'WE'LL BE ABLE TO DO ANYTHING, AS SOON AS WE FIGURE OUT HOW TO USE THEM' By Ken Keatley An article in the July 11 Gazette featured an outreach program for Baltimore Polytechnic Institue students. It ended last week with a special send-off from a Poly alumnus. Though his untouched chocolate sundae was melting, Aubrey Goodman didn't seem to notice. "This is awesome," said Goodman, a junior at Poly, as he furiously punched the keys of his brand new graphics calculator. "We'll be able to do anything with these, as soon as we figure out how to use them." That shouldn't prove too difficult for Goodman and 21 other Poly students, whose participation in an engineering, science and mathematics program ended Thursday with an awards luncheon at the Hopkins Club. To their delight, each student was presented a graphics calculator from Hopkins trustee emeritus Willard Hackerman, a Poly and Hopkins graduate who is the president of the Whiting-Turner Contracting Company in Baltimore. Hackerman reminisced about his days as a "Poly man" and encouraged the students to pursue engineering as a vocation. "An engineering degree prepares you for life's work better than any other type of education. I would encourage you to consider Hopkins strongly," Hackerman said. "And if you have any questions, I hope you'll get in touch with me -- you might get a job." "We were able to give students the time to work on projects in a setting that promoted self-motivation," Conrad said. "It was a fabulous opportunity." Seventeen-year-old Thoung Vu agreed. "I had fun. I like to build stuff, test it out, then break it up and start all over," he said. "I want to go into mechanical engineering."
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