STEM Blog

Pete the Cat STEM

Posted May 17, 2019

Our PK students just finished reading "Pete the Cat - I Love my White Shoes", in which Pete gets into all sorts of messes turning his shoes anything but white. Utilizing the four "C's" of STEM: creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, and communication, the students had a blast figuring out ways to help Pete keep his shoes white. They brainstormed to build different bridges and structures in order for Pete to cross over the strawberries, blueberries, mud, and water he encountered along his way. Brilliant!

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Piloting to Success!

Posted May 16, 2019

Today the St. Louis School AquaKnights won Second Place for Robot Demonstration and Third Place for Product Presentation at the Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) competition held at Villanova University. The AquaKnights were the youngest team to compete and faced off against 28 other teams from Ohio, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, DC, New York and Ontario, Canada.

Over the past school year the team designed, built and tested an underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV) and today was the culmination of that effort.

"The MATE competition requires students to think of themselves as entrepreneurs and transform their teams into companies that manufacture, market, and sell products. In addition to engineering their ROVs, the students are required to prepare technical reports, poster displays, and engineering presentations that are delivered to working professionals who serve as competition judges."

To learn more about the MATE ROV competition, visit https://www.marinetech.org/home/

We would like to thank the coaches, Chuck Kerechanin and Angela Fatula, for their gift of time and talent to make this possible and the Romano family for providing a pool for testing. We would also like to thank the AquaKnight parents for their enthusiastic support of the team. The St. Louis community is proud of their hard work, dedication and ultimate success! #BeaKnight #STEMatSLS

 

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Science and Snacks

Posted May 16, 2019

Can you walk on eggs? The winners of Mrs. Cabrera’s and Ms. Fries’ “Science and Snacks” teacher attraction had an opportunity to find out last week. The students spent the afternoon exploring Chemistry and Physics topics like magnetism, force, surface tension, pressure, force, through engaging science experiments. They had a great time with all the experiments but the Egg Walk Challenge may have been a favorite! A huge thank you to Mrs. Cabrera and Ms. Fries for the opportunity to engage in science fun! #BeaKnight #STEMatSLS

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Shakespeare STEM!

Posted May 16, 2019

"But soft, what light through yonder window breaks? It is the east, and Juliet is the sun." Students in Mrs. Nugent’s 8th grade LA class were recently challenged to use nothing but 200 popsicle sticks, glue, and Barbie dolls to recreate the famous balcony scene from William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. After researching the construction of famous bridges around the world and learning about the ways in which they are designed to meet load, stress, and aesthetic challenges, students worked together as teams of engineers to design and build their balconies. They then tested the integrity of their balconies using 20+ pounds of weight and Barbie dolls representing Romeo and Juliet while reciting lines from the play to reenact the scene. In the balcony scene, the audience understands for the first time how strong the love is between these two characters. Were our popsicle stick balconies as strong as their love for one another? Check out the pictures below to find out! #STEMatSLS

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3D Duck

Posted May 16, 2019

The St. Louis School Third Graders are excited to be part of this global collaborative project to construct the world's largest 3d printed duck! #STEMatSLS Archdiocese of Baltimore Catholic Schools

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Time to Swim!

Posted May 16, 2019

The Aqua Knights took advantage of this week’s warm spring temperatures to put their remotely operated vehicle (ROV) to the test in an outdoor pool. They are preparing for the Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) competition, scheduled to take place at Villanova University on May 11th. For the third year in a row, the team has been busy building an underwater robot, installing cameras, and testing its “drivability”. This week, the team members gathered by the pool to put the robot to the test. They tested out some of the missions and adjusted the buoyancy of the robot to allow it to complete them successfully. There is still a lot of work to be done but the team members and coaches are excited and will be ready for the competition. Stay tuned for updates on their progress. #SLSSTEM #RiseAbove #AOBCatholicSchools To learn more about the MATE competition, visit https://www.marinetech.org/rov-competition-2/

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America Needs Engineers!

Posted May 16, 2019

As part of St Louis School’s continuing STEM Speaker Series, today students in Grades 5 through 8 had the opportunity to hear from Dr. Damon Bradley, a scientist with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Dr. Bradley discussed his work on planetary probes, computer software for signal processing and explained the four mission areas of NASA (heliophysics, astrophysics, planetary and lunar science and earth science). He encouraged the students to pay attention in class, take their studies seriously and to always ask questions about how things work. His hope is that more students will take the plunge into STEM and ultimately become engineers, to help fill the rapidly growing need for technologically-capable individuals in government agencies and private industry. We would like to thank Dr. Bradley for taking the time out of his day to speak with us and to the USA Science and Engineering Festival for connecting us through the Nifty Fifty program.@USAScienceFest

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The Great Duck Project!

Posted May 16, 2019

One of the core tenets of STEM education is collaboration. SLS students are collaborating with individuals around the world to build the world’s largest 3D-printed duck. The duck, to be unveiled at the Westport (Connecticut) Maker Faire on Saturday, April 27th, will consist of more than 475 pieces and reach six feet in height. Organizers used computer software to design the duck and divide it into manageable pieces that could be produced by ordinary 3D printers.

SLS applied to participate and was selected to produce two pieces on our new Dremel printers. Each of the two Third Grade homerooms were chosen to produce one of the pieces, where students watched it print and made guesses as to where it belongs in the overall duck design.

The completed pieces are now in the mail and on the way to the project organizers.

To learn more about the project visit: Thegreatduckproject.com #BeaKnight#STEMatSLS

 

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The Chicks have Arrived!

Posted May 16, 2019

The excitement in the Science Lab continues as our baby chicks arrive! Yesterday most of the eggs hatched the cutest little chicks and our students created quite a clamor to get an up close and personal look. They gingerly moved the chicks from the incubator to their temporary home where the chicks huddled together to keep warm. The students and teachers also taught the chicks how to drink by "leading them to water" so to speak. Some of the braver chicks came out to take a look at their new friends - looking through the glass and taking a bow! A great big SLS shoutout to Mr. Seastrom and his family for providing this wonderful opportunity for our students.

More to come today -- Stay tuned!

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Egg Watch!

Posted May 16, 2019

Over the last several weeks our middle school science classes have been on egg watch. We have been incubating chicks and they are about ready to hatch — we can even hear little peeps coming from the eggs! Tomorrow is the day and we are so excited!




CRL Win!

Posted April 9, 2019

Breaking news! St. Louis School took home two FIRST Lego League trophies from today's Catholic Robotics League Celebration!

Our team, the Space Nuggets won for Robot Performance with the highest score on the Robot Game.

And our Galaxy Voyagers team won the Rising Star trophy for highest combined scores in Project & Core Values judging.

 




PreK Tests

Posted April 9, 2019

With spring arriving and summer just around the corner, our PK students recently explored how to protect themselves and their animals from sun exposure. They first created animals out of pipe cleaners, adding ultraviolet-sensitive beads to measure their exposure to ultraviolet rays that are present in sunlight and light from various artificial sources. They then built houses designed to protect the animals from the sun. Once they were finished building, they took the animals and homes outside letting the UV beads change color in the sun. Once the color changed, they then put their animals in the shelter to see if the beads changed back to clear -- proving that their shelters worked! Great job kiddos!

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