Sparks fly as SLU students teach science lessons

Terron Floyd transferred static electricity while doing experiments with the St. Louis University Chemistry Club. Terron is an eighth-grader at St. Louis’ Carr Lane Visual and Performing Arts School.

The hour-long science class was over when a woman cracked open the door and told the students to gather their things and meet downstairs.

Pope: Big Bang does not push aside God, author of evolutionary process

The South Pole Telescope and the Background Imaging of Cosmic Extragalactic Polarization experiment, or Biceps2, at Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station are seen against the night sky in this National Science Foundation picture from 2008. Researchers used the equipment to detect ripples in the space-time fabric that echo the massive expansion of the universe that took place just after the Big Bang. Pope Francis recently told the Pontifical Academy of Sciences that the Big Bang theory and evolution do not eliminate the existence of God, who remains the one who set all of creation into motion.

VATICAN CITY — The Big Bang theory and evolution do not eliminate the existence of God, who remains the one who set all of creation into motion, Pope Francis told his own science academy.
And God's existence does not contradict the discoveries of science, he told members of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences Oct. 27.

Connecting principles to the real world

Excitement bubbled from Alex Yezbick and Michael Larkin.

Participating in the week-long STEM summer camp at St. Joan of Arc School in south St. Louis, the soon-to-be third-graders enthusiastically described their project designing, building and re-designing a boat.

They called it the "Duck Boat," and it had no relation to the omnipresent Duck Dynasty family. Rather, above the boat flew a flag bearing a duck with a pirate eye-patch made by Alex, who also built the mast. The boat's hull was made of foil.

Catholic contributions to science are often overlooked

Father Andrew Pinsent is Research Director of the Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion at University of Oxford.

In his recent presentation at Cardinal Rigali Center, Father Robert J. Spitzer talked about "gigantic errors of omission taking place in the traditional media and new media."

"Lots of people are forgetting lots of things," he said, describing them as "errors of omission all over the place" for failing to acknowledge that a Belgian priest, Father Georges Lemaître, formulated the Big Bang Theory, which none other than Albert Einstein said seems to be the best explanation for the beginning of the universe.

Faith vs. science: they're not mutually exclusive

Father Robert Spitzer, SJ is the president of the Magis Center of Reason and Faith, an organization that explains the close connection between faith and reason in contemporary astrophysics, philosophy and historical study of the New Testament.

Television critics touted the popular 1990s sitcom "Seinfeld" as a "show about nothing."

The program used that description often in its nine-year run and even based an episode on Jerry Seinfeld, playing himself, and George Costanza, played by Jason Alexander, pitching "a show about nothing" to NBC executives.

But even Jerry and George quibbled about the meaning of "nothing."

"Even nothing is something," Jerry assures the execs, later adding to George's description of an episode about going to work, "Well, uh, maybe something happens on the way to work."

Area girls' high schools promote new careers

Cor Jesu seniors Katie Kurowski, left, Kellie Flynn, center, and Shannon Garrison, right, looked inside the hot-air balloon they constructed as part of the engineering and design applications class at St. Joseph’s Academy High School.

"Things are going too well Mrs. Haddock, something is going to go wrong," Bud Stein said after the successful launch of a hot-air balloon built by students in the engineering and design applications class at St. Joseph's Academy High School.

Bud Stein and Julie Haddock have been teaching this course at St. Joseph's for about 15 years. Both previously worked as civil engineers. The course involves the practical applications of math and science through various projects, such as hot-air balloons, bridge construction and surveying.

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