STEM Blog

STEM Family Fun Night!

Posted February 9, 2020

Don’t miss our 8th Annual STEM Family Fun Night on Thursday, January 30th.

Join us at 6:30 PM in the Cafeteria and learn more about the successful St. Louis School robotics and rocketry program. Meet the team members and learn about this year’s competitive challenges.

Rocket Reba from Eric Energy’s team will entertain us with her Science Spectacular Show at 7:00, followed by a series of age-appropriate hands-on STEM activities in our classrooms for ages Pre K through 8.

There will be raffles and the first 100 attendees will receive a small give-away. Fun for all ages!

 




Robots Empower Online Shopping

Posted February 9, 2020

Amazon is the world’s largest online retailer and on Wednesday SLS Cyber STEM students had the opportunity to see the Amazon robots in action. The Baltimore fulfillment facility BWI2 in Dundalk covers the equivalent of 28 football fields and employs 4,000+ people. Students learned about “the magic” behind the process and how the packages arrive to us so quickly. We saw the Keva robots in action and even met a robot that stops at crosswalks! We would like to thank the Amazon facility for hosting us and giving us a better understanding of how robotics can improve our daily lives.




Sewer Rats!

Posted February 9, 2020

The Sewer Rats team is the third St. Louis School FIRST LEGO League (FLL) team to compete in a qualifier this season. Join us in wishing them well and consider coming out to cheer them on Saturday at Dematha High School. A special thanks to our coaches, Mrs. Anne Reed and Mrs. Jenn Sleeman for providing our students with this rewarding opportunity. Go, Knights! #STEMatSLS




STEM Certification Celebration

Posted February 9, 2020

We were thrilled to have Howard County Executive Calvin Ball, Dr. Donna Hargens, Superintendent of Catholic Schools and Jim Sellinger, Chancellor of Education join us this morning to celebrate our recent STEM certification. We are grateful for their kind words, congratulations, support, and leadership! #CatholicSchools #RiseAbove

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WGTS 91.9

Posted February 9, 2020

For most of us, radio is a regular part of daily life. Have you ever stopped to consider what it takes to produce a show? Today, St. Louis School 8th Grade students got a virtual tour of local radio station WGTS 91.9 FM and learned exactly what it takes. Producer Spencer White and morning talk show hosts Jerry Woods and Blanca Vega welcomed us into their new production room and answered student questions, covering everything from show preparation, music selection, and the technology and algorithms behind it. WGTS is a Christian Radio station that inspires listeners with words of kindness, hope, and prayer. The morning show focuses on “starting your day with a smile, some inspiration and a good dose of audio coffee.” We would like to express our thanks to the team at WGTS and to Ms. Sandy Osborne, our Music teacher, who arranged this meeting and prepared the students with background information and questions for the hosts. Perhaps we have some future radio engineers, producers and on-air talent in the SLS Class of 2020. To learn more about WGTS visit: http://wgts.org/

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We Speak for the Trees bring home trophy!

Posted February 9, 2020

Congratulations to the members of the We Speak for the Trees FLL team for winning Second Place for Robot Design at today’s Catonsville High School qualifier. The St. Louis community is very proud of you. Way to Go Knights!

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Taking Chances with Probability

Posted February 9, 2020

Over the course of a game of Monopoly, how likely is it that you would end up in jail? As part of our ongoing STEM Speaker Series today SLS Fifth Grade students had the opportunity to learn how to compute the answer to that and similar questions from Mr. Mike Blasi, retired National Security Agency employee. Mr. Blasi is a member of the NSA Speakers Bureau, serves as a guide at the National Cryptologic Museum in Fort Meade. Mr. Blasi was assisted by his daughter, Laura former SLS student. SLS students learned about real-world applications of probability and random processes. They learned how to form a hypothesis and test it using the scientific method. To make these concepts more relatable, Mr. Blasi discussed how dice and coin flips can affect outcomes in games like Monopoly, Risk, and Yahtzee. We want to thank Mr. Blasi for taking time out of his day and coming to SLS to provide a better understanding of probability, statistics and why they will almost assuredly not win the lottery. Stay tuned as we continue our STEM Speaker Series in the coming weeks. #STEMatSLS

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We Speak for the Trees

Posted February 9, 2020

St. Louis School is proud to sponsor four FIRST LEGO League (FLL) teams this year. The"We Speak for the Trees" team is the second 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 at Catonsville High School. A special thanks to our coaches, Mr. and Mrs. Mike Blackwood and Mr. and Mrs. Paul Connors for providing our students with this rewarding opportunity. Go, Knights! #STEMatSLS #BEaKnight #Archbaltschools




Code and Go Mouse

Posted February 9, 2020

Second Grade continued their coding lessons by completing a STEM challenge using the Code and Go mouse in Mrs. Phelps' Computer Class. First, they built a predefined maze for the mouse to travel. Then the students worked together to code the mouse to reach the cheese. The students did an excellent job communicating and collaborating to complete this STEM challenge. #STEMatSLS

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Gingerbread Man

Posted February 9, 2020

As part of our continuing commitment to STEM education in every classroom, SLS First Graders had a chance to develop their skills in Mrs. Ellerbrock's Library Class.

After reading a story about a Gingerbread Man, students were asked to theorize answers to questions like, "What do you think would happen to the Gingerbread Man if he went into the river - would he sink or float? Why? What do you know about what makes something sink or float?"

Students then checked their answers by testing a variety of items, including foil paper, a balloon, a shell, a paintbrush, and a cork.

A subsequent discussion highlighted that experimentation is a key component of real-world learning, that collaboration, and critical thinking are necessary and that hands-on STEM can be fun! #STEMatSLS

 

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STEM EXPO!

Posted February 9, 2020



Skyscraper Knights bring home a trophy!

Posted February 9, 2020

The SLS FLL Robotics season is off to a great start! Our first team to compete, the Skyscraper Knights, won a Second Place trophy for their robot design at the Rockville Science Center Qualifier today. The team also scored Third Place overall in their robot game with a total of 320 points. The SLS community is very proud of all of you and your outstanding accomplishments. Way to Go, Knights!

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