STEM Blog

Playing Our Cards Right!

Posted January 14, 2018

St. Louis School kicked off our spring Cyber STEM After School session with a hands-on engineering challenge. Students were divided into teams, given index cards and tape and told to build the tallest free standing structure that could support a stuffed animal for at least 10 seconds. 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. We look forward to a successful and enlightening session!

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Narwhal Success!

Posted January 9, 2018

Congratulations Einstein Narwhals on a fantastic FIRST LEGO LEAGUE (FLL) qualifier day! First place on the project, a spot at the Maryland State Championship and an invitation to compete for the Maryland Regional FLL Global Innovation Award! A huge thank you to our fearless coaches Anne Reed and Jenn Sleeman for their gift of leadership, inspiration and time. Way to Go Knights, the SLS community is very proud of you! #SLSFLL #RiseAbove

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The Hot Hose!

Posted January 9, 2018

We are so excited for this talented and hard-working group of students. Their FIRST Lego League team, the Einstein Narwhals, have been busy preparing for their qualifying round this weekend. These photos were taken on their fun and informative "field trip" to the Clarksville Fire Station to research their problem. Today they did a practice run for their coaches and faculty to gain some insight on how they could improve their presentation skills. They did an awesome job and we are so proud! Best of luck this weekend - Go Knights! #SLSFLL #RiseAbove




First Place in Core Values!

Posted January 9, 2018

Congratulations to the St.Louis School Neptune Knights for winning First Place in Core Values at today’s FIRST LEGO League (FLL) qualifier! We are all so proud of you. Way to GO Knights!

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Nepture Knights

Posted December 15, 2017

St. Louis School is proud to sponsor three FIRST LEGO League (FLL) teams this year. The Neptune Knights are the first St. Louis School FLL team to compete in a qualifier this season. Join us in wishing them well and consider coming out to cheer them on tomorrow afternoon at Hammond High School. A special thanks to our coaches, Mrs. Beth Simon and Mrs. Muditha Allen, for providing our students with this rewarding opportunity. Go Knights!

Take a look at their progress: https://youtu.be/oUY7AKrzfJ0

 




How Do You Say ‘Sink or Float’ in Mandarin?

Posted December 12, 2017

Learning the fundamentals of STEM is basically the same in any language. On Monday, Mrs. Riggin’s Fifth Grade Science Class shared a lesson on the fundamentals of matter with a Chinese delegation from Shanghai. The delegation is working in partnership with Discovery Education (DE) to learn more about how STEM education is implemented in the United States.

 

After the lesson, which incorporated material from the DE digital Techbook running on Google Chromebooks, the students engaged in a hands-on exercise to deepen their understanding of the characteristics of matter.

 

St. Louis School Eighth Grade STEM Ambassadors then shared their current work in Virtual Reality (VR) using an Oculus Rift device and the software development tool Unity.

 

The delegation also participated in two Second Grade STEM challenges led by Mrs. Anacker and Mrs. Johnson. The students were tasked with designing and building a parachute for Santa Claus and a shelf for the Elf.

 

At the conclusion of the visit the delegation expressed their appreciation and Lauren Conn, Director of Global Initiatives, stated, “Your teachers are fabulous and it is obvious that students are joyfully learning at school and after school.”

 

We would like to thank Discovery Education and the Chinese delegation for visiting St. Louis School, asking good questions and providing an attentive audience for our students. We would also like to thank Mrs. Riggin, Mrs. Anacker and Mrs. Johnson for welcoming our guests and providing engaging STEM lesson opportunities.

 

We look forward to continuing our communication and collaboration with our new Chinese friends. 

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How Does Disease Spread?

Posted December 10, 2017

How de we really get sick? If someone next to you gets sick will you also get sick? How is disease transmitted from one person to another? On Friday, Mrs. Yuska’s Seventh Grade Science Class learned the answers to these questions and more from Dr. Gene Millar. Dr. Millar, Director of Clinical Research Operations, is an epidemiologist working on researching diseases related to the military overseas. Dr. Millar explained how diseases spread, how they are affected by environment proximity and genetics. Students engaged in a hands-on exercise to illustrate how the infection process works. We want to thank Dr. Millar for taking the time to visit us and look forward to hosting him again soon. St. Louis School is committed to bringing outside experts to connect academic stem topics with real world applications.

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Final Fall Cyber STEM Challenge

Posted December 9, 2017

The Fall Session of our CyberSTEM After School program came to a close this week with an engaging and fun cup-stacking challenge held in the Science Lab. Each student was randomly assigned to a group and instructed to work collaboratively to design and build the tallest free-standing tower in 20 minutes or less using 100 Solo cups. Lots of cheering and cup crashing sounds ultimately led to a tie between two teams, each with a tower measuring 92 inches in height.

During the course of our Fall Session, the 50 CyberSTEM participants were introduced to the Python programming language, turtle drawing features, math formulas, cryptology and hexadecimal notation. They also took a field trip to the National Electronics Museum (NEM) in Linthicum where they learned about the history of electronics and its application to communications and national defense.

We are looking forward to our CyberSTEM Spring Session, where we will develop additional coding skills and explore robotics.

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Help the Gingerbread Man Escape!

Posted November 26, 2017

After reading the classic fairy tale of the Gingerbread Man, Mrs. Vicendese and Mrs. Coyle challenged their students to create an escape route for the Gingerbread Man so that he would not suffer his fate at the jaws of the fox. The students were given basic materials to build bridges over which the Gingerbread man could run, run - as fast as he can. Working in groups, the students collaborated and did an awesome job saving the day! #everyspaceisamakerspace #SLSSTEM

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Native American STEM

Posted November 19, 2017

On Friday, the Second Graders participated in an integrated Social Studies and Science lesson focused on the Wampanoag native American tribe. The activity was based on the Wampanoag children and how they had to use materials around them to make games and toys. The students were given ten cups, four bendy straws, four pieces of yarn, and one rubber band to build a pyramid of cups without using their hands. The students were allowed a short period of time to strategize and then quickly jumped into the challenge.

It was impressive to see the various creative solutions that resulted from their collaboration! #everyspaceisamakerspace #RiseAbove#trublue

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Cell Diffusion Exploration

Posted November 19, 2017

On Friday in Science Lab, the 7th grade explored the concept of how cells maintain homeostasis by allowing materials in and out of the cell through the process of diffusion. In this lab the students used a suspension of cornstarch and water to represent a cell, plastic wrap to represent the cell membrane, and various concentrations of iodine solutions to represent the raw materials a cell needs to perform life processes. The variables tested were the various concentrations of the iodine and various temperatures of the cornstarch suspensions. The students hypothesized about how these variable would affect the rate of diffusion into or out of their cells.

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Saving Turkeys a Week Before Thanksgiving!

Posted November 14, 2017

SLS Middle School students used logic, communication and collaboration to solve a series of challenging digital puzzles and successfully completed a Breakout challenge. St. Louis School is introducing the BreakoutEDU platform to help improve our student’s critical, observational, non-linear and problem-solving skills. The Thanksgiving-themed lesson challenged students to unlock a series of puzzles and ultimately free a virtual turkey. To learn more about the educational benefits of BreakoutEDU visit: https://www.breakoutedu.com

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