STEM Blog

Galaxy Voyagers

Goals of the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) include helping students develop critical thinking and team-building skills. Today, the Galaxy Voyagers demonstrated these attributes during the qualifier event at DeMatha High School in Hyattsville. The team, comprised of students ranging from Fourth to Seventh Grade, excelled at what FLL calls “Gracious Professionalism.” The older students acted as mentors to the younger ones and inspired them to work together during their Project Presentation and Core Values competition. This team excelled in team spirit and even led the crowd in a line dance with the judges in the middle of the floor! St. Louis School is very proud of these students and grateful to their coaches, Beth Simon, Muditha Allen and Francisco Andolz for their leadership and support. Way to Go Knights!

Rubik's Cube Club

Did you know there are more than 43 quintillion ways to scramble the Rubik’s Cube? Our Rubik’s Cube Club is up for the challenge!

Headed to the State Championship!

Breaking News!

Both SLS First Lego League teams competing today have qualified to go on to the State Championship. The "Nebula Narwhals" and the "Space Nuggets" both earned a spot to move on to the next round of competition, to be held in March at UMBC.

Congratulations to the team members, coaches and parents for such an outstanding performance today!

Into Orbit

Two of the four St. Louis School FIRST LEGO League (FLL) teams will be competing this Saturday at the Catonsville High School state qualifier. The SLS community wishes the Nebula Narwhals, coached by Anne Reed and Jenn Sleeman, and the Space Nuggets, coached by Michael Blackwood and Paul Connors, the best tomorrow. A huge thank you to the parent coaches and volunteers for their support of the teams. Go, Knights, we are very proud of you!

3D Printing and Design

The St. Louis School 3D Dremel printers have been busy bringing student designs to life. Our cross-curricular STEM program incorporates the four C's (creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, and communication) and is an integral part of classroom instruction.

Building a Backyard Playground

Ms. Frederick’s math class was tasked with building a backyard playground this week. They were given budget constraints, along with differing sale prices for materials and calls from the warehouse modifying their orders. The boss even called to move up their deadline! The students did a great job of collaborating under pressure to solve this real-world challenge! 

Future Mars Rover Engineers

St. Louis School kicked off our spring Cyber STEM After School session with a hands-on engineering exercise. Students were divided into teams and challenged to design a space lander using the engineering design process. The lander design had to keep two marshmallow "aliens" safe inside a cup as it was dropped from various heights. Prior to beginning the challenge, we reviewed the key science concepts of shock-absorption, drag forces, and stability and discussed NASA’s mission of landing a rover on Mars. Students used the four C’s (creativity, communication, collaboration, and critical thinking) to design and implement a variety of clever structures, as you can see in these photographs. Our future NASA engineers came up with some clever designs and had a lot of fun while doing so. We look forward to a successful and enlightening session! #BeaKnight #SLSSTEM

Can you Design a Playground?

Ms. Frederick’s math class was tasked with building a backyard playground this week. They were given budget constraints, along with differing sale prices for materials and calls from the warehouse modifying their orders. The boss even called to move up their deadline! The students did a great job of collaborating under pressure to solve this real-world challenge! #SLSstem #BeaKnight #financialliteracyArchdiocese of Baltimore Catholic Schools

T minus 3, 2, 1...LEGO!

The countdown to this year’s FIRST LEGO League (FLL) competition has begun.

St. Louis School is proud to have four teams competing in this year’s
INTO ORBIT challenge. The teams have been working hard and are now ready
to compete in their upcoming state qualifier this month. Please join us
in supporting the Galactic Knights, the Galaxy Voyagers, the Nebula
Narwhals and the Space Nuggets as they blast into space!

Take a look at this video of their progress: https://youtu.be/Bya8_Sp6D6E


Each year the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) releases a challenge based on a
real-world scientific topic. The challenge consists of three parts: the
Robot Game, the Project, and Core Values.  FLL teams compete by
programming an autonomous robot to complete missions and score points,
developing a solution to a problem they have identified and
demonstrating FIRST Core Values.

The Gingerbread Man

1st grade STEM Challenge!
After reading the holiday classic “The Gingerbread Man”, our 1st graders took on the challenge of building a bridge to help him escape the jaws of the fox. Given 10 straws, 10 Popsicle sticks and as much tape as needed, they worked with their partners to build a structure that would support the weight of a gingerbread man without collapsing. Even very young students can collaborate and use their critical thinking skills and creativity to come up with “real-world” solutions to pressing problems! Great job Mrs. Vicendese and Mrs. Coyle keeping those kiddos focused and engaged! #scienceisfun

Christmas Slime Fun!

Mrs. Yuska's eighth-grade physical science class is beginning to explore states of Matter and the chemical and physical changes that affect Matter. In keeping with the spirit of the holidays, the students were challenged to create their own version of Christmas Slime! #scienceisfun

Christmas Engineering Challenge!

It’s almost Christmas Day and Santa needs a new sleigh. Mrs. Riggin’s Fifth Grade Math Class became elf engineers to save Christmas by working in teams to design a new sleigh, draw blueprints, build prototypes and test their new models. Students were given specific measurement guidelines for the size of the sleigh, required carrying capacity (modeled with a cup of pennies to represent the proportional weight of the presents) and its ability to fit Santa (modeled by Mrs. Riggin’s stuffed elf named Beaker).

The design and build session was filled with collaboration, critical thinking, learning, laughter, and fun as the sleighs were put to the test down a ramp. Kids don’t need to worry, these students have saved Christmas with their new designs!

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