STEM Blog

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




Teachers at Howard County Private Shcool Print Protective Masks for Front Line Workers

Posted June 19, 2020

We are proud of our amazing Technology teachers, Mrs. Whiteford and Mrs. Phelps for stepping up to help our front line workers. Thanks to our SLS community for so generously answering the call for help! #slsfamily#ArchBaltSchools #RiseAbove

 

https://www.baltimoresun.com/maryland/howard/cng-ho-lt-clarksville-0528-20200528-3wnq3tbvcjfeppjovrfv272epa-story.html?fbclid=IwAR2p4qhmhj9DhohgBrhKxd9Bz6toaYB1eeZDGIzs4fuQOLFqNbHRpy7Z3EE




Virtual STEM Challenge!

Posted March 22, 2020

Attention at home STEM engineers and makers of all ages! Your two technology teachers, Mrs. Whiteford and Mrs Phelps, miss seeing you so much that we have some STEM challenge suggestions for you to work on in your spare time. These challenges are optional but we would love to see what you can achieve. 

 

Check out this website, pick the materials you have available to you at home and then select a challenge. Please email us pictures (zwhiteford@stlouisparish.org and/or mphelps@stlouisparish.org) of your achievements by Friday, March 27th so we can showcase them to the whole community on our STEM blog next weekend.

 

https://pbskids.org/designsquad/build/spinner/

 



Leprechaun Traps!

Posted March 22, 2020

Top 'o the morning! Can you build a trap to catch a leprechaun? Check out this STEM engineering challenge to help you. A huge thank you to Smart Chick and TeachersPayTeachers for the free download!

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