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DEN Ambassadors

While our students have a day off from school, our dedicated teachers spent the day collaborating and learning as part of the DEN Ambassador Program.  They explored the SOS Strategies and the flipped classroom then broke into groups to put them to the test.  It was an awesome day and we look forward to the next DEN Ambassador training!

 

 

3rd Howard County STEM Festival

Thank you for visiting our booth at the Howard County STEM Festival. We hope you enjoyed our display and activities and that you will stop back to visit our blog often. Click on the St. Louis logo on the upper left hand corner of the page to learn more about our school.

 

 

The instructions to build our "give aways" are below:

What's in the Bag?

This project is designed to embrace the Maker movement and inspire creativity. Students are asked to create a character with the items included in the bag. They are then encouraged to write a short story with their creation as the main character. The stories are read and recorded using the PixNTell.edu App and a picture of their creation.

 

 

Catapult Instructions

1.Stack 7 popsicle sticks together and wrap a rubber band around each end
2.Stack 2 popsicle sticks together and wrap a rubber band around one end
3.Slide the bundle of 7 sticks between the 2 sticks
4.Place a rubber band in an ‘X’ shape around the middle of the 2 sticks
5.Attach a spoon to the top popsicle stick with another rubber band
6.Test and have fun!
 
 
 
Additional Coding Resources
Interested in some coding resources? Below is a list of some of the sites and Apps used at St. Louis School. 
 
Code Websites
Alice http://www.alice.org/index.php
Blockly https://developers.google.com/blockly/
Code Academy http://www.codecademy.com/
Code Monkey https://www.playcodemonkey.com/
Hour of Code https://code.org/
Kodu  http://www.kodugamelab.com/about
Scratch Scratch.mit.edu
 
Code Apps
Scratch Jr.
Hopscotch
Kodable
Daizy the Dinosaur
Move the Turtle
Run Marco
Cargo-Bot

 

Reach for the Sky!

What are the engineering concepts behind the tallest building in the world? How was the Burj Khalifa skyscraper in Dubai designed to achieve its height and current status as the world’s tallest building? Seventh Grade students at St. Louis School had the opportunity to investigate these concepts under the guidance of Mt. St. Joseph High School (MSJ) students and Mrs. Beth Czyryka, a SLS parent and MSJ Chemistry teacher. The students were challenged to plan and design a structure that would simultaneously be as tall as possible, stand freely and hold a tennis ball for 30 seconds. The students were organized into teams, and each team received five manila folders and a meter of duct tape to complete the challenge. At the conclusion of the challenge it was clear that the successful structures resembled the designs of tall buildings in the real world. We want to thank Mt. St. Joseph High School and Mrs. Czyryka in particular for her continued support of the SLS Science and STEM program.

Jr. FLL Think Tank Challenge!

St. Louis School is proud to have been part of the Jr. First LEGO League (FLL) 2014 THINK TANK Challenge, together with over 26,000 children ages 6 to 9 from 14 countries. Our team of third and first graders showcased their project and hard work at the Miller Branch Library EXPO on May 3rd and participated in a variety of STEM-related activities throughout the afternoon. We congratulate the team members on their success and thank the parent volunteers for making it possible. Way to go KNIGHTS!

Stay Curious and Pursue your Passions

Members of the St. Louis School’s First LEGO League (FLL) had the opportunity to participate in the USA Science and Engineering Festival X-STEM Symposium at the Washington Convention Center last week. Inspirational talks by scientists, physicians and inventors gave our students insight into how pursing your passion can help lead you to the future you desire. Team members also had a special opportunity to hear Dean Kamen, the inventor of the Segway and founder of FIRST (…as in First Lego League!) The final presentation of the day was from a 19-year-old inventor, Easton LaChappelle, who shared how he created a prosthetic arm using his home computer and a 3D printer. The recurring message throughout the day was to stay curious and pursue your passions!

Discovery Education's Spring VirtCon

This weekend, Discovery Education hosted Spring VirtCon 2015, a live-streaming event of presentations by innovative educators who shared classroom strategies around the creation of authentic work, methods of collaboration, and the benefits of reflecting upon and celebrating that work. So happy and proud to give a shout-out to one of our exceptional teachers, Mrs. Zulma Whiteford, who was a presenter on the topic of “Building Community Through Creativity”. Mrs. Whiteford spoke on infusing creativity in the classroom in order to create environments that transcend geographic limitations and provide spaces for students to create, make mistakes, collaborate and solve problems. We are grateful for her enthusiastic participation and leadership! To see her presentation, forward to 4:23:13 http://www.discoveryeducation.com/springvirtcon2015/index.cfm

Do You Google?

Today we had the distinct pleasure to welcome Google software engineer Kitt Vanderwater to speak to our middle-school students through the USA Science & Engineering Festival Nifty Fifty Program. This impressive young woman spoke about the wonderful opportunities she has had as a software engineer and her road to success. She inspired our students to believe that they can do it too!

Ms. Vanderwater credits her success to her supportive family and a childhood teacher who made math fun for her - igniting a passion for math and technology. Some surprises she shared with us: Coding is NOT boring. She has traveled to Paris to study art in connection with her work on Google's "Backdrop" project, she met Emma Stone, one of her favorite actresses, while working on a video project, and one of her favorite things about working at Google is the free fro-yo!

Ms. Vanderwater is a very impressive young woman, and we are grateful to the USA Science & Engineering Festival for this fantastic learning opportunity for our students.

The ‘Nifty Fifty’, is a group of 200 noted science and engineering professionals who will fan out across the Washington, DC area in the 2014/2015 school year to speak about their work and careers at various middle and high schools. Featuring some of the most inspiring role models in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, or STEM, this signature program of the USA Science and Engineering Festival presents students with the latest in green technology, engineering, human health and medicine, astronomy and space exploration, nanotechnology, computer science, and more.

Do you Measure Up?

Mrs. Coyle's 1st grade students took a fun approach to their math lesson on "units" of measure. Using colored straws, they took turns measuring how tall each of them is, and convinced Ms. Kemp to join in the fun. They ended with a little dance session to get the "giggles" out before returning to the classroom. Thanks, Mrs. Coyle - it was fun!

Creative Design Challenge

St. Louis School Pre-Engineering Club, under the direction of Mrs. Eileen Markert, recently completed the design and construction of visually and functionally creative model homes. From a solar powered home shaped like a flower to a three-story light house to a icosahedron (a 20-sided polyhedron) balanced in a vertex, each of the students worked diligently to create and explain his or her creation.

Jr. FLL Think Tank Challenge!

Our Junior First LEGO League (FLL) team of Third Grade future engineers has been hard at work brainstorming, planning, collaborating and designing their project. They will be showcasing their work at the Junior FLL Event on May 3rd at the Miller Branch Library in Ellicott City.

Hands-on Science

Mrs. Rose's Sixth Grade Science class students emulated the Greek Scientist Eratosthenes in calculating the circumference of a sphere. Eratosthenes did it for the Earth while our students used more manageable spheres like basketballs and volleyballs. Students measured the length of the shadows cast from small stakes and used mathematics to determine the circumference of the spheres. The Sixth Grade students enjoyed the hands on experiment, which gave them a deeper understanding of the concept.

Girl Power at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab

 You are invited to the Girl Power event scheduled for March 8 from 2-5 PM here at JHU APL.  The event is for middle and high school girls to explore careers in science, technology, engineering and math through hands-on activities and interactive presentations.  Girl Power is free and no registration is required.

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