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Triadelphia Ridge's Lego Legends robotics team rocks [Glenwood/Glenelg/Dayton]

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The Lego Legends team from Triadelphia Ridge Elementary School has been chosen to attend the State Championship FIRST Lego League competition on Saturday, March 1. The team consists of members Sydney Alexander, Luke Dull, Alex Edwards Durand, Noah Hanson, Simon Hu, Ethan Mackey, Dyson Muller and Susie Shollenberger. Erin Edwards and Katie Mackey are the dedicated coaches who have helped them reach the state level.

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Lego League is designed for students in grades 4 through 8, introducing them to engineering by building Lego-based robots that complete tasks relating to a challenge. Teams, guided by their imaginations and adult coaches, design, build and program robots using real-world math and science concepts while they learn to think critically and work together.

Lego Legends is the only team from Triadelphia Ridge to represent the school at the state competition, and this is the first year that Triadelphia Ridge has even participated. According to Coach Edwards, "We are really thrilled and honored (and surprised frankly) to have been invited to attend the State Championship! I think it was the strength of the team in the Core Values that helped. We are a group that loves to have fun together and that really showed through to the judges, based on their comments. We also had a respectable showing in the robot game and project."

The Glenwood Middle School Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Fair was held on Thursday, Jan. 23. Eight students and two alternates were recognized for their hard work, creativity and knowledge about their STEM Fair projects, which will now be presented at the Howard County STEM Fair on Saturday, March 1.

Congratulations to Chris Desrochers for his project on "Type of Pill Coating on Time Taken to Dissolve", Gianna Graziano with "Type of Insulation on Ability to Maintain Temperature", Josie Kaufman with "Bat Material on Hitting Distance", Garrett Volley with "Pocket Depth on Shot Speed", Kaitlyn O'Byrne with "Swimsuit Material on Level of Fading in Chlorine Water", Nick Preece with "Pitch on Distance a Sound can be Heard", Anushka Desai with "Type of Preservation Method on a Carrot's Nutrient Density" and Izzy Moyer with "Eaten Substances on the Dissolution Rate of Ibuprofen". The alternates will be Matt Bowman with "Various Liquids on Rate of Heat Dissipation" and Corinne Rasch with "Light Color on Number of Insects Attracted". Congratulations to these talented middle school students.

The Spelling Bee at Bushy Park Elementary featured 19 finalists who bravely stepped up to the microphone to tackle challenging words in front of an audience of over 250 students, parents, and teachers on Friday, Jan. 24. It took 40 rounds, which was a new Bushy Park record, and demanding words like prognosticate and vestigial, to finally determine a winner. The Spelling Bee ended with fourth grader Spenser Flavin the winner and Sulman Zahid as the runner-up. Spenser will go on to the Howard County Spelling Bee on Friday, March 7.

Did you know that the Glenwood Lions Club maintains a medical equipment loan closet for members of the community? The closet is located at the Howard County Fairgrounds, and includes such items as walkers, canes, hospital trays, commodes, manual wheelchairs, crutches and even hospital beds.

Community members who need this equipment on a short-term basis should contact Lion Josh Dill, who is the coordinator for the loan closet. Some items can be delivered to the home where they are needed, while the larger and heavier items may need to be picked up at the fairgrounds. There is no charge for the loan service, but donations are always welcomed. If you are in need of medical equipment, call the Glenwood Lions Club at 410-707-4339 and leave a message.

If you have medical equipment in good condition which you no longer need, please consider donating it to the loan closet. The Lions do not accept electric wheelchairs or scooters, but can assist in delivering such donations to the Washington Area Wheelchair Society, a non-profit organization that provides a loan service to people in the Maryland and D.C. area.

As you drove past Glenelg High School in the last week you probably noticed the new addition at the front of the school. A digital marquee sign has been erected on the lawn to promote upcoming events. Glenelg staff, parents and students thank the Parent Teacher Student Association for providing the new sign. Now everyone will know what is going on at the school and we won't miss any of Glenelg's important news and events.

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