STEM Blog

Changes in Motion

Mrs. Yuska’s 8th Grade students are currently learning about Force and Motion. In this activity, the students worked in groups to design investigations that demonstrated at least two methods for changing the speed only, the direction only, and both direction and speed of a moving object using their background knowledge of speed, velocity, and acceleration. They were provided with a golf ball and a table full of various materials such as toy car race tracks, tape, sand, rulers, aluminum foil, and pie tins, just to name a few. The enthusiasm, excitement, and creativity the students showed resulted in some ingenious designs! Check out our video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_TVd-VoPKIs

Rollercoaster STEM Fun

Physics has many fun real-world applications, including how amusement park rollercoasters can scare you while still remaining safe. The Eighth Grade girls had the opportunity to build rollercoasters in miniature and test them with our Second Grade audience. They began the afternoon by exploring Discovery Education resources then employed STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) knowledge and tools to create functional rollercoasters made of cardstock, tape and marbles. Who knew that engineering could be so much fun?

4th Howard County STEM Festival

A virtual mad scientist’s laboratory, 3D design and printing and color sensing robots were among a few of the things our students showcased at the St. Louis School booth as part of the 4th Annual Howard County STEM Festival. A huge thank you to our teachers, volunteer parents and students who helped make this event a success.

4th Howard County STEM Festival

Join St. Louis School at the 4th Howard County STEM Festival tomorrow, Sunday, June 5th from 1:00 to 5:00 at Howard Community College. St. Louis will be exhibiting in Room CL162. The event is free and fun for all ages!

Applied Physics Laboratory, BioEYES, Institute of Electrical and
Electronics Engineers, MITRE, Corporation, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Nature’s ChemisTreat, STEMaction, WBAL television station, & Women in Engineering are just a few of the over 80 presenters for this event.

Knights Excelling in Science

Last night we held our Knights Excelling in Science Showcase and it was awesome! Our 4-8th grade students volunteered to present various projects and demonstrations on everything from Careers in Earth Science to answering the age-old question of whether boys or girls have faster reflexes. We were proud to demonstrate our Board Builder and 3-D printing skills, along with exploring states of matter and what color Gobstoppers has a greater density. (Did we tell you how FUN our teachers are?)
Congratulations to our many student presenters for their hard work. You made us proud and we hope you had as much fun as it looks like you did from these pictures! A great BIG SLS thank you to our awesome Science team of Ms. Burr, Mrs. Manion, Mrs. Riggin and our fearless leader, Mrs. Yuska, for sharing their time, talent and passion for Science with our students!
Thank you to the Archdiocese of Baltimore, Discovery Education and STEAMtrax for supporting our Science initiatives!

 

Celebrating the Earth

This week Pre-K learned all about the 3 R's...Reduce, Reuse and Recycle to protect Mother Earth. All three classes worked together at many centers exploring things found in nature, making items with recycled good and bowling with milk containers that were saved from lunch. They had a blast setting up and getting through their recycled obstacle course, too!

Stay tuned for next week when we will do different Science experiments every day!

Eggceptional!

Our Kindergarten students did a little experimenting with gravity this afternoon, taking on the challenge of knocking an egg off of a pedestal and plate so that it would land in a glass of water. The students predicted the results, charting their answers for comparison. Then everyone watched as our two scientists took a “crack” at it! While not successful on the first try, the kids had a great time figuring out how to “tweak” the approach until the egg fell. Very fun!

USA Science and Engineering Festival 2016

A virtual mad scientist’s laboratory, 3D design and printing, color sensing robots and LEGO robotics were among a few of the things our students showcased at the St. Louis School booth as part of the 4th USA Science and Engineering Festival. The Festival, held at the Convention Center in Washington, D.C. on April 16th and 17th, included more than 3,000 of the world’s leading professional scientific and engineering societies, universities, government agencies and high technology corporations. As the only participating school from the Archdiocese of Baltimore, we were proud of our student’s work at the festival and grateful for the overwhelmingly positive response received from attendees. A huge thank you to all the faculty, parent and student volunteers who helped make this event a great success. Our count down for the 5th festival has officially begun!

 

View "Green Screen" photos from Day 1

View "Green Screen" photos from Day 2

The Future is Now!

In our continued effort to prepare our 21st Century learners for their future in Middle School, High School and beyond, students have been introduced to an online 3D CAD (Computer Aided Design) tool called Tinkercad. This web-based software application will be the primary tool we use in conjunction with our STEAMtrax (Grade 3 through 8) curriculum and cross-curricular 3D printing initiative.
The introduction of the online STEAMtrax curriculum is an Archdiocesan-wide initiative to prepare students for a future in STEM fields. The cross-curricular lessons integrate hands-on activities and state of the art 3D printing as an introduction to computer-aided design and manufacturing.
St. Louis students are busy learning about kinesthetic wave models, wind turbines, forces in motion and much more. They are also enjoying seeing the printed results of their designs. The future is now!
To learn more about STEAMtrax visit www.steamtrax.com

Cyber STEM Spring Session Fun!

Dancing with the Robots…and other activities! Our Spring Cyber STEM session came to a successful conclusion today. Check out the celebration video below:

https://youtu.be/cLHls2HCFSI

2016 STEM Family FUN Night!

Vortex fog rings, LEGO robots, bubbling potions, balloon cars, rubber band helicopters, all part of the SLS STEM Family Fun Night. This video hopes to capture some of the excitement and joy experienced by the participants. Enjoy!



STEM Family FUN NIght!

Please join us for the 4th Annual STEM Family Fun Night this Tuesday, February 2nd

from 7:00 P.M. to 8:30 P.M. in the Cafeteria. The event is open to all school families and is free of charge.

Come out and see a fantastic, one-hour Science Spectacular by Eric Energy, a robotics demonstration by our own First Lego League (FLL) Robotics teams and some fun and engaging STEM activities in the classrooms!

The doors will open at 6:30 P.M. for the robotics demonstrations, followed by Eric Energy and some hands-on fun.  Come out and try your hand at making an Art Bot or a Balloon Car or rubber band powered helicopter. There will be something fun for all ages! We look forward to seeing you there.

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