STEM Blog

Stay Curious and Pursue your Passions

“Stay curious and pursue your passions” was the recurring message for SLS students attending the USA Science and Engineering Festival X-STEM Symposium today at the Washington Convention Center. Inspirational talks by scientists, physicians and inventors gave our students insight into how pursuing your passion can help lead to the future you desire. We heard about Brain-Machine Integration from Dr. Kafui Dzirasa, who described his research into understanding the underlying mechanisms that drive mental illness. Amy Sterling, Executive Director of Eyewire, told us how they are using crowdsourcing and video games to help map brain neurons. Dr. Chavonda Jacobs-Young, Administrator of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service, shared the importance of food science in our global economy. Additional speakers provided details about ongoing research in primatology, cell biology and cancer research. Our students had the opportunity to ask questions and solicit advice from each speaker and learn about their background and childhood passions. This trip marks our sixth year of attendance to the USA Science and Engineering Festival X-STEM Symposium and is part of our ongoing St. Louis School STEM Speaker series. #BeaKnight #STEMatSLS

Serving Pi in Annapolis

 

Five of our STEM Ambassadors represented St. Louis School at the Maryland STEM Festival Pi Day event today at the Annapolis State House. Students from dozens of local schools attended the event and learned from our Ambassadors about SLS STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) activities including Ozobot robot coding, Augmented Reality (AR) and First LEGO League (FLL) competition robots.

Our Ambassadors had an opportunity to chat with Lt. Gov Rutherford, Howard County Delegate Jen Terrasa and Edith Perry, Community Liaison for Delegate Joseline Peña- Melnick.

At the end of the day, our Ambassadors visited Delegate Tawanna Gaines’ office thanks to Mrs. Lauren Jagtiani, an aide to Delegate Gaines and an SLS parent. As a member of the Appropriations Committee, Delegate Gaines gave us insight into the budgeting process and how money is allocated in the state.

We also had an opportunity to meet members of the Atholton First Robotics Challenge (FRC) team and learn all about their Raspberry Pi-controlled robot. We were all inspired by students from the Maryland School for the Blind and their use of technology to support their FLL team and classroom work.

Thank you to Mrs. Anne Reed and Mrs. Mimi Teahan for helping to facilitate our visit to the capital.

We are proud of our STEM Ambassadors for serving as role models for younger students and helping inspire future careers in STEM. #STEMatSLS#BeaKnight @MarylandSTEMFestival @Archbaltschools

 

Mathematical Fashion

Pi is a mathematical value that is defined as the ratio of a circle's

circumference to its diameter. It is a constant, always staying the
same regardless of the size of the circle. The numeric value of Pi is
approximately 3.14159 and it appears in many math and physics formulas.

Taking the first three digits, 3.14, as a date, we have today - Pi Day!

In celebration of Pi Day, Mrs. Riggin's math class fashioned bracelets
made from beads, with enough of each color to match the first few digits
of Pi. Mathematical fashion!

 

HESS Toy Trucks for STEM!

Our Hess STEM kits have arrived! Thank you Hess Toy Truck for the tools and curriculum to continue to enhance STEM education at St. Louis School. #BeaKnight #STEMatSLS

STEM Family Fun Night

The Seventh Annual STEM Family Fun Night brought over a hundred students and parents to St Louis School on Thursday evening to learn more about robotics and participate in a series of hands-on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) activities. Our robotics teams kicked-off the evening, demonstrating their robots, projects and programming skills while encouraging younger students to get involved. The Aqua Knights, the Galactic Knights, the Galaxy Voyagers, the Nebula Narwhals and the Space Nuggets all had the opportunity to interact with the students and parents and share their enthusiasm for the creativity and exploration that robotics enables. The @Archbishop Spalding First Robotics Competition team, @4541cavineers, and their robot "4541" informed and entertained the audience with a display of agility, including picking up and accurately placing a yellow block from over seven feet high! They talked about their planning and build process and how the competition runs. The Cavineers also made the connection with the First LEGO League (FLL) competition by talking about the design process and how often we have to test and rebuild to succeed. What a remarkable group of High School students and a role model to us all! To learn more about the Cavineers visit their website at: https://www.4541cavineers.org/ As always, we are grateful to our parent coaches and the students for their dedication and cannot wait to see what is next! 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! #BeaKnight #STEMatSLS @Archbaltschools

Ozobot Coding!

On Monday, Mrs. Phelp's Second Grade Computer class learned how to program our Ozobots, a ping pong ball sized robot that uses a color sensor to follow commands encoded in color lines. The challenge of the day was to design a track and incorporate at least three commands. The students worked in pairs, used rulers and straight edges to design the track and worked out the appropriate series of commands to have their robot speed up, slow down, dance and or turn around. The students had a great time and followed the 4C’s (creativity, communication, collaboration, and critical thinking) of STEM education to achieve their goal. Join us at STEM Night where we will raffle an Ozobot! #BeaKnight #STEMatSLS @Ozobot

STEM Family Fun Night!

Don’t miss our 7th Annual STEM Family Fun Night this Thursday, March 7th! Join us at 6:30 PM in the Cafeteria and learn more about the successful St. Louis School robotics program. Meet the team members, watch their robots run and learn about this year’s competitive challenges.

The 2018 World Championship Archimedes Division winners, the Archbishop Spalding High School Cav-ineers robot team, will put on a demonstration and explain their approach to problem-solving and competitive engineering. This will be followed by a series of age-appropriate hands-on STEM activities in our classrooms for ages Pre K through 8.

There will be several raffles and the first 100 students to arrive will receive an SLS 3D-printed treat.

Hope you can join us for this fun-filled evening!

 

Celebrating Digital Learning Day!

Technology is an integral part of our everyday lives. SLS has integrated technology into each classroom and is committed to using it seamlessly across all subject areas. On Thursday, we celebrated Digital Learning Day to recognize our continuing efforts to apply cutting edge technology to increase student learning. #BeaKnight #DLDay

OLGC Math Bowl!

Our St. Louis School Math team competed this past week in the 45th Annual Math contest hosted by Our Lady of Good Counsel High School. The SLS Mathletes came home with some hardware – placing 3rd overall! We are so proud of these talented students and grateful to their teacher Ms. Dottie Peterson, for leading the way! #BeaKnight

FLL State Championship

Congratulations to two of our First Lego League teams, The Space Nuggets, and The Nebula Narwhals, who competed at the Maryland State Championship on Saturday, February 23rd. The competition consisted of three elements: A real-world problem-solving presentation, the “core values” team collaboration challenge and the robotics individual mission events. Our teams proudly represented SLS after qualifying to compete against 64 teams at the state level, an accomplishment in its own.

We are excited to report that the Nebula Narwhals brought home a 3rd place overall win for their real-life problem-solving project presentation focusing on the issue of excess trash in space. 
Lastly, we wanted to extend a big thank you to our dedicated parent volunteers who have championed our four FLL teams this school year. 

Clawbots!

SLS students in the Cyber STEM spring session are busy working with the VEX IQ robot kits and are assembling the "ClawBots.” After assembly and checkout, students will program these robots to interact with the environment and solve increasingly difficult challenges.

Hearts and Minds!

Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate love and at St Louis School we love STEM!

As part of our continued commitment to STEM education, we held a school-wide activity yesterday to engage our students in critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, and communication.

Challenge activities included heart-shaped pinwheels, 3D-printed heart shapes, candy-carrying origami frogs, crystal hearts, physics-defying oobleck, love boats, Valentine’s Day themed dialogue boxes, newspaper towers, animal habitat exploration, curious chemical reactions and even flying cupids.

Because happy teachers are effective teachers, we started the day with Valentine’s Day donuts, coffee and chocolate. Each teacher was encouraged to complete the development process by providing feedback about their activity and how their students responded. You can get a sense of how the day progressed in the photographs below.

Students and faculty had a fun-filled, inquiry-based educational experience and we look forward to many more.

 

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