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Hereford High Team Wins Baltimore County Envirothon for Second Year in a Row!

Envirothon is the largest natural resources competition for high school students in North America, with students from eight Canadian provinces and more than 40 states participating every year. In Maryland, the Envirothon is sponsored by local soil conservation districts and the State Soil Conservation Committee.

The Baltimore County Envirothon was held on April 19th at Oregon Ridge Park. Twenty-five teams from seventeen Baltimore County High Schools competed in five events. The events tested the teams knowledge of forestry, aquatics, soils, wildlife, and the 5th topic which changes each year (Sustainable Rangeland Management this year). The winners of this event advance on to the Maryland Envirothon Competition which will be held on June 19-20 at the Western Maryland 4-H Educational Center in Bittinger, MD. The winner from the state competition goes on to the Canon Envirothon Competition in July.

Here were the top three teams in the Baltimore County Envirothon.

1st Place - Hereford HS Team A
2nd Place - Eastern Tech HS Team A
3rd Place - Sparrows Point HS Team B


Baltimore Science Fair Winners

The Baltimore Area Science Fair was held March 23 and 24, 2013 at Towson University. Several Baltimore County Public School students won awards at this event. You can go to their site for a complete listing of all winners.

Sponsor Award Winners
Honorable Mention - DIVISION II - Middle School
Biological Sciences
Raymond Taulbee & Matt Trantina - Sparrows Point Middle School
Physical Sciences
Carson Frey - Sparrows Point Middle School

Independent Award Winners

National Society of Black Engineers
Certificate - Shore Abiodun & Hilary Sandborn - Windsor Mill Middle School

American Society for Quality
Teamwork Award - Katie Swinder, Adam Del-Signore, and Nathan Hetrick - Parkville High School

Teamwork Award - Francesca La Rocca and Meera Rothman - Ridgely Middle School

Air Quality Award
Certificate - Harry Holt - Windsor Mill Middle School

National Security Agency (NSA)
Certificate - Shore Abiodun - Windsor Mill Middle School

Davis Memorial Award
Certificate and $25 Check - Erika Kaschak
Sparrows Point Middle School

Certificate and $25 Check - Francesca La Rocca
Ridgely Middle School

Certificate and $25 Check - Meera Rothman
Ridgely Middle School

BCPS Physics Olympics Winners

The twenty-sixth annual Baltimore County Public Schools' High School Physics Olympics was held at Dulaney High School on February 23, 2013 from 8:30-1pm. Physics students from twenty-two BCPS high schools participated in this event and won the following awards.

Overall Winners:
First Place: Loch Raven High School Team #1
Second Place: Perry Hall High School Team #2
Third Place: Carver Center Team

The following teams won ribbons for winning the individual events at the Physics Olympics

Towson HS Team #1 for winning the Spiderman Trap event and the Hulk Smash event
Perry Hall HS Team #1 for winning the Mind Over Matter event
Loch Raven HS Team #2 for winning the Superman event
Overlea HS Team for winning the Bifrost Bridge event
Carver Center Team for winning the Stretch Your Mind event 

Congratulations to all the physics students that participated at the Physics Olympics.

Saturday Morning Science

Saturday Morning Science at Towson University is back again this Fall with weekend presentations by various noted scientists every other Saturday from September 8th until December 1st. These hour to hour and a half long programs are targeted for students of all ages and their families. The programs are free and no registration is required. They are held in Smith Hall room 326 on the Towson University campus. Programs begin at 10:00 am and are repeated at 12:00 noon. For more details and to see the topics of the presentations, call 410-704-3659, or go to the Calendar of Events. Campus maps and directions can also be found at the Towson University Web site.

The presentations are organized by the Hackerman Academy of Mathematics and Science Director Don Thomas. Dr. Thomas joined NASA in 1988 as a materials engineer for the Space Shuttle Program. He is a veteran of four space shuttle mission and has logged over 1,000 hours in space, completing nearly 700 orbits of the Earth and traveling nearly 20 million miles in the process. In his new role as director of the Hackerman Academy, Thomas has been visiting numerous schools in the Baltimore area and talking to students of all ages about his experiences in space.

8th Annual Elementary STEM Fair!!!
The 8th Annual Elementary STEM Fair was held on May 20-21, 2011 at Randallstown HS. The 3rd grade event had teams of students from each elementary school competing in the Safe Racer competition. The top 4th and 5th grade science fair projects from each elementary school were judged and various awards were given. See the links below for more information on the winning science fair projects.
Safe Racer Champions for Grade Three
STEM Fair Results for Grade Four
STEM Fair Results for Grade Five

Hereford High Seniors Tackle Particle Physics

Andrew LinhardHereford High Physics teacher Jeremy Smith has about 10 of his seniors delving into the world of particle physics, voluntarily venturing beyond typical classroom-physics fare to study particles that might have traveled from galaxies far, far away. Once they have successfully set up their particle detector to ensure it is truly documenting the occurrence of what are called "muons" - a by-product of the atmospheric collisions - the students will do various experiments to learn more about them.
The students are using a "simplified" version of a particle detector that scientists use for such study, which was acquired from QuarkNet, a national program connecting high school teachers with universities and particle physicists. Hereford High is one of five Maryland schools to have received the detectors. Read the complete article on the Baltimore Sun Web site.

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