STEM partnership means hands-on learning for Halstead, Pleasant Plains students [Loch Raven]

August 28, 2013|

An exciting science curriculum has been planned for students of both Halstead Academy and Pleasant Plains Elementary School for the 2013 -2014 school year. The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)and Education Outreach Facility of Aberdeen Proving Grounds has partnered with the two schools to provide students hands-on learning opportunities. Susie Peeling, resource teacher for the schools said, "This center, which has attracted students from across the country, changes the way children think of and regard science and engineering."

During National Engineering Week, early in 2014, students will work with Dr. Sandra Young from the Department of Defense STEM to learn about car design and construct solar cars. On another occasion, elementary students, with the help of high school students from Randallstown High, will do chemistry investigations at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds chemistry labs. In addition, the students will have the opportunity to work in the computer lab, machine shops and wet labs. Peeling added, "the STEM Center's July opening was a great day for Maryland and an exceptionally great day for Halstead and Pleasant Plains as both schools have upcoming visits planned and scheduled and a new partnership that will take the STEM programs at both schools to new levels. The opportunities for Halstead and Pleasant Plains are endless at the STEM and Education Outreach Facility and puts both schools on the cutting edge of STEM Education."

Calvert Hall College High School became a certified X-STEM school in July. Doug Heidrick from Calvert Hall said, "Schools with this distinction are organized and sponsored in conjunction with the USA Science & Engineering Festival and the mission is to provide student leadership opportunities to promote STEM in each school and community beginning with an X-STEM Student Ambassador Team. Benefits of being an X-STEM school include participation in the April 2014 X-STEM Symposium in Washington, D.C., school STEM Outreach Mission programs, eligibility for a Nifty Fifty Speaker and leadership opportunities for STEM student leaders."

Grab the popcorn and enjoy movies on the lawn at Babcock Presbyterian Church, 8240 Loch Raven Blvd., on Friday evenings at 8 p.m. on Sept. 13, 20 and 28. Sponsored by Loch Raven Village, Nettishall and Ridgely community associations and Babcock Church, the first movie will be "Despicable Me." Light refreshments will be available for purchase and in the event of rain, movies will be shown inside the church.

The community gardens at Babcock Church were enhanced by the Boy Scouts who meet in the church's chapel. The boys constructed wooden borders around each of the 20 plus plots, a wooden shelter for the garden hoses, plus a bulletin board with a small roof. To inquire about having a garden next season, call the church at 410- 25-3314.

The church is also excited to be celebrating the fourth anniversary of its A+Before and After School program. They now have a growing waiting list and the pastor, Harry Cahill, said it is "primarily because of the great reputation of our staff and programs, which includes help with homework, tutoring, faith sharing and love and care given to our students." For information, contact director Emily Meoli at the church.

Stop at Arnolia United Methodist Church thrift shop on Saturday, Aug. 31 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. when it celebrates the shop's second anniversary with a clearance sale of many items, including clothing, jewelry, linens and household goods. The church is located at 1776 Joppa Road and proceeds from the shop go to help the needy in the community.

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