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STEM Blog

Young Meteorologist Program

We recently had a very exciting and early morning at SLS as WBAL's Ava Marie joined Mrs. Mary Fairbanks and Katie Collins Garrett, NOAA meteorologist sand Owlie Skywarn to teach our students about weather preparedness. This is an especially important cause to St. Louis, as it is the 12th anniversary of the College Park tornado that tragically took the lives of two of our beloved students. We can all use reminders how prepare for and to safely anticipate dangerous weather conditions, and we were thrilled to have this opportunity to spread the word. You too, can become a weather expert by participating in the Young Meteorologist Program, a free computer game that educates children in grades K-8 about the importance of severe weather preparedness. Go to http://www.youngmeteorologist.org/ for more information. Thank you to all of our guests, and to our students and parents for making this such a valuable experience!

DC Metro Area Maker Faire

Calling all the St. Louis Creative Minds! “Robots, electric go-karts, interactive art, flying machines, and so much more to see and do –KID Museum is hosting the Silver Spring Mini Maker Faire on Sunday, September 29th at Veteran’s Plaza and Great Hall in Silver Spring, from 12:00-5:00p.m. The Maker Faire features free family activities, two performance stages, and innovative projects created by inventors, hackers, crafters, artists, and do-it-yourselfers of all kinds. The festival highlights creative and unusual projects, and invites people of all ages to explore their own curiosity while making something new.” For more information visit http://makerfairesilverspring.com/

Frog and Fish dissection in Seventh Grade Science Class

Assisted by our Seminarian Matt, Seventh Graders finished out the year learning about aquatic anatomy.

Creating simple machines

One of the goals of STEM education is to provide students with an understanding of the underlying principles behind everyday experiences. In Mrs. Vicendese’s Third Grade Science class, our budding engineers gained a hands-on understanding of simple machines using Lego WeDo Robotic kits. Students worked in groups of four to build and program their design for a simple machine. Each design incorporated a repeating motion and a sound effect appropriate to the observable motion. The exercise culminates with a Language Arts assignment in which each group writes a story involving their design and presents it to the rest of the class. The creative designs included a drumming monkey, a hungry alligator, dancing birds, an airplane rescue, a sailboat in a storm and a roaring lion.

First Grade Lego Engineers

First grade engineers got creative with the Lego Wedo kits this spring.  In Mrs. Coyle's science classes, our first grade students were put into groups and each group got to choose to build one of three animals.  After successfully showing their engineering skills by building their animals, each group got to try their hand at programming the movements of their animals. They showed their technology competence by getting their animals to move.  The students enjoyed this STEM activity.  They were able to start a project, make decisions as a group, work together, and successfully see their project finished.

Robotics Camp at Our Lady of Good Counsel

Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in Olney is offering a Middle School Robotics Camp for students currently in fifth through eighth grade. The camp runs the week of June 24th through June 28th. To learn more about the camp and to register, visit www.olgchs.org/summer2

 

 

X-STEM School certification

St. Louis School has been certified as an X-STEM School by the USA Science and Engineering Festival!

To learn more about the program visit: http://www.usasciencefestival.org/schoolprograms/x-stem-extreme-stem-symposium/x-stem-schools/965-st-louis-school-knights-.html

 

 

Third Grade Rocks!

The third grade class studied a Science unit on Rocks and Minerals.  To wrap up the unit, each third grader was assigned a mineral to research during computer class.  The children took their researched information to create and design a mineral trading card.  The colorful cards consisted of a picture, the properties, and facts relating to their mineral.   When the cards were finished sets were distributed to the class.  When the children received their pack of trading cards you would have thought it was Christmas morning.  The children were so excited not only to see their trading card, but their friends’ beautiful cards too.

The Littles Escape!

          The 3rd grade class read the book The Littles, by John Peterson in reading class.  After reading the book the children were challenged to create an escape vehicle for the Littles.  The children worked in groups and came up with a plan of what they wanted to use for their vehicle.  Then they worked on designing a blue print for their vehicle.   They used all kinds of items like boxes, Legos, toilet paper rolls, caps, Duck tape, etc.  The vehicles not only had wheels to move, but some were meant to fly.  One vehicle had Zhu-Zhu Pets as its wheels.

          Next, the children were to create Littles puppets.  The children were given white paper and they had to draw what they thought each Little looked like.  They had to predict the size of the Little and use their math skills to measure the puppet to the exact inch, ¼ inch, ½ inch or ¾ inch.  They turned out to look like little human/mice with long tails.      

Cyber Safety, Cyber Ethics and Cyber Security

The appropriate and ethical use of technology is a foundational component of instruction at St. Louis. Our efforts were recognized today during the Maryland technology-focused Common Ground Conference when St. Louis, along with one other school in the state, was invited to share our award-winning program of community cyber awareness issues and how we provide effective and sustainable Cyber Safety, Cyber Ethics and Cyber Security education in the curricula, incorporating STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), civic skills and cyber career pathways.

To learn more about the Common Ground Conference visit
www.msetonline.org/schedule.html

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