Marc Clayton, APL help make science, math fun for children


March 18, 1997|By Sherry Graham | Sherry Graham,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

MARC CLAYTON thinks that science and math are great fun. So do fourth- and fifth-grade students at Carrolltowne Elementary School, thanks to Clayton's presentation there Thursday.

"Marc's Groovy Science Program" gave students a fun way to see how science and math skills apply to everyday life.

Using simple objects, Clayton performed experiments and explained basic concepts of physics, energy and motion. Math skills were used in measurements, temperature and angles.

The program, underwritten by the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, was extremely popular with students, who were eager to participate.

"He really taught us about science, where you were learning stuff but it was fun," said Shannon Wilson, 10. "It was hilarious, one exciting thing after another."

Clayton presents his program twice a month to elementary and middle schools and is always well received.

"I wish he was our science teacher, he made the science so fun," Shannon said.

For more information on the program, call Clayton at 410-792-6000, Ext. 4149.

Student wins contest

Sometimes a school writing assignment can lead to good things. Just ask Freedom Elementary student Liz Edwards.

When the fifth-grader wrote a short story titled "A Friend in High Places," she had no idea the story would travel so far. Written as an assignment for teacher Jennie Dow, Liz's story has brought her statewide acclaim.

Today,Liz will be recognized by the Carroll Reading Council as the regional winner of the Young Authors Contest at an awards ceremony at Western Maryland College. Liz's story was chosen first out of 80 entries from county students.

Tomorrow,Liz will receive another award the State of Maryland International Reading Association Council for her first-place finish among fifth-graders in a statewide contest. She also will receive a copy of "The Young Authors' Anthology." Liz is the daughter of Tom and Jill Edwards of Eldersburg.

AG Days

The annual Carroll County AG Days will be celebrated from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at Carrolltown Center.

More than 20 organizations and businesses will have displays. The event is held to heighten public awareness of the importance of agriculture in our lives, health, comfort and future economic growth.

Children's activities include a live farm display, informal 4-H demonstrations and a pedal tractor pull. The evening will feature a decorated cake contest, children's coloring contest and a homemade ice cream churn-off contest.

The event is sponsored by agricultural businesses and organizations, the Maryland State Grange and the Carroll County Cooperative Extension Service.

Information: 410-781-7070.

Walk in the park

With the official start of spring later this week, it's the perfect time for a walk in the park. The Piedmont Pacers Volksmarch Club of Carroll County is sponsoring a volksmarch Saturday and Sunday at Piney Run Park.

Participants of all ages are invited to enjoy either a five-kilometer wooded natural surface trail or a 10-kilometer trail of natural and paved surfaces. Both trails wind their way through the scenic park.

Walkers may start between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. but must finish by 5 p.m. There is no cost.

Information: Chuck Merkel, 410-795-7855.

Optimist dance

The Freedom Optimist Softball League is sponsoring a fund-raising dance from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday in the gym at St. Joseph Catholic Community.

Music will be provided by the Green Onions. Cost is $25 per couple with beer, wine, soda and set-ups provided.

Information: Mike Boehme, 410-549-1564.

Sherry Graham's Southeast Carroll neighborhood column appears Tuesdays in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 3/18/97

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