STEM Blog

Sewer Rats Win First Place at State Championship for their Project!

Posted February 29, 2020

Emergency Exit EDISOUND Product Wins First Place! Congratulations to the SLS Sewer Rats who won First Place for Project Presentation at this year's FIRST LEGO League State Championship held at UMBC today. The St. Louis School community is very proud of all of you and your remarkable accomplishments. A huge thank you to the talented coaches Anne Reed and Jenn Sleeman for their leadership, guidance, and inspiration.#STEMatSLS #YearoftheRat Archdiocese of Baltimore Catholic Schools

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Learning How to Make a Difference!

Posted February 29, 2020

As part of Third Grade's Life Science Unit, they have been learning all about Endangered Species and how we can help protect animals. Students did their own research, wrote book reports, made dioramas, created "persuasive" posters, and gave class presentations. Then, today, Third Grade shared some of their research and knowledge-- and showed off their awesome dioramas -- with their Kindergarten Buddies. The Kindergartners then completed their own worksheet on how they too can help save animals! #STEMatSLS

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Future Paleontologists!

Posted February 29, 2020

Our Pre-K classes are learning all about different types of museums and the artifacts they hold. Today, the students learned about dinosaurs and paleontologists and how they dig up and discover fossils. The kids were each given a dinosaur egg and tools to dig out their hidden dinosaur beneath the egg. It was a messy day, but they had a blast learning and discovering. Many future paleontologists in these photos!

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What does it mean to be human?

Posted February 29, 2020

Last week we had the distinct pleasure to welcome Dr. Briana Pobiner, a paleoanthropologist and science educator at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Dr. Pobiner uses this question as an important framework to study the evolutionary past of the human species. During her research, Dr. Pobiner has traveled all over the world to places like Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, and Indonesia and her studies have been supported by organizations such as the Fulbright-Hays program, the Leakey Foundation, the National Geographic Society, the National Science Foundation, Rutgers University, the Society for American Archaeology, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Wenner-Gren Foundation.

Dr. Pobiner is a very impressive scientist, and we are grateful to the USA Science & Engineering Festival for this fantastic learning opportunity for our students. The ‘Nifty Fifty’, is a group of noted science and engineering professionals who will fan out across the Washington, DC area in the 2019/2020 school year to speak about their work and careers at various middle and high schools. Featuring some of the most inspiring role models in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, or STEM, this signature program of the USA Science and Engineering Festival presents students with the latest in green technology, engineering, human health and medicine, astronomy and space exploration, nanotechnology, computer science, and more. #STEMatSLS

 

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EDISOUND System Patent Pending!

Posted February 29, 2020

The Sewer Rats (FLL Team #26647) have been working hard to develop their FIRST Innovative Project. Their solution to the problem of communication inefficiencies during emergency situations is an Adaptable Egress Communication System that facilitates the movement of groups of people in shared urban spaces where there are visitors with diverse accessibility needs. They have shared their idea with many professionals in their community and received such a positive response that they decided to patent their idea, the EDISOUND system. The Sewer Rats are working with attorney Margaret Teahan to write and file a Provisional Utility Patent. They held a working meeting with Ms. Teahan at the Ethridge Quinn Law Offices in Frederick, MD earlier this month. They continue to provide updated technical input as the application is written and they expect to file their patent this week. The Sewer Rats thank Ms. Teahan for her professional services and thank Ethridge Quinn Law Offices for donating the patent filing fee. #STEMatSLS Archdiocese of Baltimore Catholic Schools

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Hearts and Minds!

Posted February 16, 2020

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. 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. #STEMatSLS#BeaKnight #RiseAbove

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Drop it, drop it, drop it!

Posted February 16, 2020

“Drop it, drop it, drop it!” was the cheer of the day at the SLS Collaborative Egg Drop STEM activity. PreK students were invited to join Mrs. Sarah Yuska Seventh Grade Science class in the Science Lab and challenged to build a device using a limited set of materials that would protect a raw egg when dropped from a second story. The teams collaborated on the design, built their devices and then put them to the test by dropping them one-by-one down the Middle School stairway. Only a handful of eggs survived but the experience and memories will last for a lifetime! #STEMatSLS

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STEM EXPO!

Posted February 9, 2020

Thanks to all who joined us for our STEM Expo this morning. We enjoyed showing you a small glimpse of the ways we make learning fun and science come to life! #STEMatSLS

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Sewer Rats headed to State Championship!

Posted February 9, 2020

Months of consistent hard work have paid off for the SLS Sewer Rats. Today at the DeMatha Catholic High School competition they were one of six out of 26 teams to qualify for the State Championship, to be held February 23rd at UMBC. Congratulations to the SLS Sewer Rats who were also awarded the Second Place trophy in the Innovative Project category. A huge thank you to our coaches Anne Clement Reed and Jenn Sleeman for the gift of time and talent leading the team to this accomplishment. Way to go Knights! The St. Louis community is very proud of you and can't wait to cheer you on at the State Championship. #YearoftheRat #STEMatSLSArchdiocese of Baltimore Catholic Schools




Robotic Knights

Posted February 9, 2020

Practice and perseverance pays off! Congratulations to the SLS Robotic Knights who were awarded the Second Place trophy in the Core Values category. We are so proud of you. A huge thank you to our coaches Mrs.Michelle Donegan, Mr. Bill Maciejewski, Mr. Raj Kukadia and Mrs. Annpriya Thanaraj-Kukadia for their leadership and guidance. Way to go knights! #STEMatSLS




8th Annual STEM Night!

Posted February 9, 2020

The Eight Annual STEM Family Fun Night brought over a hundred and twenty five students and their parents to St Louis School last night to learn more about robotics and participate in a series of hands-on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) activities. Our robotics and rocketry teams kicked-off the evening, demonstrating their robots, projects and programming skills while encouraging younger students to get involved. The Skyscraper Knights, We Speak for the Trees, the Sewer Rats, the Robotic Knights and the Flying Squirrels all had the opportunity to interact with the students and parents and share their enthusiasm for the creativity and exploration that robotics and rocketry enables. Featured guest Rocket Reba from the Eric Energy team introduced the group to frozen carbon dioxide, the power of static electricity, and had parents and students on their feet experimenting all about weather. Rubberband helicopters, paper circuits, hovercrafts and “What’s in a bag?” activities were among the hands-on classroom activities for all ages. 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

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Sewer Rats and Robotic Knights!

Posted February 9, 2020

St. Louis School is proud to sponsor four FIRST LEGO League (FLL) teams this year. The Robotic Knights and the Sewer Rats are the last two St. Louis School FLL teams to compete in a qualifier this season. Join us in wishing them well and consider coming out to cheer the Robotic Knights tomorrow at JHUAPL Applied Physics Lab and or the Sewer Rats on Sunday at DeMatha Catholic High School
Dematha High School. A special thanks to our coaches, Michelle Donnegan, Raj Kukadia, Anne Reed and Jenn Sleeman for providing our students with this rewarding opportunity. Go, Knights! #STEMatSLS#BEaKnight #Archbaltschools

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