Some options to get you out of the house and shake the...

AROUND THE INNER HARBOR

February 19, 1993|By Karen Zeiler

Some options to get you out of the house and shake the shivery winter doldrums:

SALUTE SOME ENGINEERS:

It probably sneaked up on you again, but National Engineers' Week is almost upon us, and the city has several things you can do to celebrate:

* Tour the USS Boulder, a 500-foot-long, tank-carrying Navy landing ship docked at Inner Harbor's West Wall. (Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow.) The Navy sent the ship to host receptions for the seventh annual Black Engineer of the Year Awards, sponsored by Mobil Oil and Black Engineer magazine, which is published by Baltimore's Career Communications Group.

In conjunction with this event, more than 4,000 people are expected to attend a job fair, career seminars and a cabaret/concert at the Baltimore Convention Center today through Sunday. The job fair, which is free, will be conducted from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow. Information: 244-7101.

* More engineering carryings-on: Can you think of a way to bang a raw egg against a wall and not have it crack?

Some first-, second- and third-graders can, and you can watch at the Baltimore Museum of Industry, where students from more than 65 metro-area schools will be participating in the 1993 Engineering Challenge competitions from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday.

In the "Bicycle Helmet Challenge," students construct a helmet to protect Egbert, a raw egg, as it travels along a 6-foot ramp on a bicycle and crashes into a wall.

Other engineering problems devised by professional engineers that students from all grade levels will tackle include tangles with magnetic levitation (as in high-speed trains) and a device for landing on Mars, not to mention toothpick bridges and model cranes that work.

Other highlights include a robotics exhibit from Westinghouse and a maglev train exhibit from Grumman Corp. Representatives from IBM, Lego, Amtech Corp., KCI Technologies, Westinghouse's Historical Electronics Museum, Greiner Inc. and Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory also will be available. Admission: $3.50 for adults, $2.50 for children. Information: 727-4808.

Orioles fans are invited to "A Conversation with Jon Miller" -- the team's first-string broadcaster, if you just arrived in town -- from noon to 1 p.m. tomorrow at the Babe Ruth Museum, 216 Emory St. Mr. Miller will answer fans' questions and discuss baseball with WBAL's Doug Roberts and Orioles Gazette Editor Robert Brown. Admission: $4.50 for adults, $3 for seniors and $2 for children 5 to 16.

SOMETHING FOR NOTHING:

The Maryland Science Center is having a free day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow to commemorate Black History Month. (( Free day entitles you to all exhibits, IMAX movies and the new Davis Planetarium production, "Sky Puzzles."

Free day is also opening day for "You are Here: Wondering through the Solar System." This exhibit explores planetary orbits, the speed of light and gravity. Be sure to visit the Chemical Soup Kitchen, where you'll find "recipes" for mixing elements into planets. Information: 685-5225.

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