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 slinkies

1st graders experience sound traveling through a solid.

1st phones

2nd graders built chairs for a bear.

second grader build chairs for a bear.

2nd graders were proud of their accomplishments.

Second graders were proud of their accomplishment.

3rd graders tested materials for their magnetic qualities.

third grader magnets

3rd graders tested the strength of various magnets.

third grader testing magnet strength

4th graders create masks for a social studies project using  plastic milk bottles.

fourth grade masks

4th graders use iPads to help with the design of their masks.

fourth graders masks

5th graders use mass and volume measurements to determine density.

fifth graders density

5th graders use density to determine the name of the metal.

fifth grade density

6th graders use paper towel rolls to create designs.

sixth graders towel designs

6th graders create wall hangings with ease .

sixth graders  hangers

7th graders start plans for cardboard cities.

seventh graders making cities

7th graders construct buildings for their cities.

seventh graders put together city buildings

8th graders created autobots with a prescribed list of materials.

eighth graders  autobots

8th graders found out how many trials it takes to make gears mesh.

eighth graders mesh gears
Maureen Kerr

Mrs. Kerr

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.