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Aqua Knights are Ready to Swim!

The St. Louis School Aqua Knights team has built an under water Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) and spent most of the winter getting ready for the Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Regional competition to be held at Villanova University tomorrow morning. We would like to offer the team Best Wishes at the competition. GO AQUA KNIGHTS!

VEX Robots!

The SLS VEX Robots are charged and ready for the last session of Spring Cyber STEM!

Into Orbit!

Fresh on the heels of our success at the First Lego League (FLL) World Championship in Detroit, St. Louis School is already planning for next year. The FLL theme for 2019 is “Into Orbit” and to kick off our efforts, today our students heard from NASA astronaut Tom Jones. As part of our STEM Speaker series, Dr. Jones described his journey to become an astronaut, his education beginning at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, his time at the Air Force Academy, his four space shuttle missions and what it was like to live in space for a total of 53 days. Students had the opportunity to ask questions and he was kind enough to pose for photographs with our robotics teams. We would like to thank Dr. Jones for his inspiring words, perhaps one of our students will become an astronaut and be the first to walk on Mars!

Narwhals Win!

St. Louis School First LEGO League (FLL) Robotics team, the Einstein Narwhals, won a Judges Award at the 2018 World Championship in Detroit! Team members spent four days competing, collaborating, learning and making new friends at the Cobo Center in Detroit, Michigan. Maryland was well represented with another award winner, the Water Buffalegos from Glenelg. Both teams supported and cheered each other on and new friendships were formed. The Narwhals also got to know other robotics enthusiasts from Estonia, Lithuania, Spain, Germany, the Netherlands and many other countries.

It was a meaningful and memorable event for the Narwhals, made possible through the tireless efforts of coaches Anne Reed and Jenn Sleeman, who gave selflessly of their time and talents. St. Louis School would also like to thank the parents and other supporters of the Einstein Narwhals on their incredible journey this year. Next year, “Into Orbit!”

Maryland Mutual Support

Gracious Professionalism® & Coopertition® are foundational Core Values of the FIRST Robotics competition. The St. Louis School Einstein Narwhals and the Archbishop Spalding Cavineers, the two Archdiocese of Baltimore teams competing at the 2018 World Championship in Detroit, exemplified these traits well by learning, supporting and cheering for each other.

Although Detroit is 500 miles from Clarksville, we started the day by bringing members of the two teams via Face-time to the AOB Tech Conference hosted at St. Louis School. Team members answered a few questions about their experience.

St. Louis School would like to thank the coaches and team members of the Cavineers for their support, the tour of the competition pits, and sharing the custom game they designed and 3D-printed for us.

 

Meeting the World in Detroit!

The Einstein Narwhals global journey continues as they completed Day One of World Championship competition at the Cobo Center in Detroit. The team spent the day meeting, learning and collaborating with fellow students from around the world who share a passion for innovation and robotics. Teams from Spain, Germany, Japan, Austria, Cyprus, Lithuania, Denmark and Poland were just a few of the hundreds of visitors to the St. Louis hospitality tent, inquiring about the Hot Hose project and sharing details of their own project with us.

The team completed their Robot, Project and Core Values Judging portions today and ran their three robot mission practice sessions in preparation for tomorrow’s challenge. GO NARWHALS! #AOBCatholicSchools #RiseAbove

 

Making friends from around the world!

The Einstein Narwhals #26647 have arrived in Detroit for the FLL World Championships. Here they are making friends and exercising diplomacy with Macedonia, Switzerland, and Slovenia!

On the Road to Detroit!

And...they’re off! The Einstein Narwhals take to the road to compete at the FIRST Lego League World Championship in Detroit. God’s speed and safe travels!

Under the Sea

The Earth’s surface is two thirds water. We know more about the moon than we know about the bottom of our oceans. SLS students are learning about the ocean environment and working to solve practical problems faced by the marine workforce. The Aqua Knights team has built a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) and spent most of the winter getting ready for the Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Regional competition to be held at Villanova University the second week of May.

The MATE ROV competition is about student learning. It is designed to be an event that challenges students to apply the physics, math, electronics, and engineering skills they are learning in the classroom to solving problems from the marine workplace. Take a quick look at this video of their journey. Best of luck Aqua Knights!

First Grade Prospectors

Rocks are a fundamental building block of the Earth. Some of these rocks are valuable due to beauty, rarity or industrial use. As part of a lesson on Earth Science, Mrs. Coyle and Mrs. Vicendese First Graders spent the morning learning all about the three fundamental types of rocks (sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic). They spent some time prospecting for simulated gems. Tim the Gem Guy provided the students with an opportunity to sift through sand to find hidden gems he provided. After each discovery, the students identified the type of gem and were given the opportunity to take their treasures home.

Designing for Hurricanes

Students in Ms. Fries’ Fourth Grade class have been busy learning all about a topic that is near and dear to her heart. Since Hurricane Maria hit Ms. Fries’ island of Puerto Rico last September, her students have learned about the science behind the hurricanes, firsthand stories of survivors and have helped and supported recovery efforts. This week the students participated in an engineering challenge where they designed and built houses that could withstand “hurricane” force winds with very successful results. Our future architects and engineers are ready to build rugged residences of the future!

Pre-K in Space

Our Pre-K students just completed a unit on space - and boy, did they have fun! Our future astronauts-in-training learned about the solar system, constellations, UFO's, and created their own space suits and simulated a launch in their very own space ship!

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