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Maryland Mutual Support

Gracious Professionalism® & Coopertition® are foundational Core Values of the FIRST Robotics competition. The St. Louis School Einstein Narwhals and the Archbishop Spalding Cavineers, the two Archdiocese of Baltimore teams competing at the 2018 World Championship in Detroit, exemplified these traits well by learning, supporting and cheering for each other.

Although Detroit is 500 miles from Clarksville, we started the day by bringing members of the two teams via Face-time to the AOB Tech Conference hosted at St. Louis School. Team members answered a few questions about their experience.

St. Louis School would like to thank the coaches and team members of the Cavineers for their support, the tour of the competition pits, and sharing the custom game they designed and 3D-printed for us.

 

Meeting the World in Detroit!

The Einstein Narwhals global journey continues as they completed Day One of World Championship competition at the Cobo Center in Detroit. The team spent the day meeting, learning and collaborating with fellow students from around the world who share a passion for innovation and robotics. Teams from Spain, Germany, Japan, Austria, Cyprus, Lithuania, Denmark and Poland were just a few of the hundreds of visitors to the St. Louis hospitality tent, inquiring about the Hot Hose project and sharing details of their own project with us.

The team completed their Robot, Project and Core Values Judging portions today and ran their three robot mission practice sessions in preparation for tomorrow’s challenge. GO NARWHALS! #AOBCatholicSchools #RiseAbove

 

Making friends from around the world!

The Einstein Narwhals #26647 have arrived in Detroit for the FLL World Championships. Here they are making friends and exercising diplomacy with Macedonia, Switzerland, and Slovenia!

On the Road to Detroit!

And...they’re off! The Einstein Narwhals take to the road to compete at the FIRST Lego League World Championship in Detroit. God’s speed and safe travels!

Under the Sea

The Earth’s surface is two thirds water. We know more about the moon than we know about the bottom of our oceans. SLS students are learning about the ocean environment and working to solve practical problems faced by the marine workforce. The Aqua Knights team has built a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) and spent most of the winter getting ready for the Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Regional competition to be held at Villanova University the second week of May.

The MATE ROV competition is about student learning. It is designed to be an event that challenges students to apply the physics, math, electronics, and engineering skills they are learning in the classroom to solving problems from the marine workplace. Take a quick look at this video of their journey. Best of luck Aqua Knights!

First Grade Prospectors

Rocks are a fundamental building block of the Earth. Some of these rocks are valuable due to beauty, rarity or industrial use. As part of a lesson on Earth Science, Mrs. Coyle and Mrs. Vicendese First Graders spent the morning learning all about the three fundamental types of rocks (sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic). They spent some time prospecting for simulated gems. Tim the Gem Guy provided the students with an opportunity to sift through sand to find hidden gems he provided. After each discovery, the students identified the type of gem and were given the opportunity to take their treasures home.

Designing for Hurricanes

Students in Ms. Fries’ Fourth Grade class have been busy learning all about a topic that is near and dear to her heart. Since Hurricane Maria hit Ms. Fries’ island of Puerto Rico last September, her students have learned about the science behind the hurricanes, firsthand stories of survivors and have helped and supported recovery efforts. This week the students participated in an engineering challenge where they designed and built houses that could withstand “hurricane” force winds with very successful results. Our future architects and engineers are ready to build rugged residences of the future!

Pre-K in Space

Our Pre-K students just completed a unit on space - and boy, did they have fun! Our future astronauts-in-training learned about the solar system, constellations, UFO's, and created their own space suits and simulated a launch in their very own space ship!

Learning to See Hidden Figures

The use of a microscope is a fundamental skill in science and medicine. It allows the user to view hidden structures and details that can not be seen by the naked eye. Mrs. Riggin's Fifth Grade students continue to learn fundamental techniques of preparing a wet slide, using appropriate magnification, and learning to accurately describe what they see. The subkect of the daw was Elodea, a marine plant often found in freshwater aquariums. 

 

 

Exploration and Discovery!

Our Pre-K future innovators learn about the world around them through a variety of experiments and activities that encourage curiosity and exploration. 

 

 

The Road to Detroit!

The outpouring of support for the Einstein Narwhals has been tremendous, even extending to the Maryland Legislature. This morning the team traveled to Annapolis to receive recognition from the Maryland House and Senate. The Maryland House passed the following resolution: “Be it hereby known to all that The House of Delegates of Maryland offers its sincerest congratulations to Saint Louis School Einstein Narwhals in recognition of winning First Place for Robot Strategy and Innovation at the Maryland State Championship and advancement to FIRST World Championship. The entire membership extends best wishes on this memorable occasion and directs this resolution to be presented on this 3rd day of April, 2018.” We would like to thank Mrs. Margaret Teahan for arranging the visit and the Howard County delegates for their support and encouragement. To follow the Narwhal’s journey visit the team website at: https://sites.google.com/view/einstein-narwhals/home #AOBCatholicSchools #RiseAbove

Narwhal Website!

The St. Louis School FLL Robotics team the Einstein Narwhals have created a website to share their journey. Take a look by visiting the link below:

https://sites.google.com/view/einstein-narwhals/home

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