STEM Blog

The Sludge Buddies are headed to the State Championship!

Congratulations to the SLS FLL team the “Sludge Buddies” who won Third Place Champion Award and qualified to compete at the Maryland State Championship! A huge thank you to the parent coaches Luke Frank, Astrid Connors and Mike Blackwood. Way to Go Knights!

Playing Our Cards Right!

St. Louis School kicked off our spring Cyber STEM After School session with a hands-on engineering challenge. Students were divided into teams, given index cards and tape and told to build the tallest free standing structure that could support a stuffed animal for at least 10 seconds. Students used the four C’s (creativity, communication, collaboration and critical thinking) to design and implement a variety of clever structures as you can see in these photographs. We look forward to a successful and enlightening session!

Narwhal Success!

Congratulations Einstein Narwhals on a fantastic FIRST LEGO LEAGUE (FLL) qualifier day! First place on the project, a spot at the Maryland State Championship and an invitation to compete for the Maryland Regional FLL Global Innovation Award! A huge thank you to our fearless coaches Anne Reed and Jenn Sleeman for their gift of leadership, inspiration and time. Way to Go Knights, the SLS community is very proud of you! #SLSFLL #RiseAbove

Narwhal Success!

Congratulations Einstein Narwhals on a fantastic FIRST LEGO LEAGUE (FLL) qualifier day! First place on the project, a spot at the Maryland State Championship and an invitation to compete for the Maryland Regional FLL Global Innovation Award! A huge thank you to our fearless coaches Anne Reed and Jenn Sleeman for their gift of leadership, inspiration and time. Way to Go Knights, the SLS community is very proud of you! #SLSFLL #RiseAbove

The Hot Hose!

We are so excited for this talented and hard-working group of students. Their FIRST Lego League team, the Einstein Narwhals, have been busy preparing for their qualifying round this weekend. These photos were taken on their fun and informative "field trip" to the Clarksville Fire Station to research their problem. Today they did a practice run for their coaches and faculty to gain some insight on how they could improve their presentation skills. They did an awesome job and we are so proud! Best of luck this weekend - Go Knights! #SLSFLL #RiseAbove

First Place in Core Values!

Congratulations to the St.Louis School Neptune Knights for winning First Place in Core Values at today’s FIRST LEGO League (FLL) qualifier! We are all so proud of you. Way to GO Knights!

Nepture Knights

St. Louis School is proud to sponsor three FIRST LEGO League (FLL) teams this year. The Neptune Knights are the first St. Louis School FLL team to compete in a qualifier this season. Join us in wishing them well and consider coming out to cheer them on tomorrow afternoon at Hammond High School. A special thanks to our coaches, Mrs. Beth Simon and Mrs. Muditha Allen, for providing our students with this rewarding opportunity. Go Knights!

Take a look at their progress: https://youtu.be/oUY7AKrzfJ0

 

How Do You Say ‘Sink or Float’ in Mandarin?

Learning the fundamentals of STEM is basically the same in any language. On Monday, Mrs. Riggin’s Fifth Grade Science Class shared a lesson on the fundamentals of matter with a Chinese delegation from Shanghai. The delegation is working in partnership with Discovery Education (DE) to learn more about how STEM education is implemented in the United States.

 

After the lesson, which incorporated material from the DE digital Techbook running on Google Chromebooks, the students engaged in a hands-on exercise to deepen their understanding of the characteristics of matter.

 

St. Louis School Eighth Grade STEM Ambassadors then shared their current work in Virtual Reality (VR) using an Oculus Rift device and the software development tool Unity.

 

The delegation also participated in two Second Grade STEM challenges led by Mrs. Anacker and Mrs. Johnson. The students were tasked with designing and building a parachute for Santa Claus and a shelf for the Elf.

 

At the conclusion of the visit the delegation expressed their appreciation and Lauren Conn, Director of Global Initiatives, stated, “Your teachers are fabulous and it is obvious that students are joyfully learning at school and after school.”

 

We would like to thank Discovery Education and the Chinese delegation for visiting St. Louis School, asking good questions and providing an attentive audience for our students. We would also like to thank Mrs. Riggin, Mrs. Anacker and Mrs. Johnson for welcoming our guests and providing engaging STEM lesson opportunities.

 

We look forward to continuing our communication and collaboration with our new Chinese friends. 

How Does Disease Spread?

How de we really get sick? If someone next to you gets sick will you also get sick? How is disease transmitted from one person to another? On Friday, Mrs. Yuska’s Seventh Grade Science Class learned the answers to these questions and more from Dr. Gene Millar. Dr. Millar, Director of Clinical Research Operations, is an epidemiologist working on researching diseases related to the military overseas. Dr. Millar explained how diseases spread, how they are affected by environment proximity and genetics. Students engaged in a hands-on exercise to illustrate how the infection process works. We want to thank Dr. Millar for taking the time to visit us and look forward to hosting him again soon. St. Louis School is committed to bringing outside experts to connect academic stem topics with real world applications.

Final Fall Cyber STEM Challenge

The Fall Session of our CyberSTEM After School program came to a close this week with an engaging and fun cup-stacking challenge held in the Science Lab. Each student was randomly assigned to a group and instructed to work collaboratively to design and build the tallest free-standing tower in 20 minutes or less using 100 Solo cups. Lots of cheering and cup crashing sounds ultimately led to a tie between two teams, each with a tower measuring 92 inches in height.

During the course of our Fall Session, the 50 CyberSTEM participants were introduced to the Python programming language, turtle drawing features, math formulas, cryptology and hexadecimal notation. They also took a field trip to the National Electronics Museum (NEM) in Linthicum where they learned about the history of electronics and its application to communications and national defense.

We are looking forward to our CyberSTEM Spring Session, where we will develop additional coding skills and explore robotics.

Help the Gingerbread Man Escape!

After reading the classic fairy tale of the Gingerbread Man, Mrs. Vicendese and Mrs. Coyle challenged their students to create an escape route for the Gingerbread Man so that he would not suffer his fate at the jaws of the fox. The students were given basic materials to build bridges over which the Gingerbread man could run, run - as fast as he can. Working in groups, the students collaborated and did an awesome job saving the day! #everyspaceisamakerspace #SLSSTEM

Native American STEM

On Friday, the Second Graders participated in an integrated Social Studies and Science lesson focused on the Wampanoag native American tribe. The activity was based on the Wampanoag children and how they had to use materials around them to make games and toys. The students were given ten cups, four bendy straws, four pieces of yarn, and one rubber band to build a pyramid of cups without using their hands. The students were allowed a short period of time to strategize and then quickly jumped into the challenge.

It was impressive to see the various creative solutions that resulted from their collaboration! #everyspaceisamakerspace #RiseAbove#trublue

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