6th Annual STEM Family Fun Night!

Posted February 7, 2018

As a part of our Catholic Schools Week celebration, we hosted our 6th Annual Family STEM Night. Eric Energy did not disappoint and had the crowd excited and engaged. We did some fun activities In our classrooms making balloon powered cars and loop flyers while learning about aerodynamics and wind-power along the way. Our three FIRST Lego League teams kicked-off the night demonstrating their programming skills and did an awesome job! We congratulate them on their success in the FLL competition and wish them the best of luck as they move forward to the state competition. As always, we are grateful to our parent coaches and the students for their dedication and cannot wait to see what is next! Lastly a great by SLS "Thank You" to all the teachers and staff who stayed to help out – we couldn’t do it without you!

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Balloon powered car fun!

Posted February 7, 2018

Mrs. Riggin ready to facilitate one of our STEM activities tonight at the 6th Annual SLS STEM Family Fun Night!

STEM Family Night!

Posted February 7, 2018

Come learn from our award-winning FIRST LEGO League teams at 6:30 PM, be part of Eric Energy’s Science Spectacular at 7:00 PM, followed by series of age-appropriate hands-on STEM activities in our classrooms. Don’t miss the opportunity to win a 3D pen, a LEGO set or a hydraulic building kit.

Sludge Buddies visit local farm to prepare for FLL Maryland State competition

Posted February 7, 2018

SLS FIRST Lego League preparation for the Maryland State competition continues! On Monday, the Sludge Buddies visited a local farm to present their project and gather more ideas on water reclamation in agriculture. In exchange, they learned about new methods that farmers are using to sustain production while protecting the environment. Many thanks to Mr. Tom Cunningham and his team at Mary's Land Farm for an educational and enjoyable visit!

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STEM Family Night!

Posted January 30, 2018

As part of our Catholic Schools Week celebration, all parents and students are invited to attend the sixth annual St. Louis School STEM Family Fun night. Come visit us in the cafeteria on Thursday, February 1 from 7:00-8:30pm. The event is open to all school families and will consist of a one-hour show featuring Eric Energy followed by an age appropriate STEM activity in the classroom. We encourage all families to attend and look forward to seeing you there! As a bonus for early birds, the doors will open at 6:30pm, when you will be able to see a robotics demonstration from our First Lego League (FLL) Robotics teams.


The Sludge Buddies are headed to the State Championship!

Posted January 14, 2018

Congratulations to the SLS FLL team the “Sludge Buddies” who won Third Place Champion Award and qualified to compete at the Maryland State Championship! A huge thank you to the parent coaches Luke Frank, Astrid Connors and Mike Blackwood. Way to Go Knights!

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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


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:


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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