STEM Blog

Does the shape of a bird's beak affect what he eats?

How can rain shape the land? Does the shape of a bird’s beak affect what he eats? How are different living things affected by sound? These are some of the questions that were answered by our St. Louis scientists during this year’s Science Fair.  Students in Fourth, Sixth and Eight Grade followed the Scientific Method to ask a question, conduct research, develop a hypothesis, test it, analyze and report the results under the guidance of Ms. Fries, Mrs. Rose and Mrs. Markert. Congratulations to everyone on a job well done. These scientists have bright futures ahead!

STEM in PE? Why Not?

Have you ever considered how we incorporate STEM into our PE classes? Well, last week, our awesome PE teacher took a stab at it by groaning a STEM activity called "Building and Running Bobsleds". The classes were divided into groups, and each group was given 1 large mat and 4 scooters to design a "bobsled" that would support 2 riders. The groups had to determine the distribution of weight of their riders, as well as the strength of the bobsled pushers to make the "sleds" more efficient and faster. As you can imagine -- it was a fun activity and proved to the students that science can be FUN!

Drafting pencils give way to mouse and keyboard

Sixth Grade students in Mrs. Whiteford’s computer class began using a software program called Google Sketchup that allows them to draw and manipulate virtual structures. Students learned to use the interactive tool to design a house and expect to extend those skills to other projects.

Gazing the Nighttime Sky through the Discovery Channel Telescope

Join us on this after-school encore presentation sure to capture your imagination and bring learning into your home. Grab a warm cup of hot chocolate and gather your family around your computer to tune into this live web broadcast of the evening sky. With exclusive access and control of the Discovery Channel Telescope (DCT), Director Jeffrey Hall and DCT Commissioning Scientist Stephen Levine will be navigating the telescope to the top-voted areas from the daytime broadcast. Images will be surreal. Pajamas are optional.

 Click here to register and learn more.

http://www.siemensstemacademy.com/index.cfm?event=showResource&resourceId=cf6af9e2%2D1321%2D0c71%2D3cb0%2D02f0fb1e919b

Claymation Studio

For those fans of the classic animated characters Gumby and Pokey, students in Ms. d’Epagnier’d Sixth Grade Art class are following in the footsteps of their creator Art Clokey. The students have been working diligently to create sets and poseable figures and are using a technique called stop motion clay animation to create an animated story. Once photography is completed they will use JellyCam software in Computer class to create a final version of their story. Please be sure to check back to view the results!

Golfing Robots?

The St. Louis School CyberSTEM team conitnue to make progress with their robots as they take the first step towards a golfing robot. St. Louis students in the afterschool CyberSTEM activity have been diligently programming their robots to operate in the real world.

Robots Rule CyberSTEM!

Our Spring CyberSTEM Robotics session is underway. Students (Grades 4 through 8) are building their robots and looking forward to begin programming them. Check back to see our progress

5th Grade electrical engineers

Using the simple materials of a battery, foil and a small light bulb, our 5th grade students tried their hand at building an electrical circuit. After several attempts and variations on their configurations, all the teams were able to illuminate the bulb -- conducting electricity through the foil and into the filament. Very exciting! 5th grade science is fun!

A Bad Case of Stripes

Kindergarten students participated in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) workshop on Thursday, January 31st. They began by reading and viewing the online story A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon. Afterward they divided into groups and rotated through five different workshop centers, reinforcing classroom skills in Art, Science, Engineering, Math and Writing.  Each center included a challenge, including creating and coloring a new Camilla, writing a description of what happened to her, decorating the student-created “greenhouse”, completing a paper describing the plant life cycle, and creating and using a graph.

To view the online story visit: http://www.storylineonline.net/stripes/story.swf

STEM Family Fun Night

On Tuesday Jan. 29th students took part in a unique opportunity to experience educational – and highly entertaining – demonstrations of STEM subjects during our first annual STEM Family Fun Night. Over 100 students and their families packed the gym for hands-on science aimed at sparking their interest in the STEM subjects. Featured guest Eric Energy introduced the group to frozen carbon dioxide, the power of static electricity, and had parents and students on their feet experimenting with electronic voice alteration software. Mr. Scott Suko, St. Louis parent and world renowned domino toppler shared the Engineering and Math techniques behind the age-old sport while amazing us with a room-wide demonstration. Marbles the Brain Store challenged student’s thinking skills by introducing brain bending puzzles that called on student’s top-notch problem solving skills. St Louis administrator Michelle Kemp hosted a Rube Goldberg themed video session with Lego building activities for K-1st grade students in the Library.

Claymation!

How did the electric eel get his electricity? Why do camels have humps? These important questions will soon be answered by the 6th Grade at St. Louis!
 
6th grade has recently begun a project that truly reflects how art can be a starting point for incorporating STEM into the classroom. Our Claymation projects involve writing skills and technology as well as using our creative minds to design sets and characters. Each group of 6th graders will write a "Why Story," a type of folktale that explains how a certain trait or characteristic came to be. They will then use modeling clay and animation techniques to create a short stop-motion film.
 
Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead!

The Robots are Here!

Today, the St. Louis CyberSTEM teachers participated in a full day of training to learn how to design, build and program their robots as they gear up for the second half of the afterschool program.

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