STEM Blog

AFCEA STEM Kickstarter Awards Banquet

Posted May 6, 2022
A portion of the St Louis School STEM budget comes from grants. We use these grants to purchase equipment and software that provides our students with hands-on learning opportunities.
Tonight we celebrated our third STEM Kickstarter grant award at the AFCEA Annual Awards Night held at the Turf Valley Resort. SLS Third Grade STEM Ambassadors demonstrated the capabilities of Wonder Workshop Dash robots we purchased with grant proceeds to a large and inquisitive audience during the first hour of the event. They explained the Blockly programming app and answered questions like: How do you make the robot spin in a circle? How many colors can you program the lights in? Can you make your robot turn in a certain direction 90 degrees?” Our Ambassadors did a remarkable job representing our school and we are very proud of them.
The evening included a delicious meal where the award recipients were recognized, followed by an engaging keynote address by Laura Nelson, the Chief Executive Officer of the National Cryptologic Museum Foundation.
St. Louis School would like to thank AFCEA Central Maryland (CMD) for their continued support of our teachers, students, and our STEM program.#STEMatSLS Archdiocese of Baltimore Catholic Schools

 

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Dash Winter Olympics

Posted March 17, 2022
While the official 2022 Winter Olympics took place in Beijing, here at home our St. Louis School Third Graders held their own competitive sporting event. In a collaborative effort between Math, ELA, Library, and Computer class, the students learned about the Olympics and researched their assigned sport and country. Students were then split into groups and programmed Dash Wonder Workshop robots to perform the appropriate actions for each sport and then measured the resulting time and speed.
The purchase of these Dash robots was made possible by a grant from AFCEA Central Maryland (CMD). We are grateful for their continued support of our STEM program.
The St. Louis Olympics included an Opening Ceremony and the events were cheered on by spectators of all ages. Every team successfully completed their programming sports challenge and demonstrated terrific sportsmanship. Check out this video to learn more. #STEMatSLS #Archbaltschools
 

 




Transport Troopers

Posted March 17, 2022

The third St. Louis School FIRST LEGO League (FLL) team will be competing today at the Southern Regional Technology Complex (Fort Washington, MD) state qualifier. The SLS community wishes the Transport Troopers the best in today’s event. A huge thank you to the parent coaches and volunteers for their support of the team. Go, Knights, we are very proud of you! #STEMatSLS FIRST in Maryland




Feudalism STEM Project

Posted March 17, 2022
Last week the seventh grade completed a project to help them further understand their lessons on the Middle Ages in Europe and feudalism. One group of students created a medieval castle that would represent the very top of the feudal hierarchy (Kings and Queens). The other was to design a crest that represented a family. This symbol would be the family crest/distinguishing feature for generations and generations. This project combined STEM elements of building the castle, and European history to depict the accuracy of the Middle Ages.

 

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The Final Frontier!

Posted February 17, 2022
The Final Frontier came to Pre-K this morning when astronaut Audrey Powers visited each of our Pre-K classrooms and received a guided tour of LEGO space stations designed and constructed by our junior engineers. She asked lots of questions and got lots of great answers. Later in the day, Ms. Powers engaged students in other classrooms and had a working lunch with our Science teachers. Ms. Powers took time to collaborate with a group of Middle School students, performing data analysis as part of a lesson provided by Club for the Future. Club for the Future is a nonprofit founded by Blue Origin to inspire students to pursue careers in STEM and help visualize the future of life in space. Visit clubforfuture.org to learn more.
Ms. Powers flew into space on a Blue Origin rocket called New Shepard in October 2021. She grew up in Columbia and is a graduate of St. Louis School.
We want to thank her for sharing her success story with our students. Archdiocese of Baltimore Catholic Schools #STEMatSLS #BeAKnight

 

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Audrey Powers' Visit

Posted February 17, 2022
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Hearts and Minds!

Posted February 15, 2022

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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It's Roller Coaster Time!

Posted February 10, 2022
"Everything I ever learned in math I used in constructing our roller coaster!"
The 6th grade math class performed a STEM activity while learning more about slopes. Students were timed to create a roller coaster with a set of given materials and competed to see which marbles traveled the fastest and longest length. In small groups, students planned, constructed, and modified their coasters as they saw problems with their construction.
It was an amazing activity to see the students using the STEM process and collaborating.
The activity resonated with the students! A few commented: "This was the best STEM project ever!"

 

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10th Annual STEM Family Night!

Posted January 23, 2022

Balloon powered cars, kaleidoscopes, helicopters, catapults, and Scratch coding challenges are just a few of the activities planned for the 10th Annual SLS STEM Family Night. Join us next week for an age-appropriate STEM virtual activity led by SLS teachers. The festivities start at 7:00 PM on Thursday, February 3rd for all ages. Materials for Grades PreK through 5 will be sent home on Monday, January 31st. Students in Grades 6 through 8 will engage in an advanced Scratch coding challenge so no physical materials are necessary.


Zoom links and access information will be sent out via email in advance. Please contact Mrs. Whiteford (zwhiteford@stlouisparish.org) if you have any questions.




1st Place in Robot Design!

Posted January 1, 2022
Congratulations to the St. Louis School Galactic Knights, who brought home a First Place win in the Robot Design category from the DeMatha Catholic High School competition.
The St. Louis School community could not be more proud of all our FLL FIRST in Maryland students and their hard work during this journey. The future is in good hands! #stematSLS #BeaKnight



Gingerbread Man STEM Activity

Posted December 20, 2021

Today first grade worked on a STEM cross curricular activity. After reading the book "The Gingerbread Man," they constructed bridges to help the Gingerbread Man run away. It was an all-encompassing activity of problem solving and expanding their vocabulary.

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Kindergarten Builders!

Posted December 15, 2021

Our kindergarteners have been learning the difference between wants and needs in social studies class. To bring the lesson to life, the students worked together on a STEM activity where they designed and built a shelter.




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