STEM Blog

Learning about Ecosystems

Posted October 29, 2022
Third graders are studying ecosystems in science class. Ecosystems have many living things and can be as small as your backyard or as large as the ocean.
The students enjoyed creating their own ecosystems and presenting them to the class!

 

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Field Trip to Mary's Land Farm

Posted October 27, 2022
We are so glad that field trips are back! Last week 2nd grade had a fun, hands-on field trip to Mary's Land Farm . Farmer Luis gave a tour of the farm and taught how animals and plants work together in a regenerative ecosystem.
The students also learned that God provided animals, and it is our job to raise them as humanly as possible. The also planted spinach plants and learned about compost.
Second grade had a wonderful trip!

 

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Paper Rollercoasters!

Posted October 22, 2022

Physics has many fun real-world applications, including how amusement park rollercoasters can scare you while still remaining safe. Ms. Duff's 8th grade Science class made paper roller coasters to model potential and kinetic energy. Students designed, tested, then re-designed and re-tested their coasters so that a marble could make it from beginning to end. Students used the principle of conservation of energy to explain the layout of their roller coasters, and identified the points on the track where their marble had maximum kinetic and potential energy. Who knew that engineering could be so much fun? #STEMatSLS

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Kindergarten Teamwork!

Posted October 13, 2022

The kindergartners in KC are preparing for STEM activities by practicing working together as a group. They are learning to let everyone contribute and listen to other's ideas. Great job, KC!




Fall Clubs are Back!

Posted October 4, 2022

Fall Clubs are back! Today marks the start of the Wednesday after-school club sessions. Art Club, Cyber STEM, Design and Build, and Drama Club met today and began working on various projects emphasizing creativity, collaboration, and self-improvement. Keep an eye out for progress as students work towards individual and group goals. Thank you to all the teachers leading these programs and providing the students with these enrichment opportunities.

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Collaborative Art Quilt

Posted September 29, 2022
Some of our art classes are much further along than others and needed to pause to let the others catch up!
Yesterday some of the Kindergarten and 1st grade classes started a collaborative art “quilt” inspired by the work of contemporary artist Libs Elliott. They began with squares and triangles, and were challenged to create unique designs with a variety of colors and sizes. When students were finished, they assembled each of their pieces into one giant artwork!
To see more of what's happening in the art room, follow @artatsls on Instagram!

 

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Index Card Tower Challenge!

Posted September 28, 2022
How tall of a tower could you build with just index cards, tape and a pair of scissors? How much weight could your tower hold?
Seventh-Grade students put their communication, creativity, collaboration and critical thinking skills to the test this week for the Index Card Tower STEM challenge. Mrs. Whiteford directed 7B students to work together in teams and follow the engineering design process to create the tallest possible free-standing index card tower that could hold a Beanie Baby. The students rose to the challenge, built terrific designs and had a lot of fun!

 

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Identifying Fossils

Posted September 21, 2022
6th grade had the opportunity to study fossils in science class this past week. The fossils were all found in the United States, and consisted of brachiopods, trilobites, plants carbonized in coal, gastropods, shark teeth, echinoids, and coral.
The students had a fun time examining all the fossils and identifying each item.

 

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EPSON Brightlink Technology

Posted September 20, 2022
St Louis School has started a classroom technology initiative to equip each of our teachers with an Epson Brightlink projector. The first of these state-of-the-art laser projectors was installed yesterday and will further enhance the educational experience with a number of interactive features. The technology associated with the projector directly engages students by allowing them to interact with dynamic educational content. We anticipate all of our classrooms will be equipped with Brightlink projectors by the second trimester.
This initiative was made possible by the support of all our donors to our Annual Fund and St. Louis Golf Tournament last year. We would like to thank everyone for their generosity and support to make this possible!

 

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Can you build the longest Paper Chain?

Posted September 18, 2022
Last week third grade had their first STEM activity.
They had to work as a group to build the longest paper chain using two pieces of paper and 12 inches of tape. It took collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and creativity to get the job done.
Everyone did a great job, and the longest chain was 91 inches long. Great job, third grade!

 

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Outdoor Education!

Posted September 6, 2022

Outdoor Ed students were busy today despite the rain, trying out survival skills, meeting some wild animals, practicing archery, and exploring the Black Rock campus. Visit the link below for more photos of the three day experience: https://sites.google.com/stlouisparish.org/outdoor-ed-2022/home

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First Grade Engineers

Posted June 15, 2022

What do First Graders and engineers have in common? Our students used the LEGO Education WeDo kits to explore the answer. This week, Mrs. Vicendese's First Graders created an animated narrative using Lego WeDo Robotics, they wrote their story, programmed their robots, created a backdrop, and added props to enhance their story. The class enjoyed sharing their stories and demonstrating their robot animation skills.

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