Thumbs up: Shiloh Middle School in Hampstead and Carroll Community College teamed up recently to host a STEM day event, during which students built air-propelled "puff-mobiles," made slime and constructed lava lamps. The idea was to capture the middle-schoolers' imaginations in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math — areas that younger students often lose interest in because of the challenging courses. The hands-on activity brought some excitement to the middle-schoolers' days, allowing students to test math and science concepts and see them in action.
Thumbs up: Brendan Black and Dustin Parker, seniors in the automotive services technical program at the Carroll County Career and Technical Center earned fourth place in the Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills state finals last weekend. The two qualified to compete when they earned the highest score from their schools on a written exam. The competition consisted of a written exam and a hands-on portion. During the hands-on competition, students had to correctly identify and fix intentionally installed bugs or issues on identical 2015 Ford Fiesta SE cars set up in a parking lot on the college campus.
Thumbs up: Taneytown Elementary School was recently named Carroll County Public Schools winner for the 2014-15 Maryland Breakfast Challenge for showing the highest increase in students who ate school breakfast compared with the school's total enrollment. With a $20,450 mini grant from Action for Healthy Kids, the school was able to purchase hot holding bags, which allowed cafeteria staff to pilot a hot breakfast entree program for fourth- and fifth-graders, which it plans to expand to the entire school next year. The breakfasts at Taneytown Elementary are offered through the Maryland Meals for Achievement program, a breakfast project that began in 1998 in which schools provide meals in the classroom every morning and all students are served for free, regardless of family income.
Thumbs up: For 35 years, the Church of the Brethren Mid-Atlantic District has held an auction in Carroll County to help fund disaster relief, raising more than $1.6 million since 1981. Today's Mid-Atlantic Disaster Response Auction at the Carroll County Agriculture Center's Shipley Arena will look to add to that total. In the past, funding from the event has been used to help fill the gaps the federal government doesn't reach, such as after the earthquake in Haiti or Hurricane Sandy in New York and New Jersey.