STEM Blog

Meet Spike!

Posted October 22, 2021
Seventh Grade students in Mrs. Whiteford’s Computer Class helped unpack and test the LEGO Spike robots purchased last year through a grant under the AFCEA Central Maryland (CMD) Chapter STEM Kickstarter program. AFCEA International, established in 1946, is a “non-profit membership association serving the military, government, industry, and academia as a forum for advancing professional knowledge and relationships in the fields of communications, information technology, intelligence, and security.”
The AFCEA Central Maryland Kickstarter program awards for initiatives in STEM-related disciplines. SLS received a grant for $5,000 to purchase the LEGO Spike kits to be used in the classroom with Grades 6 through 8. We would like to thank AFCEA Central Maryland (CMD) for their generous donation and look forward to seeing the results of the student’s designing, building, and programming work! #stematsls
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School-wide STEM Morning

Posted October 21, 2021
Although STEM is part of our daily life at St. Louis School, we dedicated the first period last Tuesday for hands-on experimentation and collaboration in each homeroom. Activities varied according to grade level and included Ghost towers, flying bats, pumpkin tower challenges, birdfeeder designs, animal crosswalk/bridge, pumpkin catapults, bone bridges, pitch/sound experiments, digital breakouts, and “One Body Many Parts” collaboration project.
SLS remains committed to STEM education and will continue to host STEM activities and lessons that incorporate critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creativity. Visit the school’s STEM page for more information stem.stlouisparish.org.

 

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Plickers!

Posted October 21, 2021

Last week, 5th graders used Plicker cards in Ms. Rossi's math class (similar to a QR code). Students were asked a multiple choice question online. After answering the question, the students held their Plicker card up that was linked to their online answer. The teacher then scanned the cards to get instant feedback. The students had a great time reviewing their math lessons!




After School Clubs Are Back!

Posted October 21, 2021
Extracurricular clubs are back! These organized afterschool activities are intended to enrich your child’s school experience outside of the traditional classroom.
Wednesday clubs at St. Louis include Design and Build Club, where participants were given challenges to construct various shapes and figures using LEGO bricks and their imaginations; Art Club, where members painted and decorated pumpkins; and CyberSTEM, where student engineers built stands out of drinking straws to support a small pumpkin.
A huge thank you to our club moderators for bringing these opportunities to our students. We look forward to seeing what next week brings!

 

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Ozobots

Posted October 21, 2021
St Louis School Third Graders put their measurement skills to the test as they designed and created test tracks for Ozobot robots. The Ozobot, a mouse-sized self-propelled robot, is capable of reading colored line combinations and performing corresponding actions. For instance, a blue - green-blue code indicates move faster while a blue-red-blue code means turn 180 degrees.
Students were given a list of actions for the robot to perform and
instructed to create a test track which implemented those actions. #STEMatSLS
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Spotlight on STEM!

Posted October 21, 2021
In October 2019, St. Louis School was awarded certification as a STEM School by Cognia, formerly known as AdvancED. This award recognizes St. Louis' continuing commitment to STEM education in all curriculum areas. Cognia accredits primary and secondary schools throughout the United States and internationally and is the accrediting body for Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Baltimore.
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) seeks to incorporate practical, hands-on engineering and technology experiences into traditional academic subjects. STEM promotes discovery, exploration, higher-level thinking, logical reasoning, collaboration, and problem-solving, both inside and outside the classroom.
St. Louis School is committed to helping students build their own connections between school, community, careers, and the world by preparing them to succeed in a very competitive global economy. #STEMatSLS

 

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Augmented Reality! (AR)

Posted September 17, 2021

In his book The Element, author Sir Ken Robinson states, “We are all born with extraordinary powers of imagination, intelligence, feeling, intuition, spirituality, and of physical and sensory awareness.” Students in Mrs. Whiteford’s Computer Class explored the power of imagination by learning about augmented reality and participating in the global DOT Day initiative to celebrate creativity, inspired by Peter Reynold’s book The Dot. After learning about augmented reality, the students used the Quiver App to experience some augmented reality of their own by watching their dots come to life. #STEMatSLS

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Unicorn Light-Up Cards!

Posted June 9, 2021

Fifth Grade students had a great time learning all about LED lights and circuits during their last computer class of the year. Take a look at some of the fun unicorn "light-up" cards they created!

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Air Cannons!

Posted March 6, 2021

We experience the movement of air every day, from our home heating system all the way to wind and tornadoes. To learn more about how air can move and affect us, Mrs. Riggin worked with her Fifth Grade students to design and build an air cannon. The students built the cannons at home and tested and modified in class to measure their success. #STEMatSLS

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9th Annual STEM Night!

Posted February 7, 2021

The Ninth Annual SLS STEM Family Night brought together virtually over two hundred students and their parents to participate in a series of hands-on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) activities. 

Balloon air poppers, paper airplanes, balloon-powered cars, coffee filter oysters and dynamic art designs using Scratch code were among the hands-on activities for all ages. Check out some photos and samples of work submitted by visiting the links below:

 

PreK Activity

 

Kindergarten 

 

Grade 1

 

Grade 2

 

Grade 3

 

Grade 4

 

Grade 5 - 8 Scratch projects


A great SLS "Thank You" to all the teachers who lead the virtual activities – we couldn’t do it without you! #BeaKnight #STEMatSLS @Archbaltschools

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Paper Challenge!

Posted January 27, 2021

In Mrs. Cabreara's Science class, middle school students were presented with a variety of paper challenges after completing their Science test. What a creative, hands-on way to engage after a test!

 

• NEST WEAVING CHALLENGE: Build a
bird's nest using the weaving method.
You do not have to build a nest like the
one in the picture. The requirements
are just that you use paper to create a
weave nest that can hold a small
stuffed-animal bird.
 
• FROG LEAPING CHALLENGE: Who/how
can you get your frog to leap the
farthest? When you are measuring, be
sure to maintain social distancing at all
times - just take turns!!!
 
• BALANCING ACT CHALLENGE: The
example shown is of a butterfly, which is
symmetric. Your challenge is to make a
non-symmetrical real-life object (using
only paper) that can be balanced.
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AFCEA STEM Kickstarter Project Grant Award

Posted December 10, 2020

As part of St. Louis School’s continuing commitment to STEM education, we are pleased to announce that we have been awarded a grant under the AFCEA Central Maryland (CMD) STEM Kickstarter program for the second year in a row. AFCEA International, established in 1946, is a “non-profit membership association serving the military, government, industry, and academia as a forum for advancing professional knowledge and relationships in the fields of communications, information technology, intelligence, and security.”

The AFCEA Central Maryland Kickstarter program awards for initiatives in STEM-related disciplines. SLS received a grant for $4,949.25 and will be using the funds to purchase a class set of LEGO for Education Spike Prime sets (15). These sets will be used by Mrs. Whiteford with the Middle School students to continue to promote computer programming, critical thinking and complex problem solving. 

We would like to thank AFCEA Central Maryland (CMD),  Mr. David Fries, VP of Technology for the Board of Directors, and Mr. Kyle Cragg a school parent who is our AFCEA Central Maryland (CMD) liaison for the generous grant. #STEMatSLS




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