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 create with LEGOS.
1st graders using their imagination.
2nd graders use straws and connectors to design.
2nd graders build rooms and chambers.
3rd graders measure their creations.
3rd graders proud to have the tallest structure.
4th graders explore ways to build a tower for a tennis ball.
4th graders have success with the challenge.
5th graders learn to use a triple beam balance.
5th graders watch temperature drop in ice water.
6th graders practice giviing directions to build behind a screen.
6th graders find that is important to use precise words to get the right results.
7th graders use microscopes to view their own cheek cells.
7th graders create mosaics.
8th graders start the daunting task of building a roller coaster.
8th graders put finishing touches on the coaster.
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.