Today was the first of 3 days at Medfield Heights Elementary School In Baltimore, MD. National Capital Trackers are having a display layout as part of the schools's Science Week, to help teach about electricity and circuits with electric trains.
We're almost done setting up here. Started at 7, first trains ran at 10, first class visited at 11. Layout was 16 x 20.
First class to visit was 5th graders. We tried something different: Each student got to run a train at least once around the layout, using Lion Chief. To say it was a hit with the students was an understatement. and, NO trains were injured during the proceedings! No kids, either.
We took the last 10-15 minutes of each 45 minutes session to discuss railroad safety and other issues. Here Mike demonstrates different whistle signals. The big MTH NS unit sounded great.
We had 4 sessions today, 10 more to go. A lot of excitement came when the lights were dimmed.
Here's night and day on the layout.
Tomorrow the first class section is at 8. Between 11 AM and 1 PM, the school has invited the community to visit by way of its Facebook page. So, if any OGR members are in the vicinity of 4300 Buchanan Avenue, Baltimore, MD between 11 and 1, stop in and see the layout. You will need to sign in at the main office and have a photo ID.
Operation Lifesaver presenters are going to be there as well on Thursday, so they will handle the railroad safety presentation.
Leave your hearing aids at home! Consider bringing ear plugs!
I'll report again tomorrow evening.