National Electronics Museum aims to spark technological interest with Robot Fest

Robot-making, technology demonstrations and talks of all things mechanical will occur Saturday at the 18th annual Robot Fest at the National Electronics Museum.

Celebrating the creative use of technology, this STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) event will showcase hands-on exhibits, workshops and demonstrations from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

“Robot Fest is an event you go to every year and know that you will see new things every time,” said Mike Simons, director of the National Electronics Museum. “There is lots to do and lots to see.”

Roboticists, hackers, hobbyists, artists and makers can enjoy developing new creations with the use of fabrics, electronics and mechanical parts. Additionally, guests can participate in one of the various demonstrations and workshops.

“Many of the exhibits are interactive, plus [there will be] soldering, circuit-building and rocket-launching workshops,” said Simons. “It’s a day to see, experience and learn about technology.”

Along with robotics demonstrations by local elementary schools, guests can also see exhibits featuring non-traditional robots, such as microcontroller programing, wearable technology and paper circuits.

Admission is $8 for adults and $4 for middle and high school students. Elementary-aged students and younger are admitted for free. The National Electronics Museum is at 1745 W. Nursery Road in Linthicum. Call 410-765-0230 or visit http://www.nationalelectronicsmuseum.org for more information.

Writing, art contest winners

The GWFC Woman’s Club of Linthicum Heights announced the winners of its annual writing and art contest at an April 14 ceremony. Each year, participants are placed in categories based on their grade levels and then are placed in divisions depending on what type of entry is submitted.

One of the big winners this year was Isabella Falen, who won with her poem, Spare Parts.

“Isabella has been entering the poetry and short story contests since she was in seventh grade at Brooklyn Park Middle School,” said Bernie Simon, co-chair of the Education Committee for the club. “She then went on to Annapolis Area Christian School and then Annapolis High School. She entered the contests every year for six years and was a first place winner each year. As a senior at Annapolis High School, this is the last year for Isabella to win in this contest.”

Other local winners include Finn Hitchens, Gwenyth Berger, Julia Galvin, Zoey Romero, Matthew Kuhns and Madison Bollinger from St. Philip Neri School; Yarely Gonzalez from Lindale Middle School; and Sylvia Randle from Linthicum Elementary School.

Virtual dementia tour

When Aidan Young and two of his Lindale Middle School classmates were tasked with developing a project that would help the community as part of their eighth grade STEM Magnet Changemaker project, they chose to focus on something that would allow others to experience what living with dementia is like.

In partnership with the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging, the students will host a virtual dementia tour 6-8 p.m.April 30, in which participants can experience the struggles that affect those with dementia, at the school’s media center.

This simulated experience and exercise allows others to understand what those living with dementia struggle with on a daily basis, particularly when they are completing basic tasks and making decisions.

Registration is limited to 24 participants. Visit http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0b4da4a82fa1f58-virtual​ to sign up or email Stacey Young at seyoung521@gmail.com for more information.

Preschool Registration

St. John’s Nursery School is accepting registration for its cooperative preschool program for the 2018-19 school year. The preschool offers three- and five-day-a-week programs for ages three and four.

Classes are held at St. John Lutheran Church at 300 W. Maple Lane in Linthicum. For more information, visit http://www.stjohnsnursery.com/.

Linthicum Community Library

The Linthicum Community Library, 400 Shipley Road, will host the Book Buddies Reading Club April 30 at 4:30 p.m. The book 8 Class Pets + 1 Dog ÷ 1 Squirrel = Chaos, by Vivian Vande Velde will be discussed.

The library will also hold its Chess Club, for all ages, May 2 at 6 p.m.

Email your Linthicum news to Heather Vecchioni at aroundlinthicum@gmail.com.

Copyright © 2018, The Baltimore Sun, a Baltimore Sun Media Group publication | Place an Ad
88°