STEM Blog

The Future is Now!

Scientists at companies across the world are working diligently to make real-life robots an actual thing. St. Louis School CyberSTEM Club members began building LEGO Mindstorms and EV3 robots this week and will begin the planning process for programming and animating their actions. We look forward to seeing what our creative and capable engineers produce!

Cyber STEM After School Fun!

St. Louis CyberSTEM students kicked off the spring session today with an afternoon filled with collaboration, exploration and inquiry. We programmed Spheros, built a virtual community with LEGO Fusion kits and played with interactive Osmos. Who knew tangrams could be so much fun when using an interactive device?

The students are looking forward to learning more about programming robots and making things move in the real world. CyberSTEM students gain a hands-on understanding of the tools of tomorrow, with a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

Talking Trash

Each year First LEGO League (FLL) releases a Challenge based on a real-world scientific topic. This years' challenge is "Trash Trek," an exploration and examination of the collection, sorting, smart production and reuse of trash. More than 233,000 children ages 9 to 16 across the globe are participating in this challenge.

St. Louis School is proud of the members of the Resourceful Repurposing Revolutionaries on their participation at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory qualifier on Saturday, January 9th. A huge thank you goes out to the coaches, Mr. Harold West and Mrs. Amy Campbell, for sharing their time and talent with our students, and to all the team parents for their dedication that made this experience possible. Way to go Triple R!

Next Saturday we look forward to cheering on the Lighting Builders at the Catonsville High School Qualifier. More details on this event to follow.

 

We all scream for Ice Cream!

Mrs. Yuska's 8th grade Science class is currently studying chemical and physical changes to matter. Today they experimented with endothermic and exothermic physical changes. The students combined milk, sugar, and vanilla in a container. They then placed the container in a bag containing a combination of ice and salt. The endothermic reaction of the ice and salt caused the exothermic reaction - freezing - of the milk mixture. We were able to reach temperatures as low as -10 degrees C! Not only did the students learn about real life physical changes but they also enjoyed a tasty treat!

The Hour of Code is Here!

For the past few years, students at St. Louis School have had the opportunity to learn problem-solving skills and logical thinking by sharpening their coding skills in the classroom. As part of our standard curriculum, students are exposed to a variety of coding platforms and have the opportunity to experience the underlying mechanisms of how software technology works. This past week we celebrated with students from across the world by once again participating in “Hour of Code,” sponsored by code.org. To learn more about this event and the power of learning to code, visit: http://csedweek.org/

Decoding STEM

Today our Cyber STEM group participated in a field trip to the National Cryptologic Museum, where we learned about the history of code making and code breaking. A particular highlight was learning about how the Allies broke the Enigma code in World War Two. The students participated in a scavenger hunt that lead them through the evolution of cryptology, including chalk symbols during the Depression, the use of Navajo soldiers in the military, simple ciphers, breaking Japanese codes, the role of encryption in WWII and an introduction to modern cryptology.
You and your child may wish to visit the National Security Agency’s Crypto Kids web site at:https://www.nsa.gov/kids/

Third Grade Physics

Using books, a toy car, a cardboard ramp and a tennis ball, third grade students explored the concepts of force and motion, measuring the distances traveled when different forces were applied. (Some students were more forceful than others!) We learned so much through this fun experiment and can’t wait to try something new!

Wind, Fire and Science!

On Wednesday, our Eighth Grade boys used fire, tape and a lot of ingenuity to solve a series of team challenges at during Science Day at Mount Saint Joseph High School. In a Chemistry Lab, the boys used a Bunsen burner to cook a number of metallic salts and identify each sample by the resulting flame color. In a Physics Lab, two teams successfully constructed a bridge capable of holding 100 glass marbles using just six manila folders and one meter of duct tape. The final challenge in an Environmental Science Lab involved the design of a wind-driven turbine that could generate electricity. One of our teams designed the most efficient turbine of the day!

3D Printing at St. Louis School

Say Hello to SLS Cube our first 3-D printer provided by a grant from the Archdiocese of Baltimore!

Forces in Motion!

Physics has many fun real-world applications, including how amusement park rollercoasters can scare you while still remaining safe. Today our Eighth Grade girls had the opportunity to build rollercoasters in miniature and test them with our Second Grade 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?

Massive Motion!

Today some of our 8th grade students completed a Discovery Education Lab called Massive Motion. We challenged them to design and carry out an experiment to determine if mass affects the average rate of fall of an object due to gravity. Using wiffle balls, tennis balls and balls made of clay, the students dropped them from various heights comparing their rate of fall. Power Point and Google Slide projects are next so that each group can communicate their findings! Best of all -- We had a TON of fun!!!

LEGOS for all ages!

We are now in our sixth week of school and settled into our routines. Eighth graders have discovered a new way to express their three-dimensional creativity and engineering skills during homeroom using the classroom’s LEGO board. We look forward to seeing their fantastic results over the course of the year!

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