'Sink and float' exercise tests students' boats


February 27, 1996|By Sherry Graham | Sherry Graham,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

WHENEVER I visit a classroom in one of our area schools, I am always amazed how much is being taught using various hands-on methods. This approach seems to be favored most in science and math classes.

Some second-grade students at Freedom Elementary School recently got their hands wet as they studied a science unit called sink and float.

The children explored the physical properties of many everyday objects as they charted which could float and which sank. For students in Wendy Baldwin's class, the unit culminated in a boat show, which the children shared with other second-graders.

Using a wide variety of materials, the children and their parents constructed a fleet of boats to put to the "sink or float" test. Foam, aluminum foil, aluminum cans, lightweight plastic and wood were the most popular choices.

Math skills were incorporated as the pupils discussed the size of the boats in their show.

The class' marina was home to many imaginative and creative boats. Bryan Jones displayed a boat complete with cotton "steam" from its smokestack, while Nick Smith's boasted a dog as a passenger.

Laura Kershaw constructed the largest boat from wood, and the smallest boat was made from a tiny plastic cup by Lauren Parker.

Several students named their boats. Matthew May chose "Harry Carrey" as the name for his cabin cruiser. "Teddybear Valentine" was the name on Cassidy Olson's boat. Christine Foster pointed out that the USS on her vessel stood for "United States Ship."

Catholic art auction

Calling all art aficionados: The Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Council 7612 of the Knights of Columbus has set its annual art auction for Saturday from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. in the gym at St. Joseph's Catholic Community.

The Heisman Fine Arts Gallery will offer approximately 180 pieces of art for bid. In past years, bids at the auction have ranged anywhere from $60 to several thousand dollars, according to Joe Winterling, one of the event's organizers.

The auction has become a fixture on the social calendar at St. Joe's -- this is its 15th year. The event usually draws 250 or more participants. Art worth nearly $27,000 was sold last year.

Proceeds from the auction will be used to support the Knights' Robert H. Clark Memorial Scholarship fund, which provides scholarships to South Carroll-area high school graduates.

Robert H. Clark was a charter member of the Fulton J. Sheen Knights and a Carroll County school teacher.

Graduating seniors in our area are encouraged to apply for the scholarship, which focuses primarily on community service, with financial need as a secondary consideration. The Knights have awarded 10 such scholarships.

Scholarship applications will be available at the auction or can be obtained by calling Bryan Lawson at 737-8088. Applications must be postmarked by March 31.

Tickets to the art auction are $5 at the door and $25 for a patron package of six tickets. Doors open at 5:30 to patrons for early preview privileges.

For advance tickets or more information, call Mr. Winterling at 781-6361.

Jump rope fund-raiser

Things have really been hopping at Eldersburg Elementary School.

Students from every grade in the school recently participated in the Jumprope For Heart sponsored each year by the American Heart Association.

More than 160 students on 27 teams jumped individually, in pairs or in groups to raise funds for heart disease research.

This year, the students jumped in memory of Erwin P. Piper, husband of school staff member Betty Piper. Mr. Piper recently died of heart disease.

Last year, the students raised more than $7,000, and they set their goals even higher this year.

Scout food drive

Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts throughout the county are participating in a food drive known as Scouting For Food.

Saturday, the Scouts left empty bags at homes around our area in hopes that we will help by filling the bags with nonperishable food items. The Scouts will collect the filled bags Saturday and deliver them to local food pantries.

Church breakfast

Oakland United Methodist Church trustees will play host to an All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast on March 9 from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the church hall at 5971 Mineral Hill Road.

Offered are pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, gravy, hominy, pudding, rolls, juice, coffee and milk. Adults eat for $4.50; children 3 to 12, $3; under 3, free.

Information: 795-3115.

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