Education Notes

EDUCATION NOTES

June 17, 2007

Engineering course for high-schoolers

The Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering will offer a four-week summer course, "What is Engineering?" from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays July 9 through Aug. 3 at the university's new Dorsey Campus, 6810 Deerpath Road, Elkridge.

The course, which is open to rising juniors and seniors in high school, includes engineering concepts and participation in lab experiments, simulations and field trips. Transportation will be provided. Students will have opportunities to meet professional engineers and complete team projects such as building weight-bearing spaghetti bridges and mousetraps that catch pingpong balls.

Tuition is $1,700. Applications are available at http:--engineering-innovation.jhu. edu.

Information: 410-516-6224.

Initiative to promote, teach debate skills

Howard County students will have an opportunity to develop skills in critical thinking, research and debate through a new partnership between the school system and Capitol Debate, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching and promoting policy-debate programs in schools.

Under the terms of the partnership, high school students and their coaches will work with Capitol Debate to establish school debate teams, learn techniques and participate in local, regional and national debate tournaments. The organization will assist teachers introducing debate at the middle-school level and will provide resources on debating techniques for classroom use.

The partnership agreement was signed June 8 in Columbia.

Information: www.capitol- debate.com.

Board of Education to meet June 28

The Howard County Board of Education will hold a regularly scheduled meeting at 4 p.m. June 28 in the boardroom at the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City.

The afternoon session, and an evening session that is to begin at 7:30 p.m., will start with a public forum during which members of the public can address the board on any topic for which there is no formal hearing process. Sign-up in advance is preferred.

To sign up: 410-313-7194.

To request a sign-language interpreter: Colleen Rice, 410-313- 7046. Two-weeks' advance notice is preferred.

Summer school registration is open

The summer school program for Howard County high schools offers a variety of courses to allow students to earn credit toward graduation or for academic enrichment.

Registration is accepted in person only at Homewood Center, 10914 Route 108, Ellicott City from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday and from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday.

Tuition is $475 for credit courses; $275 for review credit courses. Some courses, including ESOL English courses and Algebra I, are free.

Registration forms are available in high school counseling offices and must include a counselor's signature.

Information: 410-313-6682.

Summer music camps are planned at HCC

Howard Community College's Musical Arts Center will offer summer music camps for beginners ages 5 to 10, intermediate and advanced students in strings and orchestra, rock, jazz and brass.

A Gemini Piano Trio Workshop for ages 11 to 18 and piano camps for ages 7 to 18 will also be offered.

"Arts Adventures: Music, Dance and Theater Experience" will be offered for ages 6 to 13 from June 25-29. Beginning violin classes for children ages 4 and older will also be offered.

Information: 410-772-4871.

Teen center to offer CPR class July 7

The Columbia Teen Center, 5853 Robert Oliver Place, will offer the American Heart Association's Heartsaver adult/infant/child cardiopulmonary resuscitation course for those ages 13 to 19 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. July 7.

Family members are encouraged to enroll with their teenagers. There is no written test, and two-year certification is awarded.

The cost is $60 for Columbia residents'; $72 for nonresidents. Registration is required.

Information: 410-992-3726.

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