"Cultivating Minds and Building Community"

About Us

The Clavius Project @ SLUH began in 2014 as a collaboration among students, faculty and staff to bring education in STEM to St. Louis urban middle schools. Named after Christopher Clavius—a German Jesuit mathematician and astronomer responsible for the Gregorian Calendar as well as the first to confirm his former student Galileo's Heliocentric Theory of the universe—the program has achieved considerable success and momentum in just a short period of time. The Clavius Project offers FLL robotics, EV3 Lego Mindstorm click & drag and Robot C program language; and math & science tutoring. Platforms in development include rocketry, coding, advanced robotics and quad copters.

    By the #s

  • 600  Middle school students participating in Clavius Project via curriculum and after school programs and summer camps

  • 34  Participating middle schools

  • 6  FIRST FLL teams launched in 2016 (SLUH will host a FIRST FLL qualifier 11/12/17)

  • 5  High schools providing mentors: SLUH, DeSmet, Rosati-Kain, Bishop-DuBourg, & Cor Jesu

  • 2  Middle schools piloted Robot C program language, slated to be a routine platform available to all

  • 2  Important partners in SLU & Ranken Technical College

  • 1  Incredible Robotics Jamboree hosted annually at SLUH!
Investing in Our Future

Clavius Scholars
Awarded $10,000 in STEM summer academy  camp scholarships in 2017

Additional Support
Clavius Project benefits from Learn2Earn, a $1.3M scholarship program funded by Ranken and the Berges Family Foundation

Summer Programming
Clavius Project is part of SLUH's Upward Bound Academy and supports & hosts various summer robotics camps

Math & Science Tutoring/Mentoring
Clavius Project provides opportunities in math & science tutoring


FIRST Robotics

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded in 1989 to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology.

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LEGO Education

Our solutions for teaching and hands-on learning inspire interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), targeted at preschool, elementary and middle school.

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The two links below take you to tutorials for the Lego Mindstorm Robots, provided by Carnegie Mellon.

Click & Drag

Robot C


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Educator Reference Sheets

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Ranken Technical College

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St. Louis University High School

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Saint Louis University, Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology

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2017 Clavius Project Jamboree, Thank You Video

Future Events

The Clavius Project sponsors several events throughout the year as a part of it's efforts to promote and bring STEM activity to middle schools in the St Louis area.

The Clavius Jamboree happens each January to allow Clavius Project participating students and schools to showcase the robotics knowledge they learned during the fall season.

The Clavius Project @ SLUH, and Ranken Technical College put on a FIRST FLL Qualifier in the fall, hosted by SLUH.

Clavius helps promotes summer STEM camps and academies throughout the city and surrounding area.

Some upcoming events:

- 2018 Clavius Project Jamboree, Saturday January 20th 2018, at SLUH

- 2017 FIRST FLL Qualifier (sponsored by Clavius and Ranken), Sunday November 12 2017, at SLUH

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Participating Clavius Schools