STEM Blog

Biology Meets Technology

As part of their unit on Genetics, the 7th Grade created DNA models using K'NEX. Mrs. Yuska provided them with a base sequence and their objective was to create nucleotides for each base and then use the correct hydrogen bonds to match to the complementary bases resulting in an accurate double helix model of DNA. In addition, the students have also designed 3D models of Meiosis using TinkerCad. Tinkercad is a software program that allows students to create and print 3 dimensional physical objects.

Cupid's Catapult

Ms. Burr's 6th grade Science students spent Valentine's Day helping Cupid by designing catapults to project this arrows to lonely hearts around the world! Now that is a great way to learn about force and motion!

Friends Across the Ocean

Today Mrs. Hession’s Fourth Graders had the opportunity to test drive the brand new video conferencing system in our Library Media Center. The system allows participants to communicate with other schools, authors, scientists and experts from around the world as if they were in the room with us. Students can speak naturally from their seats and two motorized cameras focus on the speaker for a personalized experience.

Our students met their new fourth grade friends from the TG Glover Primary School in the Bahamas and exchanged questions about culture, climate and even recess activities. Both classes are learning how to use code to create games, projects and stories and they had the opportunity to ask each other questions about their progress. The call ended with a surprise appearance from Dr. Karen St. Cyr from the Ministry of Education of the Bahamas who visited us in the fall. A huge thank you to Discovery Education for helping our two schools find each other. We look forward to our continued friendship and collaboration.

Swimming Robots?

The St. Louis School MATE (Marine Advanced Technology Education) team has been busy building their underwater robot for an April competition at Villanova University. The team has split the responsibilities into two teams, electrical and mechanical. The electrical team is working on circuits while the mechanical is focused on building the robot.  A huge “Thank You” to the coaches and parent volunteers who are making this opportunity possible for our students.

 

“The Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center was established with funding from the National Science Foundation in 1997. MATE’s mission is to use marine technology to inspire and challenge students to learn and creatively apply science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) to solving real-world problems in a way that strengthens critical thinking, collaboration, entrepreneurship, and innovation.” Learn more about MATE by visiting the link below: http://www.marinetech.org/

Harmless Hunters headed to States!

St. Louis School is proud to announce that we now have two teams going to the First LEGO League State Championship! Today at JHU Applied Physics Lab the Harmless Hunters earned a spot at the state competition and will be joining the Bunny Bacon Builders at UMBC. Congratulations to team members, parent coaches, volunteers and everyone who came out to cheer us on. Way to Go Knights!

5th Annual STEM Family Fun Night

As a part of our Catholic Schools Week celebrations, we hosted our 5th Annual Family STEM Night this week and it was a blast! The Science Guys of Baltimore did not disappoint and the students loved learning about science in a fun and dynamic way. In our classroom activities we did some great team building while learning about electrical conductivity with LED critters, engineering with a balloon tower challenge, force and motion with catapults, and worked on building our creativity by making our own STEM Superheros!
A great big shout-out to our FIRST Lego League Teams: Buddy Bacon Builders and Harmless Hunters for presenting their skills to the crowd. Best of luck to Harmless Hunters who will be competing in their qualifier on Saturday Afternoon at APL.

Lastly a great by SLS "Thank You" to all the teachers and staff who stayed to help out – we couldn’t do it without you!

 

Calculating Success

As part of a Linear Function Unit, Mrs. Briskey's Eighth Grade Algebra class creates scatter plots and finds the equation for the line of best fit using graphing calculators. Familiarity with these calculators will be a critical skill in High School.

Cyber STEM!

CyberSTEM. Club members began building robots and started the planning process for programming and animating their actions this week. We look forward to seeing what our creative and capable engineers produce!

3D Printed Cow Shoes?

Take a look at our student's 3-D design that helped them to take first place in their FIRST Lego League qualifier! They are now preparing for the state competition and we are so proud! Go Knights!

Bunny Bacon Builders

SLS takes 1st Place overall in the FIRST Lego League Competition!! Congratulations to this dedicated group of students and coaches! Thank you to the team sponsor Vanguard Orthodontics and Dr. Bonebreak for their support. Now we move on to states...Go Knights!

Future Engineer

What does an Eighth Grade future engineer do to wind down after a midterm exam? Build a model of a shark, of course!

Dematha Math Competition

Congratulations to our 8th grade Math team who, under the leadership and instruction of Ms. Dottie Peterson took first place in the 43rd annual Our Lady of Good Counsel High School Math Competition! These students not only excelled as a team, placing first out of twelve schools, but several of our team members excelled personally, taking 1st, 2nd and 4th place out of all the students participating. We are extremely proud of this bright and hard-working group. Ms. Peterson remarked that she was even more nervous awaiting the results then when watching her beloved Steelers play! Congratulations all around!

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