JHMI Office of Communications and Public Affairs

March 26, 2001
MEDIA CONTACT : Terry Todesco
PHONE: (410)614-4976
E-MAIL: ttodesco@jhmi.edu

Hopkins Researchers Show Elementary School Kids That Science Is Cool

Did you ever wonder what you could learn from worms? What do you think your own cells look like? On March 29, 87 elementary school students will find the answers to these and dozens more fascinating science questions at the first Johns Hopkins Community Science Day in the Preclinical Teaching Building located at 725 N. Wolfe Street.

Eighteen top basic sciences researchers at The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine will offer hands-on science demonstrations for students ranging from grades three to five at the Dr. Bernard Harris Elementary School in East Baltimore. The children will watch scientists coax DNA from cells, learn how your brain makes optical illusions, and see malaria parasites in action among other things.

Looking for a way to attract children in the East Baltimore community to science, Rhoda Alani, M.D., assistant professor of oncology at Hopkins came up with the idea of Community Science Day. "All of the kids who live around the hospital need a sense of what opportunity is out there, and the best thing is to influence a child early," said Dr. Alani. "I would like them to leave here with the idea that science is cool and its fun and its something they could do, and maybe it will speak to the children and encourage them to work toward the goal of a career in science."

Each child will participate in at least six science experiments, starting at 9 a.m. and ending at noon. The final activity will be a presentation called "The Joys of Science" by Hopkins professor Donald Coffey, M.D., whose talks on the nature of science regularly pack the largest lecture halls on the East Baltimore medical campus.

Johns Hopkins Community Science Day is part of the Community of Caring Campaign, an on-going effort to link employees and students at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions with the East Baltimore community. To date, Hopkins has contributed to numerous activities to benefit the surrounding neighborhood.

Hopkins sponsors an after-school tutorial program at the Dr. Bernard Harris Elementary School for children in grades three, four and five.

Community Science Day Schedule

Johns Hopkins University Pre-Clinical Teaching Building,

725 N. Wolfe Street (corner of Wolfe & Monument)

9 a.m. to noon: Science demonstrations

1 p.m. 2 p.m.: "The Joys of Science" lecture Dr. Donald Coffey



For information the day of the event, page Terry Todesco at 410-283-2729.

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