STEM Blog

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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Reindeer STEM Challenge

Posted January 31, 2020

Reindeer are a critical component of the Santa Claus gift delivery system. Mrs. Yuska’s Eighth Grade students participated in a Reindeer Relay STEM Challenge to design and build a set of antlers to hold Christmas decorations. Given a limited set of materials, each student team constructed a set of antlers, affixed the decorations and then ran a relay race around the room, passing the antlers from runner to runner without dropping ornaments. The students collaborated to design and build their antlers and had a lot of fun! Watch our video to join in the fun. #STEMatSLS

 

View video of the project below:

 

https://animoto.com/play/sTWA9YRVhB2bqn6PUrXjIQ




Trapped in a Snow Globe!

Posted January 31, 2020

h Grade has started working on the green screen portion of their "Trapped in a snow globe" project. Check back to see the finished product.

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Hour of Code!

Posted January 31, 2020

As part of our continued commitment to STEM education, St. Louis School is proud to be participating in the global Hour of Code event again this year. The Hour of Code is celebrated during Computer Science Education Week (December 3 through 9) and takes place in more than 180 countries across 200,000 events. The Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer operations, designed to demystify "code” and to show that anyone can learn the basics. Since then it has grown into a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science. This past week students in Mrs. Phelps’ and Mrs. Whiteford’s Computer Classes (Grades K through 8) participated in age-appropriate coding activities.

The students are encouraged to continue exploring the activities offered on the Hour of Code website (www.hourofcode.com) beyond what we are doing in the classroom. Thank you to Code.org for this remarkable opportunity! #SLSSTEM

 

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Forces in Motion!

Posted January 31, 2020

Physics has many fun real-world applications, including how amusement park rollercoasters can scare you while still remaining safe. Yesterday, a group of Eighth Grade students had the opportunity to build rollercoasters in miniature and test them with our younger audience. They 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? #STEMatSLS Learn more by visiting: paperrollercoasters.com

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Cyber STEM Fall Program

Posted January 31, 2020

The fall session of our CyberSTEM After School program came to an end Wednesday, November 20th. Students received their certificates and folders with all materials related to their coding projects used during the session. The fall session focused on using the Python programming language to create drawings and simple programs. In addition, the students participated in brain riddles, challenges, puzzles, and a digital "Breakout" game. For those of you who might want to try your hand at home, you can download Python for free at https://www.python.org/.

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Mathletes Bring Home the Hardware!

Posted January 3, 2020

We are thrilled to share some great news! Yesterday our 8th-grade math team placed first over teams from ten other schools across the Archdioceses of Washington and Baltimore in the annual Our Lady of Good Counsel High School Mathematics Competition. We are so proud of these hardworking students and congratulate all of our team members! A special thanks and congratulations to Ms. Dottie Peterson for doing such a great job preparing our students and leading the way. Go Knights! #BeaKnight#YeartoLead #AOBCatholicSchools




Forces in Motion

Posted December 5, 2019

Physics has many fun real-world applications, including how amusement park rollercoasters can scare you while still remaining safe. Yesterday, a group of Eighth Grade students had the opportunity to build rollercoasters in miniature and test them with our younger audience. They 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? #STEMatSLS Learn more by visiting: paperrollercoasters.com

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Fall CyberSTEM

Posted November 26, 2019

The fall session of our CyberSTEM After School program came to an end Wednesday, November 20th. Students received their certificates and folders with all materials related to their coding projects used during the session. The fall session focused on using the Python programming language to create drawings and simple programs. In addition, the students participated in brain riddles, challenges, puzzles, and a digital "Breakout" game. For those of you who might want to try your hand at home, you can download Python for free at https://www.python.org/.

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Protecting our Environment

Posted November 19, 2019

This year we have an awesome group of socially conscious students who promote the protection and preservation of our environment through participation in our Environmental Club. They've been meeting after school and during lunch for the past couple of weeks to research, organize their ideas, and practice their presentation skills to spread the good word. Today our "Green Team" visited each Prek class to give a presentation and play a game about the 3 Rs - Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. The Pre-K students loved it and they got the message loud and clear. Great job all around!

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Careers in STEM #Military

Posted November 12, 2019

Veterans Day is a federal and state holiday in the United States that honors all those who have served in the United States military. Yesterday we had the privilege to host Brigadier General Janeen L. Birckhead, Adjutant General of the Maryland Army National Guard as well as many guardsmen and women who spent the day with our lucky students to give them some insight into life served in the military.

Students in Grades 3 - 8 were treated to presentations by Brigadier General Birckhead, CSM James Nugent, Command Sergeant Major of the Maryland Army National Guard, CW5 Daniel Chapman, Command Chief Warrant Officer of the Maryland Army National Guard and SSG Cassandra Black, Maryland Army National Guard NCO of the Year. General Birckhead shared her philosophy of “D to the power of 3” where she emphasized the importance of discipline, dedication and diversity.

Students were given the opportunity to climb aboard a Maryland Army National Guard UH - 72 Lakota helicopter which visited the school grounds in the morning. The friendly and helpful aircraft crew were able to get all 520+ students through the helicopter and answer numerous questions about the helicopter works, the science behind flight and what it was used for.

The day concluded with a powerful prayer service honoring all veterans organized and led by Mrs. Nugent and her Seventh Grade Religion class. We were thrilled to honor our special guest, 99-year old Retired Colonel Louis J. Schott, father of our very own Mrs. Tyler, one of our beloved pre-kindergarten teachers, and grandfather to her daughter, Ms. Tyler, our receptionist.

Colonel Schott was ordered to active duty in December, 1942 and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in 1943. He was then ordered to the Pacific where he served with the 1st Battalion, 5th Marines as a platoon leader and Company Commander. He participated in the New Britain, Pelilieu and Okinawa campaigns and the occupation of North China. In 1946, he joined the Active Reserve, and in 1966 he transferred to the Retired Reserve.

His awards include the Bronze Star with Combat V, Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Two Presidential Unit Citations, Navy Unit Citation, Asiatic-Pacific Ribbon with four Battle Stars, China Service Medal, Navy Occupation Ribbon, Organized Marine Corps Reserve Medal, American Campaign Medal, WWII Victory Medal, and the Armed Forces Medal.

In addition to his military career, Colonel Schott is an active volunteer with the Toys for Tots Campaign and also volunteers in multiple capacities in Howard County to serve needy families. As a token of our gratitude for his service to our country, the students chose to donate money collected on one of our Out of Uniform days to Toys for Tots, and presented him with the check to the organization and so that they many continue doing good work for children in need.

We are grateful to Mrs. Nugent for her leadership and service and to her husband Command Sergeant Major James Nugent for coordinating the events of the day. We are grateful to all of our guests for spending such valuable time with our students to help enlighten us all on what it means to truly serve. We pray, as the students did:

“Bless these men and women of courage and valor, heal their wounds, comfort their hearts, and grant them lives of joy. May their dedication and honor be remembered as a blessing for generations to come.”

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