Cold camp sparks teacher's enthusiasm

March 15, 2001|By Jean Marie Beall | Jean Marie Beall,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

TO MANY RESIDENTS, we've had enough snow this year, thank you. But not Michael Hubenthal, who recently traveled to New York to look for more.

Hubenthal, a geologist and eighth-grade science teacher at Northwest Middle School, has returned from a research trip to Lake Placid, N.Y., where he joined 16 teachers and three scientists from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to study frozen waterfalls.

"Winter Camp 2001 - Pole to Pole," the official name of the research program, is a partnership among Northwood School in Lake Placid, NASA and Blue Ice International, a nonprofit research organization.

Lake Placid was host to the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics and is considered an ideal location for nonpolar snow and ice investigations, said Lynn Chandler, a NASA public affairs officer.

Hubenthal said the trip had two purposes: To expose teachers to scientific research and to study waterfall formation and internal ice structure. The team lived in tents in arctic conditions for seven days.

To prepare for the trip, Hubenthal said he had to brush up on geology. He earned his bachelor's degree in secondary science education with a major in geology from Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania. The trip renewed his passion for science.

"As a teacher, you go into teaching science because you love science," he said. But after five years in the profession, Hubenthal finds he spends more and more time on other school activities.

"The biggest thing was bringing the excitement back," he continued. "I felt rejuvenated."

Hubenthal got involved in the trip through his work with developing a new science curriculum for Carroll County Public Schools.

The county is working with NASA to develop an earth and space science class, he said. The course will include the study of astronomy, geology, oceanography and meteorology. A pilot course will be offered to seniors in the fall.

Space invades Runnymede

Posters of planets, rockets and other space-related objects decorated the cafeteria walls at Runnymede Elementary last week. The school cafeteria held a celebration of space exploration and highlighted its breakfast program.

Runnymede was one of many schools across the state that took part in the Maryland School Breakfast Coalition's "Launch Your Day With School Breakfast" contest. Last week was also National School Breakfast Week.

Sherry Hahn, cafeteria manager, said the weeklong event was a great success.

Parents went to school to have breakfast with their children. One day, she had 74 children and parents share breakfast.

"The kids did such a good job," Hahn said of the posters and poetry.

A couple of students dressed as the Wright Brothers and gave a presentation about the history of flying.

Each morning, Runnymede Principal Joseph Dorsey was the voice of Commander Good Meal.

"Today we are flying to meet the Jetsons," Dorsey said. "Meet George Jetson, his son, Elroy, his daughter, Judy, and his wife, Jane. So buckle up. It's going to be a bumpy ride."

Children who created art for the wall received a poster of the space shuttle launch.

Children who went to breakfast received prizes.

Garden club to meet

Silver Fancy Garden Club will meet at 1 p.m. today at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 38 W. Baltimore St., Taneytown.

Karen Offutt from the Landscape Design Council will officiate.

Auto show

The Street Cars of Desire and Thunderhead Bowling Center will hold the sixth annual car show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the bowling center's parking lot. Last year's event drew nearly 100 cars.

Rain date is April 29.

Dress in green

If you don't wear green on St. Patrick's Day, you will be pinched.

If you don't have breakfast Saturday with Taneytown Lions Club, you won't get another chance for six months.

The Lions' all-you-can-eat breakfast - with pancakes, sausage, eggs fried to order and more - will be held from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Taneytown Carnival Grounds Building.

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

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

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