STEM Blog

Talking Trash

Posted January 12, 2016

Each year First LEGO League (FLL) releases a Challenge based on a real-world scientific topic. This years' challenge is "Trash Trek," an exploration and examination of the collection, sorting, smart production and reuse of trash. More than 233,000 children ages 9 to 16 across the globe are participating in this challenge.

St. Louis School is proud of the members of the Resourceful Repurposing Revolutionaries on their participation at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory qualifier on Saturday, January 9th. A huge thank you goes out to the coaches, Mr. Harold West and Mrs. Amy Campbell, for sharing their time and talent with our students, and to all the team parents for their dedication that made this experience possible. Way to go Triple R!

Next Saturday we look forward to cheering on the Lighting Builders at the Catonsville High School Qualifier. More details on this event to follow.

 

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We all scream for Ice Cream!

Posted January 12, 2016

Mrs. Yuska's 8th grade Science class is currently studying chemical and physical changes to matter. Today they experimented with endothermic and exothermic physical changes. The students combined milk, sugar, and vanilla in a container. They then placed the container in a bag containing a combination of ice and salt. The endothermic reaction of the ice and salt caused the exothermic reaction - freezing - of the milk mixture. We were able to reach temperatures as low as -10 degrees C! Not only did the students learn about real life physical changes but they also enjoyed a tasty treat!

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The Hour of Code is Here!

Posted January 12, 2016

For the past few years, students at St. Louis School have had the opportunity to learn problem-solving skills and logical thinking by sharpening their coding skills in the classroom. As part of our standard curriculum, students are exposed to a variety of coding platforms and have the opportunity to experience the underlying mechanisms of how software technology works. This past week we celebrated with students from across the world by once again participating in “Hour of Code,” sponsored by code.org. To learn more about this event and the power of learning to code, visit: http://csedweek.org/

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Decoding STEM

Posted November 4, 2015

Today our Cyber STEM group participated in a field trip to the National Cryptologic Museum, where we learned about the history of code making and code breaking. A particular highlight was learning about how the Allies broke the Enigma code in World War Two. The students participated in a scavenger hunt that lead them through the evolution of cryptology, including chalk symbols during the Depression, the use of Navajo soldiers in the military, simple ciphers, breaking Japanese codes, the role of encryption in WWII and an introduction to modern cryptology.
You and your child may wish to visit the National Security Agency’s Crypto Kids web site at:https://www.nsa.gov/kids/

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Third Grade Physics

Posted October 31, 2015

Using books, a toy car, a cardboard ramp and a tennis ball, third grade students explored the concepts of force and motion, measuring the distances traveled when different forces were applied. (Some students were more forceful than others!) We learned so much through this fun experiment and can’t wait to try something new!

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Wind, Fire and Science!

Posted October 18, 2015

On Wednesday, our Eighth Grade boys used fire, tape and a lot of ingenuity to solve a series of team challenges at during Science Day at Mount Saint Joseph High School. In a Chemistry Lab, the boys used a Bunsen burner to cook a number of metallic salts and identify each sample by the resulting flame color. In a Physics Lab, two teams successfully constructed a bridge capable of holding 100 glass marbles using just six manila folders and one meter of duct tape. The final challenge in an Environmental Science Lab involved the design of a wind-driven turbine that could generate electricity. One of our teams designed the most efficient turbine of the day!

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3D Printing at St. Louis School

Posted October 18, 2015

Say Hello to SLS Cube our first 3-D printer provided by a grant from the Archdiocese of Baltimore!




Forces in Motion!

Posted October 15, 2015

Physics has many fun real-world applications, including how amusement park rollercoasters can scare you while still remaining safe. Today our Eighth Grade girls had the opportunity to build rollercoasters in miniature and test them with our Second Grade audience. They employed STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) knowledge and tools to create functional rollercoasters made of cardstock, tape and marbles. Who knew that engineering could be so much fun?

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Massive Motion!

Posted September 30, 2015

Today some of our 8th grade students completed a Discovery Education Lab called Massive Motion. We challenged them to design and carry out an experiment to determine if mass affects the average rate of fall of an object due to gravity. Using wiffle balls, tennis balls and balls made of clay, the students dropped them from various heights comparing their rate of fall. Power Point and Google Slide projects are next so that each group can communicate their findings! Best of all -- We had a TON of fun!!!

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LEGOS for all ages!

Posted September 30, 2015

We are now in our sixth week of school and settled into our routines. Eighth graders have discovered a new way to express their three-dimensional creativity and engineering skills during homeroom using the classroom’s LEGO board. We look forward to seeing their fantastic results over the course of the year!




DEN Ambassadors

Posted September 30, 2015

While our students have a day off from school, our dedicated teachers spent the day collaborating and learning as part of the DEN Ambassador Program.  They explored the SOS Strategies and the flipped classroom then broke into groups to put them to the test.  It was an awesome day and we look forward to the next DEN Ambassador training!

 

 

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3rd Howard County STEM Festival

Posted June 5, 2015

Thank you for visiting our booth at the Howard County STEM Festival. We hope you enjoyed our display and activities and that you will stop back to visit our blog often. Click on the St. Louis logo on the upper left hand corner of the page to learn more about our school.

 

 

The instructions to build our "give aways" are below:

What's in the Bag?

This project is designed to embrace the Maker movement and inspire creativity. Students are asked to create a character with the items included in the bag. They are then encouraged to write a short story with their creation as the main character. The stories are read and recorded using the PixNTell.edu App and a picture of their creation.

 

 

Catapult Instructions

1.Stack 7 popsicle sticks together and wrap a rubber band around each end
2.Stack 2 popsicle sticks together and wrap a rubber band around one end
3.Slide the bundle of 7 sticks between the 2 sticks
4.Place a rubber band in an ‘X’ shape around the middle of the 2 sticks
5.Attach a spoon to the top popsicle stick with another rubber band
6.Test and have fun!
 
 
 
Additional Coding Resources
Interested in some coding resources? Below is a list of some of the sites and Apps used at St. Louis School. 
 
Code Websites
Alice http://www.alice.org/index.php
Blockly https://developers.google.com/blockly/
Code Academy http://www.codecademy.com/
Code Monkey https://www.playcodemonkey.com/
Hour of Code https://code.org/
Kodu  http://www.kodugamelab.com/about
Scratch Scratch.mit.edu
 
Code Apps
Scratch Jr.
Hopscotch
Kodable
Daizy the Dinosaur
Move the Turtle
Run Marco
Cargo-Bot

 




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