STEM Blog

Pre Engineering Club - Engaging students in the Maker Movement.

This year we have expanded our after-school science clubs of “CyberSTEM” and ”Design & Build” to include “Pre-Engineering”. Our brilliant Geometry teacher, Mrs. Eileen Markert, has an ambitious goal for our Pre-Engineering students. The students will learn to progress from the design phase (imagine, plan, create, improve) to the drafting of blue prints, to construction. Currently they are working with drafting tools in the construction of Polyhedrons, and will progress toward compound Polyhedrons, then to the designing and building based on these shapes. Sounds complicated! Keep at it kids– we can’t wait to see the final results!

Aerodynamics lesson

Mrs. Rose’s science classes have been taking advantage of the weather and recently explored the properties of aerodynamics. Using their personal aircraft designs (paper planes!) they tested the forces of lift, velocity, weight and drag, along with the variables of air pressure and temperature. Who knew something so fun could provide a real-time illustration of these principles! Great job kids! Any future pilots in the group?

Silver Spring Maker Faire

Calling all Makers! The 2014 DC Area Maker Faire will take place on Sunday, September 14th in Silver Spring. The event is free for everyone and full of fun, engaging and creative ideas and projects. Don't miss this opportunity to MAKE!

Summer Cyber STEM Camp at University of Maryland

The sweet days of summer are fleeting and we hope you have packed them with fun times with your family and friends. Summertime allows us to pursue our passions that we may not otherwise have the time for during the school year, and that is no exception for our teachers, as well. Mrs. Zulma Whiteford, one of our Technology teachers, took a week this summer to share her gifts with a group of middle school girls at the CyberSTEM Camp at the University of Maryland. One of the great things she was able to share is the game that our very own students created using SCRATCH in our afterschool CyberSTEM club. "One of my proudest moments during the week was to watch a St. Louis School student share her critical thinking, problem solving and coding skills with the rest of the students at the camp. I am so proud of her and the SLS X-STEM students who originally designed the game." said Mrs. Whiteford.

Way to go Mrs. Whiteford! Way to go kids...can't wait to see what you come up with this year!

http://cyber.umd.edu/news/news_story.php?id=8420

Seventh Grade Engineers

St. Louis School strives to provide opportunities for students to find their passion. This past school year seven students in seventh grade found a common bond in game design and programming. Originally organized by Andrew, this group collectively desired on a goal, identified tasks, assigned individuals to perform those tasks and devoted free time during lunch to create an engage in a demonstration of programming skill. The team chose the scratch programming language, created at Massachusetts Institute if Technology to bring their ideas to life. Mark was the lead programmer who helped turned raw ideas into a reality on the computer screen. The concept of he game, Lone Survivor is to help guide a castaway through a series of challenges. The ending to the game remains unwritten; the team is seeking input from beta testers on satisfying ways to complete the game.

 

You can play the game by visiting http://scratch.mit.edu/projects/16803751/

 

And please fill out the Google Form below if you have a constructive idea on what should happen once the Lone survivor enters the cave. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1XQgKFtbuScGqSlJALcT5GXNT8rlKTtGGivYIsuaAaho/viewform?usp=send_form

 

Have fun!

Digital Storytelling

Everyone loves a good story. Second graders learned how to be good storytellers by selecting a story, illustrating it and narrating it using the Pixntell EDU App. Their audience were wide eyed first graders who enjoyed the digital storytelling time.

Frog dissections

Seventh Graders finished out the year learning about aquatic anatomy.

Volcanoes in the Classroom?

Sixth graders learned about volcanoes, magma, the mechanism of eruptions how lava flows to form new land. They worked I teams to research volcanoes around the world created a model and simulated eruption using common household products. Each research group presented their findings to the class and discussed the dangers of living near active volcanoes.

Sixth Grade Students Under Pressure

St. Louis School students participated in an experiment designed by the Mount Saint Joseph High School Physics Department to demonstrate the scientific principles of the Thermodynamic Gas Law. Students used Alka Seltzer tablets as a gas generator for small rockets and observed behavior at various temperatures. For a few moments this afternoon there were gas rockets flying all over the St. Louis Science Lab! We would like to thank Mount Saint Joseph High School for providing a wonderful educational and enjoyable experience for our students.

St. Louis at the USA Science and Engineering Festival

So proud of our students as they explained and demonstrated projects that they had worked on for many months. The festival provided a venue for them to meet their peers and many adults who showed an interest in their work. A big thank you to the parents who volunteered to staff the booth and to the parents who brought their children to the festival to see and experience the many opportunities the festival provides. We will be back again tomorrow from 9:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center Hall "A" Booth #1249. Hope to see you there!

Second Grade Visits a Sustainable Egg Farm

On Thursday our Second Grade took part in a virtual field trip to Pearl Valley Egg Farm! Students watched and listened as the farm owners, Dave and Ben Thompson, gave a live tour of the farm. Cameras installed in various locations showed all of the different parts of the farm, everything from the feed to the chicks to the hens and even to the Coop Poop that is fertilizer made from the hen's waste - all aspects of the operation were shown and explained. Students also learned about many of the different jobs that are needed to keep a self-sustaining farm working. The tour was especially meaningful because Dave Thompson was a first grade teacher who became interested in egg farming after years of hatching chicks in his classroom. You can learn more about the owners at: http://www.pearlvalleyeggs.com/meet-the-thompsons.php The link below is a follow-up to the tour, a farm-to-table journey brought to you by The Education Station at Discovery Education. Enjoy! http://educationstation.discoveryeducation.com/wdgt/index.cfm

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