H.I.T.S Expo draws hundreds

Maryland Independent - - News - By AN­DREW RICHARD­SON arichard­son@somd­news.com Twit­ter: @An­drew_IndyNews

The sec­ond an­nual H.I.T.S. expo (his­tory, in­dus­try, tech­nol­ogy and his­tory) was held at St. Charles High School on Satur­day af­ter­noon. The fourhour event, which fea­tured stu­dent and teacher ex­hibits, as well as sta­tions from var­i­ous com­mu­nity groups, was open to the pub­lic.

STAFF PHO­TOS BY AN­DREW RICHARD­SON

Right, the “Vor­tex Can­non” uses sound waves and fog to knock over a pyra­mid of Sty­ro­foam cups.

The fu­ture looks bright for Mil­ton Somers Mid­dle School stu­dents Kevin Deb­nam, 14, and Bryce Gib­son, 13, who are en­gaged in Vex Ro­bot­ics. Gib­son is rewrit­ing code to in­vert the con­trols of their ro­bot, while Deb­nam screws in a part that came loose dur­ing a demon­stra­tion. Both have ex­pressed early in­ter­est in study­ing bio­med­i­cine in the fu­ture.

Chil­dren make makeshift boats from alu­minum foil and test how many mar­bles they can add be­fore it sinks.

At the dis­sec­tion ta­ble, Kara­ganne Bur­roughs, 6, of Hugh­esville puts her fin­ger in­side a cow’s heart as her brother Kin­cade, 10, watches. Ash­ton Gor­don, 14, a fresh­man at La Plata High School, helps out with her for­mer teacher Ja­son Wa­lent’s af­ter school dis­sec­tion pro­gram at Mil­ton Somers Mid­dle School.

North Point High School ju­nior Christina Gerow, 17, shows Adenike Oluyede, 16, a sopho­more, how to prop­erly ad­min­is­ter CPR dur­ing the H.I.T.S. Expo. Both are en­rolled in the North Point Academy of Health Pro­fes­sion­als pro­gram.

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