West Middle teacher joins team for workshop on Amazing Space


WEST MIDDLE School teacher Judi Clark will join a team of astronomers, scientists, graphic designers and Web artists at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) this summer to develop lesson plans featuring images from the Hubble Space Telescope.

Her effort is part of a five-week workshop called Amazing Space, which is sponsored by the institute to produce creative, interactive lesson plans on the World Wide Web.

"It's going to be exciting to work with other teachers," Clark said. "I teach astronomy now, and I hope to have a stronger background after this. Now we have another window into the scientific world."

Clark is the second Carroll County teacher to work for STScI. Last year, Sykesville Middle School teacher Liz Dover worked on lesson plans for investigating properties of light and color and interpreting stellar data to determine age and distance of stars.

"I established some amazing contacts in the program to highlight my lessons," Dover said. "Guest speakers, updated Internet information, posters, I've been flooded with so much information.

"I enjoyed working with the scientists and other people at the institute," Dover added. "As their educational consultants, our opinions as teachers were respected. And to use the Hubble data was phenomenal."

Dover's work was incorporated into a documentary film about Amazing Space when the institute filmed her using one of the lessons with her middle school class. The documentary will be used at educational conferences.

Clark will be working on a middle school lesson called "Death of the Red Giants: The Planetary Nebulae," which is a skills lesson that shows children how to work with models and recognize how they compare with reality.

Last year, 46 people applied for 10 paid positions. This year, 38 people applied for eight spots, said Cecelia Barnbaum, a staff astronomer at the institute.

"These teachers are at a prestigious institution and they can go to any professional seminars the scientists attend," Barnbaum said. "We hope this personal introduction to science will give them enthusiasm for being part of our effort to show how Web resources can be used in classrooms and how astronomy can be used as a tool to illustrate science."

Winning artists

With picture-perfect weather, a large crowd and a dazzling showcase of art and talent, this year's Art in the Park was an "overwhelming success," said Sandy Oxx, executive director of Carroll County Arts Council, the event's sponsor.

Results of the juried art show included: Best in Show ($100), Bernard Kindt, of Greensboro; First Place ($100), Marge Wickes, Finksburg; Second ($100), Ron Monti, Cockeysville; Third ($75), Cindy Parker Katz, Eldersburg; Fourth ($50), Marcia Leiter, New Windsor; and Honorable Mentions, Suzanne Mancha, Manchester, Jerry Weinstein, Columbia, and Denny Wheat, New Windsor.

For Best in Show, Kindt will have a solo exhibition at Carroll County Arts Council's gallery at Westminster Exchange in downtown Westminster. First-place winner Wickes will have a solo exhibition at Carroll Life Gallery at the County Office Building on North Center Street.

"Both of the top two winners had bold, bright landscapes. That obviously appealed to the jury," said Emily Long, program assistant for the arts council. "This was such a smooth year for the event. Everything was wonderful -- the weather, the artists, the patrons. We're looking forward to next year."

Lisa Breslin's Central Carroll neighborhood column appears each Monday in the Carroll County Edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 6/15/98

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