Visiting engineers give students a Titanic challenge


DISCOVER "E" came to visit eighth-graders at Sykesville Middle School Friday.

Sponsored by the Electronic Sensors & Systems Division at Northrop Grumman, the nationwide educational outreach program sends engineers to schools to encourage students to consider careers in engineering and science.

Engineers Meg Solomon and Larry Hajnos of Northrop Grumman in Sykesville presented an interesting scientific challenge to students in Eric Conway's science classes.

Using "ships" made of plastic piping, plastic laminate and a small amount of clay, students attempted to construct water-tight bulkheads. Their aim was to make ships that would float when holes were uncovered in the hulls.

The project gave rise to a brief discussion of the two major engineering flaws of the ill-fated Titanic -- brittle metal covering the hull and bulkheads that were not watertight and allowed water to flow from one area to another.

James Green, Jen Leese, Justin Muhl, Shelley Rankin and George Simons debated possible construction options for their team's ship. Their efforts paid off as their ship was able to float with the most holes in the hull.

In addition to sparking interest in engineering careers, the Discover "E" program presents participating schools with a $1,000 check. Sykesville Middle School has participated in the program the past few years and recently purchased three multimedia stations for use by the school's science and math departments. The stations enable students to create technical Web pages and further their science and math knowledge.

Fine finisher

"Not everybody knows what a faux finisher is, and they're often surprised to hear there's one in Sykesville," said Judith Klein.

Many people will soon know Klein and her work. Her talent has been getting a lot of attention at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's Show House, an annual fund-raiser.

Klein and her husband, Dan, owners of Fine Line Paint and Wallcovering Inc., applied their creative efforts to one room of the house at 1201 N. Calvert St., Baltimore. It's the couple's first endeavor for the BSO.

"There's tremendous architecture in this house, with moldings 18 inches thick the trim is just so ornate," said Klein.

The architecture of the house at Solomon's Corner and the room's design inspired Klein to use grays, silvers, pearls and platinums to create an iridescent faux finish for the walls.

"You make the trends or you follow them, and I hope I'm one who's making them," said Klein. "The walls really are very striking."

Klein has been refining and perfecting her decorative wall-finishing talents for nearly 20 years. An apprenticeship in a Washington company started her career, but her own artistic interests and abilities have helped it grow.

Klein's home, the former Long Way Bed and Breakfast in Sykesville, often serves as a display for her talents. The house was featured on an annual holiday tour two years ago.

The BSO Show House is open through Sunday. Tickets are $12.

Information: 410-825-2614.

Ecumenical Sing

ESCAPE Ministries Inc. (Enabling Social and Church Advocacy for People Enrichment) will host its annual Ecumenical Choir Sing at 7 p.m. Sunday at Wesley-Freedom United Methodist Church.

The event will feature performances by eight area church choirs and a handbell choir. The evening will conclude with open congregational singing.

An offering will be used to help support the work of ESCAPE, a coalition of 20 churches in South Carroll County whose aim is to coordinate aid and resources for the needy.

Information: 410-795-9406.

Sherry Graham's Southeast neighborhood column appears each Tuesday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

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Pub Date: 5/12/98

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