Reach for the Sky!

Posted May 31, 2015

What are the engineering concepts behind the tallest building in the world? How was the Burj Khalifa skyscraper in Dubai designed to achieve its height and current status as the world’s tallest building? Seventh Grade students at St. Louis School had the opportunity to investigate these concepts under the guidance of Mt. St. Joseph High School (MSJ) students and Mrs. Beth Czyryka, a SLS parent and MSJ Chemistry teacher. The students were challenged to plan and design a structure that would simultaneously be as tall as possible, stand freely and hold a tennis ball for 30 seconds. The students were organized into teams, and each team received five manila folders and a meter of duct tape to complete the challenge. At the conclusion of the challenge it was clear that the successful structures resembled the designs of tall buildings in the real world. We want to thank Mt. St. Joseph High School and Mrs. Czyryka in particular for her continued support of the SLS Science and STEM program.

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Jr. FLL Think Tank Challenge!

Posted May 17, 2015

St. Louis School is proud to have been part of the Jr. First LEGO League (FLL) 2014 THINK TANK Challenge, together with over 26,000 children ages 6 to 9 from 14 countries. Our team of third and first graders showcased their project and hard work at the Miller Branch Library EXPO on May 3rd and participated in a variety of STEM-related activities throughout the afternoon. We congratulate the team members on their success and thank the parent volunteers for making it possible. Way to go KNIGHTS!

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Stay Curious and Pursue your Passions

Posted May 14, 2015

Members of the St. Louis School’s First LEGO League (FLL) had the opportunity to participate in the USA Science and Engineering Festival X-STEM Symposium at the Washington Convention Center last week. Inspirational talks by scientists, physicians and inventors gave our students insight into how pursing your passion can help lead you to the future you desire. Team members also had a special opportunity to hear Dean Kamen, the inventor of the Segway and founder of FIRST (…as in First Lego League!) The final presentation of the day was from a 19-year-old inventor, Easton LaChappelle, who shared how he created a prosthetic arm using his home computer and a 3D printer. The recurring message throughout the day was to stay curious and pursue your passions!

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Discovery Education's Spring VirtCon

Posted April 27, 2015

This weekend, Discovery Education hosted Spring VirtCon 2015, a live-streaming event of presentations by innovative educators who shared classroom strategies around the creation of authentic work, methods of collaboration, and the benefits of reflecting upon and celebrating that work. So happy and proud to give a shout-out to one of our exceptional teachers, Mrs. Zulma Whiteford, who was a presenter on the topic of “Building Community Through Creativity”. Mrs. Whiteford spoke on infusing creativity in the classroom in order to create environments that transcend geographic limitations and provide spaces for students to create, make mistakes, collaborate and solve problems. We are grateful for her enthusiastic participation and leadership! To see her presentation, forward to 4:23:13

Do You Google?

Posted April 18, 2015

Today we had the distinct pleasure to welcome Google software engineer Kitt Vanderwater to speak to our middle-school students through the USA Science & Engineering Festival Nifty Fifty Program. This impressive young woman spoke about the wonderful opportunities she has had as a software engineer and her road to success. She inspired our students to believe that they can do it too!

Ms. Vanderwater credits her success to her supportive family and a childhood teacher who made math fun for her - igniting a passion for math and technology. Some surprises she shared with us: Coding is NOT boring. She has traveled to Paris to study art in connection with her work on Google's "Backdrop" project, she met Emma Stone, one of her favorite actresses, while working on a video project, and one of her favorite things about working at Google is the free fro-yo!

Ms. Vanderwater is a very impressive young woman, and we are grateful to the USA Science & Engineering Festival for this fantastic learning opportunity for our students.

The ‘Nifty Fifty’, is a group of 200 noted science and engineering professionals who will fan out across the Washington, DC area in the 2014/2015 school year to speak about their work and careers at various middle and high schools. Featuring some of the most inspiring role models in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, or STEM, this signature program of the USA Science and Engineering Festival presents students with the latest in green technology, engineering, human health and medicine, astronomy and space exploration, nanotechnology, computer science, and more.

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Do you Measure Up?

Posted March 24, 2015

Mrs. Coyle's 1st grade students took a fun approach to their math lesson on "units" of measure. Using colored straws, they took turns measuring how tall each of them is, and convinced Ms. Kemp to join in the fun. They ended with a little dance session to get the "giggles" out before returning to the classroom. Thanks, Mrs. Coyle - it was fun!

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Creative Design Challenge

Posted March 24, 2015

St. Louis School Pre-Engineering Club, under the direction of Mrs. Eileen Markert, recently completed the design and construction of visually and functionally creative model homes. From a solar powered home shaped like a flower to a three-story light house to a icosahedron (a 20-sided polyhedron) balanced in a vertex, each of the students worked diligently to create and explain his or her creation.

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Jr. FLL Think Tank Challenge!

Posted March 3, 2015

Our Junior First LEGO League (FLL) team of Third Grade future engineers has been hard at work brainstorming, planning, collaborating and designing their project. They will be showcasing their work at the Junior FLL Event on May 3rd at the Miller Branch Library in Ellicott City.

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Hands-on Science

Posted February 9, 2015

Mrs. Rose's Sixth Grade Science class students emulated the Greek Scientist Eratosthenes in calculating the circumference of a sphere. Eratosthenes did it for the Earth while our students used more manageable spheres like basketballs and volleyballs. Students measured the length of the shadows cast from small stakes and used mathematics to determine the circumference of the spheres. The Sixth Grade students enjoyed the hands on experiment, which gave them a deeper understanding of the concept.

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Girl Power at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab

Posted February 9, 2015

 You are invited to the Girl Power event scheduled for March 8 from 2-5 PM here at JHU APL.  The event is for middle and high school girls to explore careers in science, technology, engineering and math through hands-on activities and interactive presentations.  Girl Power is free and no registration is required.

Third Annual STEM Family Night!

Posted February 6, 2015

Proving that science is FUN, we rolled out our 3rd Annual STEM night for our parents and students on Tuesday evening. Our three First Lego League (FLL) robotics teams began the evening with demonstrations, and then Eric Energy took the floor for a fun and engaging presentation. Before we sent everyone home, the students were challenged to various make-and-take activities and challenges in the classrooms. Thank you to our parent and student volunteers and to our faculty and staff members who helped to make the evening a tremendous success. Special thank you to Mrs. Whiteford who coordinated a splendid STEM Family Night for our school community!

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Teamwork is the Key!

Posted January 25, 2015

St. Louis School would like to congratulate the members of the Positive Pi People and Octo-Pi teams for participating in the First Lego League (FLL) competition at Anne Arundel Community College on Saturday, January 24th. In addition, the Positive Pi team won a trophy for best core values, great teamwork and cooperation! We are very proud of the hard work, dedication and commitment shown by both teams. We look forward to hearing great things about the Octo-Pi team members as they move on to High School and can’t wait to see what the Positive-Pi team members come up with next year. Way to Go Knights!


We would also like to express our deep appreciation to the time and energy our volunteers gave to make this day possible.


Come see their demonstration at the STEM Family Fun Night on January 27th.

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