STEM Blog

St. Louis at the USA Science and Engineering Festival

So proud of our students as they explained and demonstrated projects that they had worked on for many months. The festival provided a venue for them to meet their peers and many adults who showed an interest in their work. A big thank you to the parents who volunteered to staff the booth and to the parents who brought their children to the festival to see and experience the many opportunities the festival provides. We will be back again tomorrow from 9:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center Hall "A" Booth #1249. Hope to see you there!

Second Grade Visits a Sustainable Egg Farm

On Thursday our Second Grade took part in a virtual field trip to Pearl Valley Egg Farm! Students watched and listened as the farm owners, Dave and Ben Thompson, gave a live tour of the farm. Cameras installed in various locations showed all of the different parts of the farm, everything from the feed to the chicks to the hens and even to the Coop Poop that is fertilizer made from the hen's waste - all aspects of the operation were shown and explained. Students also learned about many of the different jobs that are needed to keep a self-sustaining farm working. The tour was especially meaningful because Dave Thompson was a first grade teacher who became interested in egg farming after years of hatching chicks in his classroom. You can learn more about the owners at: http://www.pearlvalleyeggs.com/meet-the-thompsons.php The link below is a follow-up to the tour, a farm-to-table journey brought to you by The Education Station at Discovery Education. Enjoy! http://educationstation.discoveryeducation.com/wdgt/index.cfm

Robotics at St. Louis School

Teaching code to elementary and middle school students can be a key component in sparking curiosity and problem-solving skills, potentially leading to career choices in science and engineering that will help address the challenges facing our planet. After sixteen weeks of work across two academic sessions, the students in our after school program demonstrated their robot coding accomplishments by completing a number of increasingly difficult challenges. Visit our booth #1249 at the USA Science and Engineering Festival on Saturday, April 26th and Sunday, April 27th. It is difficult to convey the excitement and enthusiasm of the students, so we thought we would do it through a video compilation of clips. Enjoy and please feel free to "Share" on your wall for others to enjoy as well. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2TtTsCwn4Fk&feature=youtu.be

X-STEM Symposium

Our X-STEM student ambassadors spent the day listening and learning from experts and professionals in the fields of science, engineering and mathematics today. St. Louis students are now preparing to serve as hosts at our booth this weekend where they will showcase some of their coding and LEGO robotics work. Join us at the USA Science and Engineering Festival and stop by booth #1249. To learn more about the festival visit: http://www.usasciencefestival.org/

PreK Science Exploration Day

Getting our students excited about science is important at St. Louis School and our youngest students are no exception! Today was our Pre-K Science Exploration Day and it was AWESOME! Our students had a blast watching chemical reactions at our "Oh No Volcano" station, created “Cloud Jars” to watch homemade rain fall, and made their very own Slime to take home! There were lots of other hands-on experiments to pique their interests and get them excited about science. Thanks to our wonderful Pre-K team of Ms. Zupkus, Ms. McCarthy, Mrs. Tyler and Mrs. Oliver for planning this engaging morning and for our parent volunteers for helping out. We couldn't do it without you! Take a look at all of the FUN.

Measuring Matter in Second Grade

Students in Mrs. Yuska’s Second Grade class were joined by Principal Weiss as they used the iPad Minis to enhance a lesson on the properties of matter. Through this Discovery Education exploration they were able to learn how different types of matter have different properties, including mass and strength. The exploration allowed the students to measure and compare the mass of three balls made of different materials using a balance as well as create bookshelves out of three different materials to see which would be strong enough to support books. This lesson provided each child with an opportunity for a "hands-on" experience that they wouldn't normally experience.

Calvert Hall STEM Academic Olympics

Congratulations to our 7th grade boys who recently participated in the Calvert Hall Academic Olympics. They spent Saturday morning working together as teams on technology, writing, general knowledge and STEM activities. St. Louis Blue was comprised of Aidan Czyryca, Joey Ghirardelli, and Luke Musselman, and St. Louis White included Mark Helminiak, Kurt Lawrence, and Lucas Tudor. St. Louis Blue was successful in bringing home the Bronze medal! We are very proud of all of the boys and congratulate them for a job well done!

Science Livestream

This week Discovery Education visited our 6th grade science class to do a live broadcast! The educators used the Discovery Tech book to explore the planets and other objects in our solar system, live-streaming the event over the internet to hundreds of classrooms around the globe. The archived broadcast will be available soon and we will be sure to share the link. It was a wonderful experience for our students, not only from the science perspective, but also to see all of the behind-the-scenes preparations for a live broadcast. We are grateful to Discovery for choosing us for this exciting opportunity. Take a look at our article in the Catholic Review! http://www.catholicreview.org/article/life/catholic-education/clarksville-school-host-to-national-live-streaming-lesson

iPads in the Classroom!

Technology is an increasingly common part of daily life. St. Louis School is working to integrate technology into classroom instruction in a planned, thoughtful, purposeful manner. Several months ago St. Louis School received a grant from the Knott Foundation, allowing the purchase of 110 Apple iPads. These iPads were loaded with a number of highly rated, educator reviewed applications geared to develop specific student skills. During this period, St. Louis School teachers began weekly training, learning how to use the iPads effectively and developing instructional strategies tailored to each classroom. Teachers are now busy creating digital lessons and incorporating material from such sources as Discovery Education and Khan Academy. So far students have welcomed the iPads with enthusiasm and are looking forward to further digital instruction.

Building our boards with Board Builder

As part of Science instruction at St. Louis School, students make oral presentations to their classmates on a regular basis. This year students have been taking their presentations to a higher level by using a computer tool called Board Builder from Discovery Education. It allows students to create a comprehensive visual aide with text, photographs, audio, video and animated content to assist in conveying concepts. The board can be shared electronically with teachers and are accessible to students anytime, anywhere through their school’s Discovery Education subscription. It is designed for flexibility, differentiation and provides an opportunity to work at the student’s pace. So far, students are enjoying this new tool and finding it engaging, easy to use and fun!

Student iPads have arrived!

Today we were thrilled to roll out our iPad initiative and celebrate Digital Learning Day! Through a grant from the Marion I. & Henry J. Knott Foundation, St. Louis has been able to purchase 110 iPads for use by our students as an additional educational resource to make learning more engaging and dynamic. Our first grade students used the devices in their Language Arts class and were introduced to long vowel sounds and letter combinations, even creating their own silly sentences as they thought “outside of the box”! Our 7th grade students utilized the devices in Science class with their personal Discovery Education accounts to access their techbooks and interactive labs. The students helped each other navigate through their genetics assignment and gave us feedback on their first classroom use of the devices. St. Louis is thrilled to be able to offer our students this innovative tool and we are grateful to the Knott Foundation for supporting this important initiative!

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