STEM Blog

St. Louis is a STEM Certified School!

Posted October 31, 2019

We are thrilled to share the wonderful news that St. Louis School is now recognized as a STEM certified school!

This designation has been issued by Cognia (formerly known as AdvancED) which accredits primary and secondary schools throughout the United States and internationally and is the accrediting body for Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Baltimore

Thank you to our teachers, parents, and students who embrace STEM learning and who bring creativity, communication, critical thinking, and collaboration to life at SLS. We are so proud!

Our heartfelt gratitude to our STEM committee chairperson, Mrs. Whiteford, and to our STEM committee members, Mrs. Anacker, Mrs. Cabrera, Ms. d'Epagnier, Ms. Hoeck, Mrs. Phelps, Mrs. Riggin, and Mrs. Yuska, whose enthusiasm, creativity, unwavering commitment to our school, and countless hours have inspired us all to stretch our thinking and apply our learning innovatively.

 




STEAM in Action!

Posted October 27, 2019

SLS students engage in hands-on learning projects across several subject areas. In Art Class, for example, students are working to produce a short stop-motion movie. One of the challenges in making this type of movie is keeping the iPad camera location stable and consistent during filming. To address this challenge, students are using the engineering design process to design a custom iPad stand for their stop-motion project. Each student built a prototype with LEGOs, then used a software application called TinkerCAD to sketch out their design. Potential solutions were 3D-printed, tested, modified and 3D-printed again until a successful stand was produced. Take a look at the stands in action as the students work on their stop motion project!

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STEM Trick or Treat!

Posted October 24, 2019

Maryland STEM Festival STEM Trick or Treat hosted by Howard Community College. Science and math get spooky at the STEM Trick or Treat! Events for people of all ages in the haunted engineering lab, glowing cave, gruesome greenhouse and skull hall, Experience some hair raising physics and creepy chemistry, solve “spooktackular” math problems and more.

Date of Event: 10/25/2019
Event Times: 6 pm - 9 pm
Location: SET (Science, Engineering and Technology) Building




Harnessing the Wind!

Posted October 24, 2019

Last week, while SLS Eighth Grade boys attended a Science afternoon at Mount Saint Joseph High School, the Eighth Grade girls spent that afternoon participating in a STEM Challenge.

The girls were divided up into teams and challenged to investigate alternative power sources and come up with designs to harness the power of the wind.

The students learned about wind energy and the history of windmills, then applied the engineering design process to build, test and improve their windmill designs using provided materials. Each team ultimately
built a successful design and everyone had a lot of fun cheering each other on to try to exceed each other’s performance.

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Technology in the Classroom

Posted October 24, 2019

First Graders practice their phonics using the iPads!

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Kindergarten Centers

Posted October 24, 2019

There is nothing quite like it when Mom or Dad comes to visit during the school day. Our Kindergarten students are the lucky recipients of these visits when we host Kindergarten Centers and our parent volunteers come in and teach a portion of the curriculum. Sometimes they read a story, sometimes help do science projects or STEM lessons, and sometimes help out with a special Art project. Whatever they do, they do so enthusiastically and with a smile and a hug for our students. We are so grateful for this extra-special time and attention!

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Grandparent's Day!

Posted October 24, 2019

The nearest thing to the love of God is the love of Grandparents! That love was on full display this morning as we welcomed our Grandparents and friends into our hallways and classrooms to fill the school with a joy like no other. Our guests jumped right in and did STEM lessons with the kids, created keepsake art projects, told stories and shared what it was like for them growing up

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Constructing the Past

Posted October 11, 2019

Have you ever wondered about the history and significance of cultural landmarks around the world? Ms. Fries Fifth Grade Spanish class had the opportunity to explore ancient structures and megaliths in spanish speaking countries across the globe, from the temples of Chichen Itza to the Stone statues of Easter Island. To help them understand how they were constructed, students used LEGOS to build scale models and researched the origins of these landmarks using Chromebooks.

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Future Engineers

Posted October 10, 2019

St. Louis School kicked off our fall Cyber STEM After School session with a hands-on engineering exercise. Students were divided into teams and challenged to design a tower that would hold an apple with the materials provided using the engineering design process. Prior to beginning the challenge, we reviewed the constraints and guidelines for their design. 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. Our future engineers came up with some clever designs and had a lot of fun while doing so. We look forward to a successful and enlightening session! #BeaKnight #SLSSTEM

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A "Carnival" like no other!

Posted August 15, 2019

SLS Biomedical STEM Camp was all about discovery, learning, AND fun! During the week, the campers enjoyed two rounds of Biomedical Jeopardy to demonstrate what they learned during the camp and to engage in healthy competition against other teams. Who was John Snow? What is the epidemiologic triangle? These were just a few of the winning questions during SLS Biomedical Jeopardy competition!

On Friday, the campers had more fun and competed for Giant Microbe prizes at the 1st Annual Infectious Disease Carnival! They learned about the opportunities for and obstacles to vaccination for measles (easy), influenza (medium to difficult), and MRSA (extremely difficult, as no vaccine currently exists). They also putted for a viral pandemic, where they tried to overcome the “hazards” of sanitation, hygiene, and vaccination in order to hit a pandemic target. Lastly, they simulated the jumping of viruses from animals to humans. All in all, it was a great way to incorporate learning in a carnival atmosphere!

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Physicians on the Frontline

Posted August 15, 2019

We wrapped up the inaugural year of our BIomedical STEM Camp last week and have lots to share.

Aside from some great interactive experiments and challenges, the Biomedical Campers were visited by two guest speakers who gave them unique perspectives on the roles of physicians in maintaining the health of patients and populations. On Thursday, CDR Matt Bradley, a trauma/critical care surgeon in the US Navy and a St. Louis School parent, kicked off the day with an informative description of his work in the operating room of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, as well as on some very special humanitarian missions of the US military to South America and Puerto Rico. Two lucky students got a feel for what it's like for a surgeon to get dressed for work every day!

On Friday, the students were visited by CAPT Paul Reed, a former US Navy physician and current US Public Health Service Officer, who shared his experiences and perspectives on a deployment to West Africa in 2014-2015 to help contain the Ebola outbreak.

We are deeply grateful for our guests this week who provided the campers with many insights to the opportunities for careers in science and medicine.

 

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A Challenge Gone Viral!

Posted July 25, 2019

Today our Biomedical Campers participated in a Build-A-Virus Workshop and an exciting Vaccine vs. Virus Showdown! The students learned how vaccines are created in response to viruses and why it is so difficult to get them exactly right. In this challenge they created both disease and virus molecules that contained both the H and N proteins using Skittles, M&M’s and Gobstoppers to illustrate the various elements (apologies to all of our dental Sponsors!). In the end, Team Virus won-out, but these scientists and doctors-to-be are well-equipped to solve any viral challenge thrown their way.

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