South Carroll roundup: Rube Goldberg celebration at the Eldersburg Library

The Eldersburg branch of the Carroll County Public Library celebrates Rube Goldberg's life by welcoming the kids in the community to open up their imagination and build their own creations on Wednesday, Feb. 8.

According to Kahla Gubanich, the Children's Library Associate at the Eldersburg branch, Rube Goldberg was a cartoonist and inventor. He was known for creating complex machines that required multiple steps to perform a single simple task. She gave the example of cracking an egg or opening a can of dog food during an email conversation.


Gubanich also said that this is the first time she had the honor of coordinating this program at the library. She also said that this is not the first time this event has been hosted at the Eldersburg branch or other branches in the county.

"Carroll County Public Library is excited to continue the work that we and other libraries have done to get kids invested in designing, building, and testing the complex network of reactions that form a Rube Goldberg machine," stated Gubanich.

Throughout the Rube Goldberg Build Day program, the kids will be able to build their own crazy contraptions like Goldberg did.

"Participants will work together with materials provided by the Library to design and build a Rube Goldberg machine that can move a pile of coins into a container. Creativity is crucial, along with the ability to rework and expand the design as it progresses," stated Gubanich.

For Gubanich and the rest of the staff at the Eldersburg library, it is important that the kids attend these kinds of programs. The Rube Goldberg challenge provides an opportunity for kids to work as a team and at the same time, learn about engineering. Also, this helps kids create solutions to simple problems.

For this program, they will have the opportunity to test and refine their design, and then, in March, according to Gubanich, the participants of this program will be able to showcase them.

The Rube Goldberg challenge is part of the makerspace Exploration Point at the library.

"We hope the challenge will inspire other customers to create and explore during Independent Exploration, our Exploration Point open hours," stated Gubanich.

For more information about the equipment and a full calendar of open hours for Exploration Point and other upcoming programs, you may visit the Carroll County Library's website at library.carr.org/explorationpoint.

Also, please check out the library website for date and time of The Rube Goldberg challenge happening throughout the county. This is one of three build days happening in February.

This program starts at 6 p.m. and kids ages 11 to 17 are welcome to come. For more information you may contact the library at 410-386-4460. The Eldersburg Library is located at 6400 W. Hemlock Drive Eldersburg.

South Carroll High NHS collecting clothes for needy

Throughout this month, the NHS at South Carroll High School is collecting donations of men's and women's clothing sizes small to 6X to benefit the Maryland Center for Veterans Education & Training.

Mackenzie Wenczkowski, the president of the honor society and a senior at South Carroll, stated during an email interview that this is the first time they have hosted this event.


Wenczkowski stated that the MCVET relies heavily on donations, especially throughout the winter, to keep their veterans warmly clothed and she said that MCVET has a huge influx of veterans in the winter months.

"Our NHS chapter believes it is important to help our veterans in every way possible. We have also raised money over the course of the school year to donate to MCVET," stated Wenczkowski. "The idea came from myself and a few other NHS members who visited MCVET and saw their need for donations to keep their supplies stocked."

All donations are welcome, however, large sizes are preferred. Also, two winners will be drawn for the raffle to receive a $25 amazon gift card. For each donation, you will receive a raffle ticket to be entered into drawing.

All of the community members are encouraged to participate and donations can be made in the South Carroll High School's Media Center.

You also may contact Mackenzie Wenczkowski at 443-852-8096 for more information or if you would like to have your donations picked up. Remember, volunteers are always welcome.

Calvary Lutheran presents 'Music For Mark' fundraising event

The Calvary Lutheran Church is hosting a fundraising event on Jan. 21 at 6 p.m. for one of their church members, Mark, who was diagnosed with MS or Multiple Sclerosis.

According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Multiple Sclerosis is an unpredictable often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body.

Mark has been a member of the church for many years and this is a nice idea to raise money for his treatment.

For dinner, they will have spaghetti and they will also have music playing, which starts at 6:45 p.m.

The church is located at 16151 Old Frederick Rd, at the Woodbine exit off I-70. For additional information, call Calvary Lutheran Church at 410-489-5280.

Sharina Taveras Lopez covers Eldersburg, Sykesville, Mount Airy, Winfield, Taylorsville and neighboring communities. Reach her at st008@connections.mcdaniel.edu.