University of Maryland, College Park

Message from the 2012 UMCP Director

This August 2014, the University of Maryland InnoWorks Chapter is excited to announce our 10th summer workshop. Our summer camp program targets underprivileged school students, whose schools often lack the resources to perform even basic science experiments, usually due to a lack funds or teachers to teach the sciences. It has been the mission of our chapter to fill the gap for these students, helping them to discover, understand and appreciate science in a fun and innovative way. Our UMD volunteers have spent literally thousands of hours working to bring science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) enrichment at no cost to over a hundred in-need middle school students within the community. We work to keep these students active and engaged over summer break. It is our hope that these students will return to school with a new appreciation for science and a hunger to learn more.

Last year we brought the "Eureka Effect" curriculum to life featuring numerous fun and thought provoking experiments. We learned about chemical reactions using bleach and pennies, created our own toothpaste, and made models of cells! Through these activities, the children saw that science can be fun, easy, and useful in everyday life. We fostered the development of their critical-thinking, problem-solving, and logical-reasoning skills through this program. This August we plan to bring even more exciting new concepts that the kids can learn in a stimulating and fun atmosphere. We hope to make this summer's camp better than ever and to reach our goal of a better and brighter future for our youth! This year, we will see a host of new activities as we once again discover our world through the "Eureka Effect" curriculum.

A special thanks to last year's students who participated, parents who supported their children by providing means of transportation to the camp, and to those who provided us with the generous donations we used to make our camp a success. The success of our chapter could not have been possible without the gracious support of our University of Maryland Sponsors and local school and child-care system. In particular, we would like to thank the Student Government Association at the University of Maryland, Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches, and Sardi's Pollo a la Brasa for their gracious donation of funds and food to support our program. We would like to thank Dr. Nam Sun Wang and the Department of Engineering for their donations of facilities and supplies for our camp. Dr. Nam Sun Wang has supported the UMCP chapter of InnoWorks as our faculty advisor for several years.

The United InnoWorks Academy here at the University of Maryland challenges the university and surrounding community to continue with us in the fight to bring the importance of education into the hearts and minds of our youth. As our nation pours billions of dollars into defending our safety and restoring our economy today we must remember that we do it for tomorrow's generation. It only makes sense to make sure our children inherit the drive and ingenuity that makes America great.

We hope that you-the parent, the educator, the administrator, the mentor-join us and help in whatever way you can by encouraging your students to attend the camp, donating to our cause, or visiting us to see what InnoWorks is all about. Together, we can make a difference.

Sincerely,
Angeline Johny & Melanie Shapiro

2013-2014 UMCP Co-Directors

Contact Us

UMCP Chapter email: umcp@innoworks.org

2016 Schedule

  • University of Maryland College Park InnoWorks
    August 15 - 19, 2016

2015 Schedule

  • University of Maryland College Park InnoWorks
    August 17 - 21, 2015

2014 Schedule

  • University of Maryland College Park InnoWorks
    August 11 - 15, 2014

2013 Schedule

  • University of Maryland College Park InnoWorks
    August 12 - 16, 2013

2012 Schedule

  • University of Maryland College Park InnoWorks
    August 13 August 17, 2012

2011 Schedule

  • University of Maryland College Park InnoWorks
    August 15 August 19, 2011

2010 Schedule

  • University of Maryland College Park InnoWorks
    August 16 - August 20, 2010

2009 Schedule

  • University of Maryland College Park InnoWorks
    August 10 August 14, 2009

2008 Schedule

  • University of Maryland College Park InnoWorks
    August 11 August 18, 2008

2007 Schedule

  • University of Maryland College Park InnoWorks
    July 23 July 28, 2007

2005 Schedule

  • University of Maryland College Park InnoWorks
    August 15 August 19, 2005

2004 Schedule

  • Duke/Maryland InnoWorks
    August 16 August 20, 2004

 

Officers and Staff

Melanie Shapiro
2013-2014 Co-Director
Melanie Shapiro is a senior undergraduate Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics major more >>

Angeline Johny
2013-2014 Co-Director
Angeline Johny is a senior Neurobiology and Physiology and Anthropology double major. more >>

Tracy Sebastian
2013-2014 Co-Deputy Director
Tracy is a junior Physiology and Neurobiology and Economics major. She would like more >>

Karishma Patel
2013-2014 Co-Deputy Director
Karishma is a Biology and Nutritional Science double major from Clarksburg, Maryland. more >>

Kalyani Kumar
2012 Director
Kalyani Kumar is currently a sophomore undergraduate Cell Biology and Genetics more >>

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