Teacher guides students into age of technology


November 01, 1996|By Christy Kruhm | Christy Kruhm,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

EVERY YEAR, among the new students who enter Cliff Feldman's technology classes are a nervous few who are apprehensive about what exactly is behind the lab doors.

For these South Carroll High School students, any use of high-tech equipment is scary, especially when it determines whether they will pass or fail the required course.

Feldman assures these technophobic students that they "will be better by the end of the semester, not great, but better."

He spends the rest of the semester introducing the study of lasers, robotics and computers with practical, hands-on activities.

It is this dedication to his students and the technology education program that has earned Feldman the Maryland Technology Education Teacher of the Year award. The award is presented by the Technology Education Association of Maryland.

Originally begun as a pilot program at South Carroll four years ago, the technology education classes are a model for high schools across the county. One credit of technology education is required for students to graduate.

Feldman, who came to Carroll County with 17 years of experience in technology education in Baltimore County schools, has been aboard since the start of the program.

He received his undergraduate degree from the University of New York at Buffalo and a master's degree in computers from the Johns Hopkins University. He is certified by the state in technology education, computer science and administration.

The official definition of technology education is "the application of knowledge, tools and skills to solve practical problems and extend human capabilities."

Feldman said that when the semester ends, nothing makes his job more rewarding than when students ask if they can sign up for another class with him. Elective courses are available in specialized areas of study.

He is quick to note the "success of the program is not in a vacuum. I have great administrators and supervisors to work with."

Scouts visit New York

For nearly two years, Cheryl Washington's Cub Scout den has been working toward an ambitious goal: climbing the 364 steps to the top of the Statue of Liberty.

On Oct. 25, the boys achieved that goal.

Early that morning, a chartered bus left Mount Airy with the Cub Scouts, their families and friends, bound for a day of sightseeing in New York City.

The Cub Scouts are Zac Chillemi, Robert Etzler, Justin Gilman, Michael McKenzie, Mark Mullinix, Michael Mullinix, Bryan Smith, Kyle Tilghman, Ryan Washington and Michael Willingham.

Band places first

South Carroll Marching Cavaliers continued its winning season, placing first in Group 2 bands at the Maryland State Band Championships at Towson State University last weekend.

This was the first time in the history of South Carroll High School that the marching band captured the state title. They finished with a score of 88.9.

The band will compete at 7: 15 p.m. tomorrow at the Chapter Championships at Westminster High School.

Christy Kruhm's Southwest Carroll Neighborhood column appears each Friday in the Carroll County section of The Sun.

Pub Date: 11/01/96

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