STEM Blog

Decoding STEM

Our Cyber STEM group (Grades 4 through 8) participated in a field trip to the National Cryptologic Museum, where we 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 led 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/

STEM Speaker Series Kickoff!

Archeology is not just about dinosaurs! This statement came from McKenzie “Mack” Corey, a Ph.D. candidate at Indiana University and the first speaker in this year’s St. Louis School Stem Speaker series. Mack talked with our Sixth Graders remotely as part of the Skype in the Classroom program. Our students learned about his background, his education, basic archeological techniques and the process of deciding where to dig. Mack also described how to examine the artifacts that may be found and how they help connect us to our history. We are thankful to Mackenzie Corey for spending more than an hour with our students, answering many relevant questions and encouraging them to continue pursuing careers in STEM. We would also like to thank Microsoft and their sponsorship of Skype in the classroom for the opportunity to learn from a variety of working STEM professionals. #BeaKnight 

Getting our STEM On!

The most effective learning never takes place in isolation. Students learn and retain more when multiple subject areas work together to present a subject. SLS teachers are committed to continuously improving and deepening their knowledge base to provide the best possible instruction.

Today, eight SLS teachers got up early on a weekend morning to attend an all-day STEM workshop at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis. Ms. Fries, Mrs. Ellerbrock, Mrs. Cabrera, Mrs. Riggin, Mrs. Yuska, Mrs. Whiteford, Mrs. Sacker and Mrs. Sutton spent the day learning about hydraulics, electric circuits, fundamental characteristics of sound, and how to effectively share that knowledge with St. Louis School students. The day culminated in an engineering design challenge requiring small teams to work together to design and build a mechanical sorter based on numeric rules. It was a day filled with creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, and fun!

Create and Code at SLS

Looking for something fun to do with your kids on their day off? Families with children in grades PreK – 5th  are invited to join us for a morning of fun STEM-related activities! Drop-in to learn about robotics, augmented reality and have some fun with our green-screen technology, legos, and OSMOS! First 50 attendees will receive a special STEM giveaway! This event is free to the public.

 

Tuesday, November 6th from 9:30 am - 1:;00 am

Kindly register here so that we may have enough materials for all of our guests!

Ping Pong Zip Line STEM

Olivia participated in a STEM event hosted by the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) at the JHU Applied Physics Laboratory. Olivia engineered a ping pong zip line and had the fastest zip line creation, even faster than the one built by the SWE team! The engineer told Olivia to come back in 14 years to get a job as an engineer! #whereintheworldisStLouis @johnshopkinsapl @swetalk

Aqua Knights in the News!

The St. Louis School Aqua Knights robotics team is featured in the Baltimore Sun/Howard County Times this week. Thank you to all of our robotics coaches and parents who helped make this school year so successful.http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/howard/ellicott-city/ph-ho-n-clarksville-0620-story.html

Maryland STEM Festival Podcast

Take a few moments to listen to our STEM Coordinator, Mrs. Zulma Whiteford, as she talks about all things STEM-related at SLS and our participation in this years' Maryland STEM Festival! Thanks to Mrs. Whiteford for her passion and leadership and for engaging our students with creativity and collaboration! #STEMatSLS Archdiocese of Baltimore Catholic Schools http://marylandstemfestival.libsyn.com/website/stem-and-the-st-louis-school

Narwhals at Catholic Robotics League Expo!

Summer is here and school is not in session, but we continue to highlight some of the great activities and accomplishments of our students during the past year.

Earlier in May, the Einstein Narwhals participated in the Catholic Robotics League (CRL) Expo at Baltimore Robotics Center in Timonium. The team shared their project, their experiences at the World Championship, ran their robot program as part of the competition and assisted with judging. A huge thank you to coach Anne Reed and team member Maggie Reed for offering their expertise with judging. It was an engaging and fun morning of competition with our fellow Archdiocesan teams. We look forward to many more!

Photo credit: Christopher Robinson
www.christopherrobinson.co

 

Can You Break Out?

Ms. Frederick’s Fifth Graders have been studying the events leading up to the American Revolution. They learned that spies and secret messages were common place while colonists decided which side of the Atlantic their allegiance fell. They put their “spy” sense to work today figuring out clues and secret messages in prime resources from that time period. The students loved working as a team to find missing papers they needed to, “Breakout!”

Revealing Medical Mysteries

Did you know that optical fibers can be woven into bandages to help monitor wounds?

Seventh Grade students explored advancements in medicine during their trip to the National Museum of Health and Medicine in Silver Spring. The museum, established during the Civil War in 1862, is designed to inspire curiosity and promote the understanding of medicine - past, present and future - with a focus on the Armed Forces.

Students learned about the process of plastination to preserve organs, developed by Gunther von Hagens in 1977, innovations in surgical repair techniques like facial reconstructions and much more. They had an opportunity to explore the exhibits, complete an exploration guide, listen to presentations and ask questions. To learn more about the museum visit: www.medicalmuseum.mil.

Students also enjoyed lunch at Brookside Gardens, where they were able to walk around the park and explore the beautiful grounds and gardens.

 

Cup Stacking Fun!

Learning can take place at any time and some of the best lessons come from hands-on activities. Sixth Grade students at St. Louis had the opportunity to engage in the 4 C's of STEM after finishing a final exam. The students used creativity, collaboration, communication and critical thinking to design and build free-standing towers using cups. Take a look at the fun-filled results!

Withstanding the Wolf!

Can you design and build a structure strong enough to protect the Three Little Pigs from the Big Bad Wolf? After reading the story, Mrs. Tyler’s PreK students were challenged to select materials, create a blueprint and build a structure to be put to the test. They used the STEM concept of iterative engineering to test their design, improve and correct any weaknesses and test again. The hair dryer huffed and puffed but the STEM-engineered houses did not fall down!

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