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Hands-On STEM Education at the 29th Street Community Center

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Over the past several months, a group of dedicated students at the 29th Street Community Center have been participating in Maryland Science Olympiad (MSO). MSO is an after-school STEM enrichment program which encourages students to tackle a variety of STEM-focused challenges in a fun, but competitive, environment.

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In the fall, students selected MSO competition events they found interesting. They met twice a week after-school to practice these events and prepare for the Baltimore City tournament. These hands-on activities range from tests, for which students have to study specific STEM subjects, to construction challenges that require students to design and build structures, vehicles, or rockets. With help from a Johns Hopkins University student mentor group, the Charm City Science League, our students excelled in their chosen activities.

This past month, our students’ and their mentors’ hard work paid off at the city-wide tournament, where they placed 4th overall and qualified to compete in the state championship, scheduled to take place next month! Our students placed top five in several individual events at the Baltimore City tournament, including: 1st: Bridge Building, Fossils; 2nd: Wheeled Vehicle; 3rd: Anatomy, Dynamic Planet; 4th: Water Bottle Rockets, Crime Busters; and 5th: Can’t Judge a Powder, Write It Do It.

We are very proud of our students’ accomplishments and we are excited to share their success with everyone!

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Register for Summer Camp! The 29th Street Community Center provides exciting summer camp opportunities for kids of different ages and interests. Click here for page 1 and here for page 2 of the summer camp flyer. Make sure to register soon because space is limited! If you have any questions, please contact Center Director, Hannah Gardi.


Barclay School students are science champions!

The Charm City Science League (CCSL) is on a mission to bring science and math to life. Why? Because these subjects are critical to students succeeding in American schools (which currently rank only 22nd and 31st throughout the world in science and math, respectively).

IMG_2048Led by a group of undergraduates from the Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering, CCSL runs an afterschool program three days a week at the 29th Street Community Center. They work one-on-one with students from Barclay Elementary/Middle School, who recently swept the regional Science Olympiad Competition at Morgan State University. That’s not small potatoes, considering that over 6,700 teams compete each year in this national tournament.

Though the Barclay School team was small, their presence was larger than life. Students Marcus, Kim, and Malik won First Place in five categories, Second Place in four, and Third Place in one. But to top it all off, they were awarded Second Place overall at the tournament and have now advanced to the State Competition (held at JHU on March 29, 2014). We are so proud. Go team!

To learn more about the Charm City Science League, visit their website.