ANNAPOLIS/SOUTH COUNTY--Davidsonville * Edgewater * Shady Side * Deale

May 06, 1993

Engineering games test skills of midshipmen

Teams of senior midshipmen raced model cars around a track and designed vehicles to pop a Ping-Pong ball through a basket in games to test their engineering skills at the Naval Academy on Monday.

Midshipmen designed and built the vehicles in the culmination of a semester's work in weapons and systems engineering.

In the first competition, six teams tried to advance their vehicles up a ramp and shoot a Ping-Pong ball through a 2-inch-wide hoop. Midshipman 1st Class Rick Radonich of Los Gatos, Calif., won the contest.

Eleven other teams raced model cars around a track in the second competition. Equipped with light-sensitive detectors, the cars followed a white line around the course. Midshipman 1st Class Efren Dela Cruz of the Philippines and Midshipman 1st Class Michael Spencer of Annandale, N.J., won with a time of 55 seconds.

"They get hands-on expertise as part of their senior course," said Professor Jerry Watts of the Department of Weapons and Systems Engineering.

Hurricane drill to close Old Severn River Bridge

The Old Severn River Bridge will be closed to traffic today from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. and from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. for a Naval Academy hurricane drill.

Academy yard patrol craft must pass under the bridge to check hurricane moorings.

Unauthorized boats moored on academy buoys should be moved immediately.

POLICE LOG

* West River: Someone stole $766 worth of plants from Thompson's Farm Market in the 5500 block of Muddy Creek Road on Monday night.

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