SCIENCE IS FOUND all around us. It's in nature, in industry, in advancing technology and even in our kitchens.
At Freedom Elementary School in Eldersburg, students and their families spent Wednesday evening taking a closer look at our world at the school's annual Science Night.
More than 200 families participated in the evening of lectures and hands-on experiments in 15 workshops. The presentations were by local businesses and by Freedom families past and present.
Some of the most popular workshops were those that involved animals. The python, snapping turtle and salamanders at the reptile workshop kept students captivated, and a lively chinchilla at the personal pets display enthralled youngsters.
Those attending the hands-on workshops of gourd birdhouses, terrariums and native gardening were able to create something distinctive to remind them of the science around us.
A home-science workshop offered simple but intriguing experiments children can try at home using household products.
Science of the body was presented by practitioners who explained intricacies of the back and eyes. A surveillance robot and astronaut Roger Crouch highlighted the way science and technology go hand in hand.
Community resources and businesses were generous in providing equipment and presenters. Pat Reed was Science Night coordinator.
"I hope this will continue year after year," said Reed. "We want this event to be self-perpetuating. We're especially excited to have so many former and present Freedom families doing workshops for us."
Miss Maryland USA
When Miss Maryland USA is crowned this weekend, she could be someone you know.
Megan Young of Sykesville is one of the delegates set to compete for the title Saturday and Sunday at the Marriott Inner Harbor in Baltimore.
As a junior at Towson University, where she is majoring in broadcast journalism, Young has gained valuable experience through her preparations for the pageant. She has been a guest on several area radio programs and took a ride in a traffic helicopter.
"The pageant opens the doors to a lot of opportunities," Young said. "I enjoy being in the public eye, and I enjoy being around people."
Young has been hard at work on the local scene to draw attention to the pageant. She read to first-graders at Carrolltowne Elementary School during National Education Week and held a bake sale last weekend, with a portion of the proceeds going to a local charity.
Contestants will compete in swimsuit, evening gown and personality categories. Her parents, Carolyn Young-Marks and Richard Marks, have been videotaping practice interviews with Megan and preparing her for potential interview questions.
"I'm going to do the best I can," Young said.
Fun Run winners
Carrolltowne Elementary School's recent Fun Run was a great success.
While running, jogging or walking during their physical education time, students raised more than $24,000 for the PTA. The funds will support cultural programs for all grades.
Eight students who raised more than $200 each will receive recognition at an assembly today. They are: Matthew Georgianna, Jennifer McCourt, Curtis Tokarski Jr., Adam Nefferdorf, Brittany Bowen, Marc Fong, Blake Boles-Reed and John Peters.
Carrolltown Center will offer holiday events during the next couple of weeks.
Beginning this week, Cathy's Creative Store will be conducting holiday workshops for children four times a week.
For $6, parents may leave a child for a fun time of creating a distinctive gift complete with wrapping paper. Parents may shop while the child is at the workshop. Hours are 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.
he Victorian Carolers will perform from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in Center Court.
Sherry Graham's Southeast neighborhood column appears each Tuesday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.
Pub Date: 11/25/97