STEM Blog

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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Careers in STEM #Firstresponders

Posted November 8, 2019

Thank you to the Clarksville Volunteer Fire Department for coming out to school and visiting with our students. We appreciate all that you do to serve our community and we are grateful! #FirstResponders

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Value of a Musical Note

Posted November 6, 2019

What is the value of a musical note?

Mrs. Sutton’s class is continuing with their Musical Pizza lesson in Mrs. O's music class. Comparing the whole pizza with the whole note and then slicing the pieces into halves, quarters and eighths, helps children identify the value of a note. The math lesson will be helpful when they are learning fractions. So fun!

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Milo the Mars Rover

Posted November 5, 2019

What do scientists and engineers do when they cannot go where they want to explore? Today our 5th-grade students came up with an answer!

Using our brand new Lego WeDo 2.0 kits LEGO Education, students viewed videos of various robots designed to access places not safe for humans, including the video of the fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral and the French-designed firefighting robot "Colossus". The students were challenged to build and program a rover that could detect 'plant life" then worked together collaboratively to design code with another rover to move the plant. After a few tries and some tweaking - the robots were all moving in the right direction and following instructions! Great job!

 

 

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St. Louis is a STEM Certified School!

Posted October 31, 2019

We are thrilled to share the wonderful news that St. Louis School is now recognized as a STEM certified school!

This designation has been issued by Cognia (formerly known as AdvancED) which accredits primary and secondary schools throughout the United States and internationally and is the accrediting body for Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Baltimore

Thank you to our teachers, parents, and students who embrace STEM learning and who bring creativity, communication, critical thinking, and collaboration to life at SLS. We are so proud!

Our heartfelt gratitude to our STEM committee chairperson, Mrs. Whiteford, and to our STEM committee members, Mrs. Anacker, Mrs. Cabrera, Ms. d'Epagnier, Ms. Hoeck, Mrs. Phelps, Mrs. Riggin, and Mrs. Yuska, whose enthusiasm, creativity, unwavering commitment to our school, and countless hours have inspired us all to stretch our thinking and apply our learning innovatively.

 




STEAM in Action!

Posted October 27, 2019

SLS students engage in hands-on learning projects across several subject areas. In Art Class, for example, students are working to produce a short stop-motion movie. One of the challenges in making this type of movie is keeping the iPad camera location stable and consistent during filming. To address this challenge, students are using the engineering design process to design a custom iPad stand for their stop-motion project. Each student built a prototype with LEGOs, then used a software application called TinkerCAD to sketch out their design. Potential solutions were 3D-printed, tested, modified and 3D-printed again until a successful stand was produced. Take a look at the stands in action as the students work on their stop motion project!

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STEM Trick or Treat!

Posted October 24, 2019

Maryland STEM Festival STEM Trick or Treat hosted by Howard Community College. Science and math get spooky at the STEM Trick or Treat! Events for people of all ages in the haunted engineering lab, glowing cave, gruesome greenhouse and skull hall, Experience some hair raising physics and creepy chemistry, solve “spooktackular” math problems and more.

Date of Event: 10/25/2019
Event Times: 6 pm - 9 pm
Location: SET (Science, Engineering and Technology) Building




Harnessing the Wind!

Posted October 24, 2019

Last week, while SLS Eighth Grade boys attended a Science afternoon at Mount Saint Joseph High School, the Eighth Grade girls spent that afternoon participating in a STEM Challenge.

The girls were divided up into teams and challenged to investigate alternative power sources and come up with designs to harness the power of the wind.

The students learned about wind energy and the history of windmills, then applied the engineering design process to build, test and improve their windmill designs using provided materials. Each team ultimately
built a successful design and everyone had a lot of fun cheering each other on to try to exceed each other’s performance.

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Technology in the Classroom

Posted October 24, 2019

First Graders practice their phonics using the iPads!

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Kindergarten Centers

Posted October 24, 2019

There is nothing quite like it when Mom or Dad comes to visit during the school day. Our Kindergarten students are the lucky recipients of these visits when we host Kindergarten Centers and our parent volunteers come in and teach a portion of the curriculum. Sometimes they read a story, sometimes help do science projects or STEM lessons, and sometimes help out with a special Art project. Whatever they do, they do so enthusiastically and with a smile and a hug for our students. We are so grateful for this extra-special time and attention!

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