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 paper towel rolls filled with macaroni to make rain sticks.
1st graders decorate rain sticks with feathers, felt, and tape.
2nd graders test the strength of spaghetti.
2nd graders use a penny load to test tensile strength.
3rd graders fashion boats out of clay.
3rd graders take pride in their creations when they float.
4th graders play coin toss games.
4th graders practice dexterity with coins.
5th graders study thedifference between mixtures and compounds.
5th graders separate metal from a mixture using magnets.
6th graders study air pressure.
6th graders use air pressure to propel CDs.
7th graders experience the action of the cell membrane using soap bubbles.
7th graders simulate a cell membrane.
8th graders build lunar modules
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.