STEM Blog

AquaKnights win Third Place!

Congratulation to the SLS AquaKnights, our aquatic engineers, who won third place for their robot execution under water at the Villanova University MATE competition today. This was the AquaKnights first year of competition and they are already looking forward to next year. A huge thank you to Mr. Chuck Kerechanin, Mrs. Angela Fatula and Mrs. Marie Gatti for their dedication and inspirational work with these students. Way to Go AquaKnights! with MATE ROV Competition

Aquaman's Sidekick

If Aquaman is looking for a mechanical sidekick, the St. Louis AquaKnights have the answer! Our underwater engineers have designed a clever remotely operated vehicle (ROV) and will represent St. Louis School at the MATE  (Marine Advanced Technology Education) competition at Villanova University next Saturday, April 15th. A huge Thank You to our superhero coaches Mr. Kerechanin, Mrs. Fatula and Mrs. Ghatti for giving this opportunity to our students. We are proud of the AquaKnights and wish them the best next weekend.  

Check out a video of the robot in action by visiting this link: http://tinyurl.com/jwjo764

 

LED Bugs and Spaghetti Towers?

Learning can take place at any time and some of the best lessons come from hands-on activities.

Middle School students at St. Louis had the opportunity to engage in the 4 C's of STEM after finishing a section of their standardized tests. The students used creativity, collaboration, communication and critical thinking to design and build free-standing towers using just uncooked spaghetti and marshmallows. After testing the results and determining successful designs, we moved on to building LED bugs from egg cartons, pipe cleaners, coin batteries and light-emitting diode (LED) lights.

The students had no written instructions for this activity, just their native engineering and problem-solving abilities. Take a look at the results. To learn more about the Spaghetti Tower Challenge visit: http://www.tomwujec.com/design-projects/marshmallow-challenge/

 

We Live in a Material World!

Have you ever stopped to think about the physical materials that make our modern world?

Today, students and teachers at St. Louis School had the privilege to learn from Dr. Angela Moran, a Materials Engineer at the U.S. Naval Academy. Dr. Moran shared her passion for engineering through a series of hands-on activities and made connections to many real-life examples drawn from her experiences in the Navy. She stressed the importance of seeing failures in a positive way, as learning experiences and a way to test out improvements. . Dr. Moran also impressed upon the students the importance of following your passions, working hard and doing your best at what you love.

After the presentation and a question-and-answer session, she met with a small group of students interested in the STEM fields where she shared anecdotes and answered questions one-on-one. We would like to thank Dr. Moran and the USA Science & Engineering Festival Nifty Fifty program for this memorable learning opportunity.

 

Cyber STEM Culmination

Today marked the successful conclusion of the Spring 2017 Cyber STEM After School program. Over the last eight weeks, participants had the opportunity to build and program LEGO Robots, Ozobots and MeBos.
Students in the Cyber STEM Senior group tried their hand at soldering, exploring Javascript and programming with Unity, a game engine development platform. We are very proud of their work and look forward to seeing what they accomplish in the future.

FLL State Championship!

Our two St. Louis FLL teams competed against the top 70 teams in the state at the Maryland State Championship held at UMBC yesterday.  Both teams showed great sportsmanship, made new friends, had fun and demonstrated the values that we teach at St. Louis School.

 

A heartfelt thank you to our parent coaches: Mike Fitzsimmons, Anne Reed, Jen Sleeman, Anne West and Harold West. We would also like to especially thank Anne Reed for her ability to be at the FLL competition during the day and run the successful Night of Knights event on the same night.

FLL State Championship!

St. Louis School has two First LEGO League teams competing at the State Championship this Saturday, February 25 at the UMBC Retriever Activities Center. Opening ceremonies begin at 12:15pm and we hope to see you there! Please see the attached flyer for additional information.

Come out and cheer for SLS at the State Championship!

Breaking the Code

Two of our Cyber STEM groups participated in a field trip to the National Cryptologic Museum, where they learned about the history of code making and code breaking. A particular highlight was learning about how the Allies broke the Enigma code in World War Two. The students participated in a scavenger hunt that lead them through the evolution of cryptology, including chalk symbols during the Depression, the use of Navajo soldiers in the military, simple ciphers, breaking Japanese codes, the role of encryption in WWII and an introduction to modern cryptology.
You and your child may wish to visit the National Security Agency’s Crypto Kids web site at:https://www.nsa.gov/kids/

Breaking the Code

Two of our Cyber STEM groups participated in a field trip to the National Cryptologic Museum, where they learned about the history of code making and code breaking. A particular highlight was learning about how the Allies broke the Enigma code in World War Two. The students participated in a scavenger hunt that lead them through the evolution of cryptology, including chalk symbols during the Depression, the use of Navajo soldiers in the military, simple ciphers, breaking Japanese codes, the role of encryption in WWII and an introduction to modern cryptology.
You and your child may wish to visit the National Security Agency’s Crypto Kids web site at:https://www.nsa.gov/kids/

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.

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