The Mater Dei Catholic School STREAM Lab is based on the “Maker Movement.” The “Maker Movement” is designed to allow a student-centered approach in the areas of Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics.
The STREAM Lab allows for students to flourish in an environment where they tinker, create, invent, build, and interact with each other within the curriculum. Students will build confidence in their capabilities and explore the world they live in to develop an attitude to fix, make, change, modify, and customize their world.
See what the students accomplish when working in the Stream Lab.
1st graders use Keva blocks for creative building.
1st graders use Keva blocks to play Jenga with classmates.
2nd graders make aluminum boats to hold candy hearts.
2nd graders build heart mountains to withstand breath wind.
3rd graders test the effectiveness of layers in wood.
3rd graders measure the sag to quantify the strength.
4th graders create wind mobiles.
4th graders test how far their puff mobiles will go.
5th graders experience the signs of a chemical reaction.
5th graders witness the evolution of carbon dioxide from combination of vinegar and baking soda.
6th graders create balloon powered cars.
6th graders race their balloon cars.
7th graders create 3D replicas of cell parts.
7th graders create major cell parts for display.
8th graders recycle paper towel rolls and paper plates.
8th graders create marble mazes.
I am a product of 18 years of Catholic education. I attended St. Louis Elementary School in Yeadon, Delaware County. I completed my high school education at Villa Maria Academy in Malvern. Immaculata College was the school where I received a Bachelor’s degree. My graduate work was completed at Villanova university. I worked in the pharmaceutical field doing kidney research for seven years before starting a family. I have been the comptroller of a small company for the past 47 years. I am the proud parent of 4 children – 2 boys and 2 girls. I started at St. Stanislaus as the first computer teacher. I taught 2 programming languages for 3 years. Then I moved into the eighth grade. During the first 5 years of Mater Dei I taught in the 7th and 8th grades. This, the seventh year of Mater Dei, will be my second year as the coordinator of the activities in the Stream and Science labs for grades 1 through 8.