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 marshmallows and toothpicks to build a platform that can support a tennis ball.
1st graders practice metric measurement using grow worms.
2nd graders study time with words, pictures and numbers.
2nd graders match 3 ways to tell time.
3rd graders create sailboats.
3rd graders test to see if boat will sail when weight is added.
4th graders use cylinders from pool noodles to create a floating device..
4th graders study weathering by testing the erosive property of wind.
5th graders use plastic water bottles to build a balloon-powered car.
5th graders race their balloon-powered cars.
6th graders try to build a platform using straws and paper clips.
6th graders find the materials difficult to work with.
7th graders use paper, straws and string.
7th graders create robotic arms with simple supplies.
8th graders create a roller coaster with pipe insulation.
8th graders creaet 2 loops and an incline and then test how fast a marble can travel down their path..
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 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.