STEM Blog

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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Skyscraper Knights!

Posted February 9, 2020

“Throughout history, great civilizations have risen, then fallen. Now it’s our turn to rise—building and bolstering our own planetary metropolis. This 2019-2020 season, FIRST RISE, powered by Star Wars: Force for Change, is setting out to inspire citizens of the galaxy to work together, strengthening and protecting the Force that binds us and creating a place where collaboration and collective wisdom can elevate new ideas and foster growth.”

St. Louis School is proud to sponsor four FIRST LEGO League (FLL) teams this year. The Skyscraper 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 at the Rockville Science Center. A special thanks to our coaches, Mr. Lou Faustini and Mr. Michael Piszczek for providing our students with this rewarding opportunity. Go Knights! #STEMatSLS #BEaKnight #Archbaltschools




Build your own Computer!

Posted January 31, 2020

As part of St. Louis School’s continuing commitment to STEM education, we are pleased to announce that we have been awarded a grant under the AFCEA Central Maryland Chapter STEM Kickstarter program. AFCEA International, established in 1946, is a “non-profit membership association serving the military, government, industry, and academia as a forum for advancing professional knowledge and relationships in the fields of communications, information technology, intelligence, and security.”

The AFCEA Central Maryland Kickstarter program awards for initiatives in STEM-related disciplines. SLS received a grant for $4,700 and will be using the funds to purchase a class set of KANO Touchscreen kits Kano Computing based on the Raspberry Pi computer to be used in Grades 2 through 8.

On Friday, Mr. David Fries, VP of Technology for the Board of Directors, presented Principal Terry Weiss and STEM Coordinator Zulma Whiteford with the check. We would also like to thank Kyle Cragg, a school parent who is our AFCEA Central Maryland (CMD) liaison. #STEMatSLS

 

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