Mr. Michael Sivell
Science Teacher
NHS Co-Advisor
Hammond High School

Welcome to Physics and Astronomy!

"Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.  The important thing is to not stop questioning."  
Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)

"In questions of science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual."  
Galileo Galilei (1564 - 1642)

"Astronomy compels the soul to look upwards and leads us from this world to another."
Plato (427 BC - 347 BC)

Mr. Sivell's Cats Newton and Galileo 
contemplating the mysteries of the universe

The 23rd Annual Central Maryland Physics Olympics
Saturday, February 28, 2015

Hammond Team B 
for their 5th Place Overall finish and 3rd Place finish in the Egg Drop Event at the

Helena D; Sam H, Emma S; Ellie U; and Joshua L 
for their 2nd Place Overall finish at this year's HCPSS Physics Olympics

Mars Trekker Global Teen Summit
June 15-20, 2015 Houston, TX

Teens, ages 13-17, will be immersed in engineering challenges and cultural exchange as they design and inhabit their outpost on a life-sized replica of Mars.  

Learn firsthand from Mars specialists, NASA engineers, scientists, teachers, and astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS).

Deadline: May 15, 2015 

The Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering 
"Engineering Innovation" Summer Program

Engineering Innovation is an exciting college level summer program for motivated high school students with an aptitude in math and science and an interest in (or curiosity about) engineering.  It is the summer version of a freshman course offered to undecided engineering majors at JHU.  The semester-long course has been condensed into four weeks and is made available to high school students in the summer.  In four weeks students complete lab activities in computer engineering, chemical engineering, electrical engineering, material science, civil engineering, robotics, and mechanical engineering.

The course will be offered at Johns Hopkins University-Elkridge Campus from June 29 through July 24, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  

The cost is $2400 and they have limited financial assistance available

The online application will be available starting February 1, 2015. Please visit http://engineering-innovation.jhu.edu for more information and a link to the application

Physics is Phun Demonstration Program Series at UMD
Now in its 33rd year!

Next Program: February 6th and 7th 7:00PM - 8:30PM
Theme: Hot and Cold

Location: Physics Department Lecture Halls Physics Building, 
University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742

Virginia Tech's "A day in the life of a physics major!!!!"
Come and spend a day with the Virginia Tech Physics Department.  Attend a class, tour teaching and research labs, meet the students and the faculty.  Experience what makes Virginia Tech a great place!
To see dates throughout the year go to: http://www.phys.vt.edu/students/day-in-physics-student.shtml

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Contact Information:
By Phone: 410-313-7615
By mail: Hammond High School
8800 Guilford Rd
Columbia, Maryland 21046

About Me: 
I have been a high school science teacher since 1994 and have taught at Hammond HS since 1999.  Born and raised in Pennsylvania I attended the University of Pittsburgh and earned my Physics degree (cum laude) in 1993.  Over a decade later I returned to college to earn a Master of Arts in Physics Education (MAPE) from the University of Virginia in 2010.  As a former Physics Teacher Resource Agent (PTRA) I have led workshops for many physics teachers both regionally and nationally including amusement park physics teacher training at Six Flags Ameririca.  Since 2006 I have been advisor for Hammond's National Honor Society (NHS).  My hobbies include photography, playing trivia with Bearly Thinking (Trivia Bowl XXXVI Champions), singing, and playing as much golf as possible.