STREAM Lab

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 tuning forks to experience sound vibrations.

1st Keva

1st graders use a sound instrument to make bird calls..

1st Jenga

2nd graders  study definition of technology..

second graders make aluminum boats to hold hearts.

2nd graders identify objects as technology or not technology.

Second graders build heart mountains to withstand a breath wind.

3rd graders study Newtons 2nd law of motion.

third graders test strength of different wood layers

3rd graders measure the effect of force on distance traveled.

third graders test effectiveness of many layers

4th graders use slinkies to simulate how sound waves travel.

fourth create wind mobiles

4th graders enjoy slinkies in their study of sound.

fourth graders masks

5th graders test a variety of sponges for degree of absorption.

fifth graders chemical reaction

5th graders form hypotheses with surprising results.

fifth grade

6th graders experiment with air pressure procedures.

sixth graders towel designs

6th graders actually feel the weight of air pressure when a vacuum is created around them.

sixth graders

7th graders build carriers to carry supplies across a chasm using wind.

eighth graders

7th graders find that sails need to be added for a speedy crossing.

eighth graders

8th graders accept a challenge to build and implode their building within a prescribed space.

8th graders find that  a successful implosion is a difficult feat.

8th graders find that  a successful implosion is difficult.
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 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.