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 simulate sound waves using slinkies.
1st graders experience sound traveling through a solid.
2nd graders built chairs for a bear.
2nd graders were proud of their accomplishments.
3rd graders tested materials for their magnetic qualities.
3rd graders tested the strength of various magnets.
4th graders create masks for a social studies project using plastic milk bottles.
4th graders use iPads to help with the design of their masks.
5th graders use mass and volume measurements to determine density.
5th graders use density to determine the name of the metal.
6th graders use paper towel rolls to create designs.
6th graders create wall hangings with ease .
7th graders start plans for cardboard cities.
7th graders construct buildings for their cities.
8th graders created autobots with a prescribed list of materials.
8th graders found out how many trials it takes to make gears mesh.
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.