Youth Programs

Inspiring the next generation of Biotechnology professionals is crucial to the growth and success of the industry. The Center for Biotechnology Education (CBE) is committed to introducing this exciting field to children and youth in grades K -12. Working with partners within the Johns Hopkins community as well as in industry, and government, the Center offers hands-on workshops and programs that bring math, engineering and bioscience alive to create a lasting impression.

Recent Events

US Science & Engineering Festival – The annual US Science & Engineering Festival has an attendance rate of nearly 200,000 visitors and is always a great event!

Frontiers in Science and Medicine – The Center for Biotechnology Education took part in a day of hands-on science for seventh-grade students, which is run in partnership with Adventist HealthCare, the Universities at Shady Grove, the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences’ NIH Chemical Genomics Center and more than 15 other organizations and local biotechnology companies. The Montgomery County Public School system selects schools to participate each year.

Bread Baking 2014 – In April of 2014, nearly 600 local Montgomery County school children came to the Rockville campus to learn about the science of bread-baking, how to extract DNA from strawberries, and other great scientific topics. Dr. Obom led a discussion on what DNA is and why it’s important, which the 5th grade volunteers were excited to discuss. The event was such a success that faculty and staff who helped students conduct the experiments received very kind, encouraging hand-written letters from many of the visiting students! To read more about this event, click here.


Additional Outreach Opportunities – The Center for Biotechnology Education takes part in many outreach events each year in the Baltimore and Rockville communities. In the past, we have hosted local girl scout troops, elementary school students, and families, teaching them about the values of science and the biotechnology world. If you are interested in learning more, or would like to schedule your own event, please email us.

Past Events

CTY attendees learn about bioinformatics with hands-on activities and presentations

On Saturday, March 24th 2012, many students and their families gathered for hands-on learning and activities through the Center for Talented Youth (CTY) Program and Johns Hopkins Center for Biotechnology Education. Johns Hopkins researchers in the fields of bioinformatics, robotics, and cellular biology shared their expertise in lectures, demonstrated the latest modern tools and equipment of biotechnology, led tours of university research laboratories, and taught CTY participants how to use bioinformatics software in the computer laboratory. The day hosted specially-designed workshops and presentations. Part of the day was designed for adults to explore the theme of the program is separate sessions specifically designed for CTY Parents. Feedback from the event was excellent. Several CTY students shared their experience with the Center for Biotechnology Education. CTY student Ethan Henley enjoyed analyzing genetically altered flies and twelve year old Logan Gruss enjoyed the lab where he was able to use liquid nitrogen to freeze yeast. These events always draw a large number of families and are an excellent way to spend the day learning and fulfilling the university’s mission of preparing students to make significant future contributions to the world. For more information on CTY or JHU Center for Biotechnology Education, please contact us at

Students working in a lab Girls working at a computer.

Program Examples
The Center for Biotechnology Education has partnered with the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY) Family Academic Programs Science and Technology Series. The Science and Technology Series is inspired by the daily advances in technology that affect our lives in countless ways. In these one-day programs, students and their parents explore aspects of technology and science through hands-on workshops, demonstrations, and lectures led by pioneering scientists, mathematicians, and researchers. Learn more about the event.

The Center was one of the leaders in the development of the “Frontiers in Science and Medicine Day,” which gave 200 middle school students a glimpse of what it’s like to have a career in science and medicine through hands-on science experiments and demonstrations. The CBE expects to continue to partner with companies and organizations in the Shady Grove Life Sciences Center and Baltimore, to offer this program on a regular basis.

In addition, the CBE has developed a program for children in elementary school where they can experience biotechnology hands-on in our lab facility. The students have the opportunity to perform experiments, use a microscope and learn about careers in biotechnology.

The Center has a state-of-the-art laboratory where young students can learn to use the equipment while interacting with scientists from Johns Hopkins University and from local companies and associations.

We are always looking to develop new partnerships. If you would like to partner with us to develop educational programming for the next generation of science and technology leaders, please contact us at