Science lectures for high school students set


July 21, 2002|By Rosalie Falter | Rosalie Falter,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THE HISTORICAL Electronics Museum, under the sponsorship of the Northrop Grumman Litton Foundation, will present a series of science lectures, demonstrations and tours on a broad range of science and engineering topics to inspire high school students to choose careers involving science or engineering.

The series will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturdays starting this fall and continuing until the spring. The 10-week event will be conducted by professors at University of Maryland, Baltimore County; University of Maryland, College Park; the Johns Hopkins University; and engineers at local technology-based organizations such as Northrop Grumman and National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Although the specific course offerings are being decided, they will be chosen from such topics as the history of radar in peacetime and war, evolution and molecular biology, ethical issues in science and engineering, the science of satellites, the space shuttle Challenger disaster and its lessons for engineering decision-making, and micromechanics and nanomechanics.

The presentations will be held in Pioneer Hall of the Historical Electronics Museum, 1745 West Nursery Road in Linthicum. The event will include hands-on experiments, discussions with the speaker and tours of the museum to demonstrate how the concepts have become embodied in real systems. There will be handouts of notes and Web links for further investigation. The sessions will be videotaped for use by high school teachers. This is the first year the series is being offered to high school students.

Information, registration: 410-765-2345.

Sounds of bluegrass

The Annapolis Bluegrass Coalition will bring its electrifying picking, soulful singing, eclectic arrangements and original songs to Linthicum Park at 6 p.m. July 28 in the fifth program of the Concerts in the Park series.

The concert is "sure to get hands to clappin', knees to slappin' and toes to tappin'," says Roger Green, leader of the Annapolis Bluegrass Coalition, which brings its presentation of traditional and contemporary bluegrass compositions laced with three-part harmonies and bluesy solos to the concert. The instrumental group includes banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar and acoustic bass fiddle.

Linthicum Park is on Benton Avenue off Route 170 in Linthicum at the blinking light. In the event of rain, the concert will be canceled. Attendees should take chairs. Picnics and coolers are welcome, but no alcoholic beverages are allowed. The free concerts are presented by the Woman's Club of Linthicum Heights.

Information: Jo Barker, 410-859-3308.

Craftspeople sought

The North Glen Sports Club is looking for craftspeople to participate in its Fall Festival scheduled 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 25 at the North Glen Improvement Association Hall, 303 Wellham Ave. Tables (8 feet long) and two chairs can be rented for $25.

Besides crafts, the festival will include food and games for children. There also will be sign-up for fall baseball and softball for girls and boys ages 6 to 14.

To reserve a table: Laura Vykol, 410-789-5818.

Andover class reunion

Ever wonder what happened to a former classmate? Did he or she go on to become the doctor they said they wanted to be? Or did the person who wanted to start a band fulfill that dream? If you graduated indover High School Class of 1967, come to your 35th reunion next month and find out.

The event will start with dinner Aug. 23 at the Comfort Inn, and formal reunion activities will take place the night of Aug. 24 at a location to be determined. Twenty rooms are reserved at the Comfort Inn, 6921 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd., Brooklyn, 410-789-0100. The deadline for reservations is Aug. 1.

Information: Bill Gawthrop, 410-451-2610 or Gawthrop@

AARP meeting

Patapsco Valley Chapter 3850 of AARP will hold its monthly meeting Wednesday at St. Christopher's Episcopal Church, 118 Marydell Road. A social hour with refreshment starts at noon, followed by the program at 12:45 p.m. The business meeting will start at 1:30 p.m. The speaker will be Gregory Howard of Annapolis, who will talk on the necessity of will, living wills and advance directives.

Donations needed

The Yarn Ladies, a group that knits lap robes for residents of nursing homes and provides them with toiletries, needs fabric bias tape, yarn, jewelry, small soaps, shampoos, lotions and large boxes of tissues. Donations can be taken to the meeting. Also, members are reminded to take food that will be donated to a food bank.

Information: Paul Bagley, publicity chairman, 410-255- 2601.

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