Cub Scouts experiment with science to earn points


March 08, 2001|By Jean Marie Beall | Jean Marie Beall,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

CHARLES KEENEY was ready. On the table was a board with a homemade volcano made of clay.

Gathered around Charles, a member of Union Bridge's Cub Scout Pack 459, were his grandmother Pat Keeney - who also is his den mother - and fellow Scouts anxious to see his experiment.

After pouring a small container of vinegar into the volcano's hole, white foam poured out.

Charles' experiment was part of the troop's science fair. Each Cub Scout demonstrated an experiment.

"I put baking soda in first and then added the vinegar," Charles said. "That's what makes it foam."

Pat Keeney said Charles' father, Steven, did the same experiment 25 years ago when he was a Scout, though Charles did not know that until he finished building the volcano.

Kagan Hoffman said he wanted to learn about electricity. He taped a piece of string to the table. On the end of the string were three Cheerios. Kagan combed his hair with vigor and then held the comb near the string. Cheerios, string and comb stuck together.

Phillip Duerr, 11, also demonstrated electricity. He took two pencils, each end exposed, and pushed them through a piece of thin, round cardboard. The pencils were put into a glass of water with a small amount of salt dropped in. He then took two wires and wrapped one end of each on the pencils and the other end onto a 9-volt battery. The pencils began to move in circles. "In science we're learning what we can do with electricity," Phillip said.

Three other Scouts, Taylor Kabrick, Nicholas Lawler and Logan Oglesby, were curious what would happen to chicken bones if left in vinegar for two weeks.

During the fair, each of them took out the bones.

"Look at it bend," Logan said.

Lorna Clum, Logan's mom, said they got the idea after a discussion about bones and nutrition.

Shane Weeks wasn't sure what would happen in his experiment. He knew that if you put a mineral into a cup of baking soda and vinegar, the mineral would react to the mixture.

"But I don't know if the same will happen to a rock," he said.

A test seemed to show no effect.

R. J. Wetzel tried an experiment he found on his computer. He took a balloon and put the opening over a soda bottle's top. The bottle and balloon were put into a container of cold water. Slowly the balloon began to inflate.

"It's inflating because of the difference in temperatures" inside the bottle and the water, he explained.

Keeney said the Scouts' science experiments would earn them points toward a science badge.

Benefit dance

A benefit dance for the family of Penny Sinnott will be held from 8 p.m. to midnight Friday at Union Bridge Volunteer Fire Company's activity building.

Sinnott was diagnosed with a brain tumor three years ago, according to Linda Haines, Sinnott's aunt.

Sinnott died Feb. 11.

"The family is still going to have the dance to help defray some of the medical costs," Haines said.

The cost is $10. No Alibi will provide music.

Information: Linda Haines, 410-775-1805.

Kindergarten registration

The Northwest area's three elementary schools will have kindergarten registration March 12-16.

Parents should take a copy of the child's birth certificate, proof of residence (a utility bill may be used) and the child's Social Security number.

Registration times for each school vary.

Elmer Wolfe Elementary, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily; Runnymede Elementary School, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily; and Taneytown Elementary School, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily, with registration also open 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Lions breakfast reminder

Taneytown Lions Club will hold its St. Patrick's Day pancake breakfast from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. March 17 at Taneytown Carnival Grounds Building.

The cost is $4.50 for adults, $2.50 for children ages 6 to 12.

Information: 410-751-1120.

Golf fund-raiser

Old man winter has decided to hang around awhile, but that doesn't mean golfers can't think spring and the greens. And for those who like to golf, Francis Scott Key High School Athletic Boosters has a deal for you.

The group is holding its second annual Birdies4Eagles Golf Tournament at 2 p.m. April 28 at The Links in Gettysburg, Pa. Cost is $100. per person .

Information: Debbie Frazier, 410-756-2278.

Jean Marie Beall's Northwest neighborhood column appears each Thursday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

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