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 tuning forks to experience sound vibrations.
1st graders use a sound instrument to make bird calls..
2nd graders study definition of technology..
2nd graders identify objects as technology or not technology.
3rd graders study Newtons 2nd law of motion.
3rd graders measure the effect of force on distance traveled.
4th graders use slinkies to simulate how sound waves travel.
4th graders enjoy slinkies in their study of sound.
5th graders test a variety of sponges for degree of absorption.
5th graders form hypotheses with surprising results.
6th graders experiment with air pressure procedures.
6th graders actually feel the weight of air pressure when a vacuum is created around them.
7th graders build carriers to carry supplies across a chasm using wind.
7th graders find that sails need to be added for a speedy crossing.
8th graders accept a challenge to build and implode their building within a prescribed space.
8th graders find that a successful implosion is a difficult feat.
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 48 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 eighth year of Mater Dei, will be my third year as the coordinator of the activities in the Stream and Science labs for grades 1 through 8.