Winfield Elementary pupils are engineers for a day


April 09, 1999|By Donna Abel | Donna Abel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

PUPILS AT WINFIELD Elementary had the chance to be engineers for a day when representatives from Northrop Grumman Corp. and Techtronics visited to talk to third-graders and several classes of second- and fourth-graders.

Winfield parents Nancy and David Bittler, Kent Mathias and Mike Hines generously gave their time to talk about being engineers.

"The presentation is called the Discover `E' program," says Bill Pearre, school principal. "It's a program that introduces elementary students to engineering as part of the third grade's structures unit in science class."

As part of the program, the pupils were divided into groups of four. Each team was challenged to build a bridge from gumdrops and toothpicks. The pupils tested the strength of their bridges by placing pennies atop the structures until they broke.

Third-graders Thomas Sager, Veronica Ruebeck, Spencer Freemont and Chelsea Smith built the strongest bridge, which held 320 pennies. They received airplane erasers for their effort. All participating pupils received pencils and bookmarks.

Northrop will make a financial gift to Winfield Elementary.

"The money will be used in the renovation of our computer lab," Pearre said.

Johns Hopkins fund-raiser

Winfield pupils raised a considerable sum of money for the Johns Hopkins Children's Fund.

Through a Math-A-Thon in February, the children raised $9,866. Top fund-raisers were: E. J. Kreinar, Danny Johnson, Jessee Wright, Kyle English, William Brooks, Chris Mayne, Lindsey Will, Staci Stalnaker, Brendan Schlauch, April Forman and Chris Brown.

Horse show

An English/Western horse show will be presented by the Mount Airy Saddle Pals on Sunday at the Mount Airy Carnival Grounds at Twin Arch Road and Route 27.

Competitions will be held for English, Western and trail riding, as well as a riding and jumping ring.

Refreshments will be available.

Registration is at 8: 30 a.m. and the show starts at 9 a.m. Registration cost is $5 per class and spectators are admitted free.

Information: Betsy Gates, 301-829-5014, or Cheryl Warren, 301-831-5230.

Drop-in Storytime

The Mount Airy Public Library's "Read With Me" program will feature a "Froggies" theme at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1: 30 p.m. Tuesday.

Children ages 4 to 6 are encouraged to attend and no registration is required. The same theme will be featured during "Family Storytime" at 1: 30 p.m. April 16. That program is open to children of all ages. Children under 3 must be accompanied by a caregiver.

The library is at 705 Ridge Ave., Mount Airy.

Information: 410-795-1010 or 301-829-5290.

Donna Abel's Southwest Neighborhood column appears each Friday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 4/09/99

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