STEM Blog

Learning about Clouds

Posted February 20, 2019

Today during second-grade science, Mrs. Anacker did a fun project with the students to help them remember and reinforce their learning about the four types of clouds. Which is your favorite: Cumulus, Nimbus, Stratus or Cirrus?

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Galactic Knights

Posted February 20, 2019

The fourth St. Louis School FIRST LEGO League (FLL) team will be competing tomorrow (Saturday) at the Prince Georges Community College state qualifier in Largo. The SLS community wishes the Galactic Knights, coached by Lou Faustini, Kelly Scott Davis, and Michael Piszczek the best. A huge thank you to the parent coaches and volunteers for their support of the team. Go Knights, we are very proud of you! 




Galaxy Voyagers

Posted February 20, 2019

Goals of the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) include helping students develop critical thinking and team-building skills. Today, the Galaxy Voyagers demonstrated these attributes during the qualifier event at DeMatha High School in Hyattsville. The team, comprised of students ranging from Fourth to Seventh Grade, excelled at what FLL calls “Gracious Professionalism.” The older students acted as mentors to the younger ones and inspired them to work together during their Project Presentation and Core Values competition. This team excelled in team spirit and even led the crowd in a line dance with the judges in the middle of the floor! St. Louis School is very proud of these students and grateful to their coaches, Beth Simon, Muditha Allen and Francisco Andolz for their leadership and support. Way to Go Knights!




Rubik's Cube Club

Posted February 20, 2019

Did you know there are more than 43 quintillion ways to scramble the Rubik’s Cube? Our Rubik’s Cube Club is up for the challenge!




Headed to the State Championship!

Posted February 20, 2019

Breaking News!

Both SLS First Lego League teams competing today have qualified to go on to the State Championship. The "Nebula Narwhals" and the "Space Nuggets" both earned a spot to move on to the next round of competition, to be held in March at UMBC.

Congratulations to the team members, coaches and parents for such an outstanding performance today!




Into Orbit

Posted February 20, 2019

Two of the four St. Louis School FIRST LEGO League (FLL) teams will be competing this Saturday at the Catonsville High School state qualifier. The SLS community wishes the Nebula Narwhals, coached by Anne Reed and Jenn Sleeman, and the Space Nuggets, coached by Michael Blackwood and Paul Connors, the best tomorrow. A huge thank you to the parent coaches and volunteers for their support of the teams. Go, Knights, we are very proud of you!

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3D Printing and Design

Posted February 20, 2019

The St. Louis School 3D Dremel printers have been busy bringing student designs to life. Our cross-curricular STEM program incorporates the four C's (creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, and communication) and is an integral part of classroom instruction.

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Building a Backyard Playground

Posted February 20, 2019

Ms. Frederick’s math class was tasked with building a backyard playground this week. They were given budget constraints, along with differing sale prices for materials and calls from the warehouse modifying their orders. The boss even called to move up their deadline! The students did a great job of collaborating under pressure to solve this real-world challenge! 

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Future Mars Rover Engineers

Posted January 11, 2019

St. Louis School kicked off our spring Cyber STEM After School session with a hands-on engineering exercise. Students were divided into teams and challenged to design a space lander using the engineering design process. The lander design had to keep two marshmallow "aliens" safe inside a cup as it was dropped from various heights. Prior to beginning the challenge, we reviewed the key science concepts of shock-absorption, drag forces, and stability and discussed NASA’s mission of landing a rover on Mars. Students used the four C’s (creativity, communication, collaboration, and critical thinking) to design and implement a variety of clever structures, as you can see in these photographs. Our future NASA engineers came up with some clever designs and had a lot of fun while doing so. We look forward to a successful and enlightening session! #BeaKnight #SLSSTEM

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Can you Design a Playground?

Posted January 11, 2019

Ms. Frederick’s math class was tasked with building a backyard playground this week. They were given budget constraints, along with differing sale prices for materials and calls from the warehouse modifying their orders. The boss even called to move up their deadline! The students did a great job of collaborating under pressure to solve this real-world challenge! #SLSstem #BeaKnight #financialliteracyArchdiocese of Baltimore Catholic Schools

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T minus 3, 2, 1...LEGO!

Posted January 6, 2019

The countdown to this year’s FIRST LEGO League (FLL) competition has begun.

St. Louis School is proud to have four teams competing in this year’s
INTO ORBIT challenge. The teams have been working hard and are now ready
to compete in their upcoming state qualifier this month. Please join us
in supporting the Galactic Knights, the Galaxy Voyagers, the Nebula
Narwhals and the Space Nuggets as they blast into space!

Take a look at this video of their progress: https://youtu.be/Bya8_Sp6D6E


Each year the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) releases a challenge based on a
real-world scientific topic. The challenge consists of three parts: the
Robot Game, the Project, and Core Values.  FLL teams compete by
programming an autonomous robot to complete missions and score points,
developing a solution to a problem they have identified and
demonstrating FIRST Core Values.

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The Gingerbread Man

Posted January 4, 2019

1st grade STEM Challenge!
After reading the holiday classic “The Gingerbread Man”, our 1st graders took on the challenge of building a bridge to help him escape the jaws of the fox. Given 10 straws, 10 Popsicle sticks and as much tape as needed, they worked with their partners to build a structure that would support the weight of a gingerbread man without collapsing. Even very young students can collaborate and use their critical thinking skills and creativity to come up with “real-world” solutions to pressing problems! Great job Mrs. Vicendese and Mrs. Coyle keeping those kiddos focused and engaged! #scienceisfun

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