Technology Education Challenge set for tomorrow

March 12, 2004|By Fay Lande

Middle and high school students will participate in the Howard public schools' 10th Technology Education Challenge from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow at Reservoir High School.

Technology Education students have worked on projects in their home schools. Those who have created mobile projects, such as miniature cars, planes and robots will compete tomorrow.

Students used engineering, design and problem-solving processes in creating their projects. An air-powered dragster (10 inches long and made of wood) will race and be judged on speed. The designs have been tested in small wind tunnels.

A Techno-Bot competition for middle and high school students involves designing and building a remote-controlled robot able to push another robot out of a 4-foot circle.

High school students were asked to design a house and build a model of it to specification. Architects will judge their work, said Dennis Soboleski, resource teacher for technology education programs.

Other challenges include a bridge made of plastic straws that will be tested for efficiency. The bridge must use a minimum of material and hold the most weight. A maglev vehicle (that floats on a cushion of air and is moved along a track by propeller) and a tethered airplane that flies in a circle 16-feet in diameter will also be tested, Soboleski said.

The young designers are required to bring a three-paneled display describing their project and the creation process. During judging, they will stand by their exhibits and answer questions.

Trophies will be presented to the top three teams in each event.

Information: 410-313-6629.

Murray Hill Middle pupils marking dAp Day today

Murray Hill Middle School will celebrate its second dAp (Disability Awareness Program) Day today.

Activities are planned to help children develop sensitivity to the challenges and experiences of people with disabilities, "with the message being that we're more alike than different," said Gifted and Talented Program resource teacher Lisa Gottlieb, who is coordinating the program in cooperation with Howard County public schools.

The children will hear speakers, and some will participate in a wheelchair-basketball demonstration, alongside athletes with disabilities. Fidos for Freedom, a local nonprofit group, will show dogs trained to help people with low vision or physical disabilities.

"That'll be our whole day," Gottlieb said.

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