The Baltimore Museum of Industry will be host to as many as 800 students this weekend, all calculating or devising solutions to engineering puzzles posed by members of the Engineering Society of Baltimore. You may watch, too -- as some 3,000 folks did a year ago.
Seventy teams of students from schools throughout the state will ponder problems such as protecting a raw egg during a 6-foot trip that ends at a wall and creating a cargo plane that can fly while carrying a heavy load. Tomorrow and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., visitors to the museum can see students test their designs.
Tomorrow, elementary and middle school students will take on "Mystery Challenges," problems they will try to solve without preparation.
The Baltimore Museum of Industry and the Engineering Society of Baltimore have been conducting Engineering Challenges since 1990.
The Museum of Industry is south of the Inner Harbor at 1415 Key Highway. Admission is $3.50 for adults, $2.50 for students and senior citizens, and $12 for families. Information: 727-4808.
If you've always thought arm-wrestling was something found only on obscure cable TV stations, visit Bohager's at 515 S. Eden St., east of the Inner Harbor, on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday nights.
You'll find muscular men and women competing each evening in the Baltimore regional rounds of the 26-city Yukon Jack World Arm Wrestling Championships. Winners, to be decided Thursday, get $200 and advance to the world competition in San Francisco in August.
Participants must be at least 21 years old and pay a $5 entry fee. Proceeds go to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Registration starts at 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, with competition starting at 8:30. Regional finals are Wednesday night. Men are divided into three weight classes -- 160 pounds and under, 161-190 pounds, and 191 pounds or more. Women compete in one open division.