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 created with Legoes and let their imaginations flow.

girls lego with gears

1st graders created an amusement ride with Legoes.

girl flies kite

2nd graders tested a variety of materials for building stability.

second graders STREAM lab

2nd graders found that Keva blocks are more stable than their Lego towers.

Second graders STREAM 2

3rd graders were challenged to build the tallest cup tower in 10 minutes.

third grader observing gravity

3rd graders beamed with pride when their tower surpased the others.

third grader observing energy

4th graders use the steps in the scientific method to study solubility.

fourth grade with peppermint racers

4th graders use Skittles to study the effect of color on the solubility of the candy.

fourth graders working with food

5th graders used the steps in the scientific method  to test for absorption.

fifth graders planting for Mothers Day

5th graders tested various sponges to see how much liquid they could absorb.

fifth grade observes law of gravitation

6th graders set up filtration units using 2 liter soda bottles.

sixth graders study filtration

6th graders experienced  the purification of water through the layers of the earth.

sixth graders experience purification of water

7th graders studied the characteristics of living things using yeast.

seventh graders study characteristics of living things

7th graders combined yeast with warm water and sugar and collected the carbon dioxide that was evolved.

seventh graders collect carbon dioxide

8th graders were challenged to build a safe haven  using 10 index cards and glue.

eighth graders challenged to build a safe haven

8th graders measured the durability of their havens by how much weight they could withstand.

eighth graders test haven by how much weight it can hold
Maureen Kerr

Mrs. Kerr

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.