke. You’ll become a crime scene forensic investigator, make your own exploding volcano, and even enjoy ice cream made from liquid nitrogen. And if that’s not enough, expect to become a wildlife biologist during our field trip to the Baltimore Zoo.

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

The camp is made possible by the generous support of Johns Hopkins East Baltimore Community Affairs (EBCA), National Science Foundation (NSF), Fisher Scientific, and Olympus, Inc.

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

What is this year’s camp date?

The camp runs from Monday, June 17th through Friday, June 21st, 2013.

Where is the camp located?

The camp is at The Johns Hopkins Medical campus. Parents should drop off children in the morning and pick up in the evening at the curbside of:

725. N. Wolfe Street, Baltimore, MD, 21205 (The corner of N. Wolfe and E. Monument St)
The camp will be held in the Pre-Clinical Teaching Building (PCTB), rooms G18-19, The Lab is located in room G8.

What is this year’s camp schedule?

The camp day starts at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 4:30 p.m. Each day is packed with fun activities, led by real Johns Hopkins scientists. Parents, it is your responsibility to make sure that your child is dropped off by 9:00 a.m. and picked up by 4:30 p.m. daily. As a safety measure, security will not allow students unsupervised access to classroom before 8:30 a.m. Take a look at our 2013 FSSC Daily Schedule.

Who is eligible?

The Fun with Science Summer Camp aims to improve access to science education for East Baltimore students who are matriculating to the 6th grade in the Fall with an interest in science. In the past five years, we have recruited between 20 to 25 rising sixth graders from the following local schools:

City Springs Elem/Middle

Dr. Bernard Harris, Sr. Elementary

Dr. Rayner Browne Elem/Middle

Ft. Worthington Elementary/Middle

Hampstead Hill Academy

Harford Heights Elementary

Highlandtown Elem/Middle #215

Inner Harbor East Academy for Young Scholars

Moravia Park Elem/Middle School

Sinclair Lane Elementary

TenchTilghman Elem/Middle

William A. Paca Elementary

Wolfe St. Academy

Parents must drop off and pick up participant daily. Transportation is not provided. If your school is located in East Baltimore and are not listed above, you can still ask your teacher to contact the camp to register. Any students not matriculating to grade 6 in the Fall, or students who have previously attended Fun with Science Summer Camp are not eligible to participate in the camp.

What should I do if I am interested?

Print out the Science Camp Registration Packet, complete and give to your teacher for submission. Applications are due Monday, June 3, 2013.

What if I have more questions?

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.

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