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West Ashley HS Mechatronics Students Accept Assignment to Build T-Shirt Launchers

Charleston, SC – Sept 28, 2015 – Earlier this year, West Ashley High School’s Mechatronics instructor Nicholas Holmes received an exciting request from his principal Lee Runyan, “Build a t-shirt launcher to use at athletic events”.

So that’s what he and his students did – and then they built another version, and another, and even a robot that can launch t-shirts remotely.










“The experience for the students has been fantastic” said Holmes. “They’ve fully embraced this project-based learning opportunity, and the creative solutions to challenges are flowing freely,”  Holmes added.


A logo has been developed  for the project:

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Now, at the WAHS pep rallies, football games, and many other Wildcat athletic events, the launchers help get the crowds cheering!








“Perhaps the next step is producing these for other schools”, said Holmes.

Check out videos of the T-shirt launchers in action  

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Wando Culinary Arts Welcomes Chef Mackenzie Mantegazza from the Culinary Institute of America for Demonstration

This week at Wando High School, culinary arts instructor Chef Bill Twaler welcomed Chef  Mackenzie Mantegazza from  the Culinary Institute of America for an interactive demonstration in his classroom.

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She prepared a special bacon ice cream in a cheese cone, with candied tomatoes and balsamic glaze.IMG_2375

“Needless to say, my students were captivated”, said Chef Twaler.

Thanks to Ms. Mantegazza for investing her time and talent in the culinary arts class at Wando High School.



3D Printer Donated By Boeing SC Provides Powerful Hands-on Learning for Jerry Zucker Middle School of Science Students

Using a 3D printer donated to Mr. Kevin Fast’s Engineering and Robotics classroom by Boeing SC, the next generation of Charleston engineers is getting powerful hands-on experience at Jerry Zucker Middle School of Science.


“It is amazing how this 3D printer that’s smaller than the HP printer on the same table can produce such terrific models for the students to see and hold.” said Mr. Fast. IMG_1017

“We remain extremely thankful to Boeing SC for their support of STEM education at Jerry Zucker Middle School, and throughout Charleston County schools”, added Mr. Fast.


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Palmetto Goodwill Partnering with R. B. Stall High School for Workforce Development Program

September 18, 2015 – North Charleston, SC – Palmetto Goodwill has partnered with R. B. Stall High School to offer over a dozen students the opportunity to work and go to school at the same time!

The program, dubbed Workforce Academy, began this summer with a job skills training course.

When school started, the students in the Workforce Academy program began working every other day at the Goodwill facility on Rivers Avenue. They each work about 20 hours a week, and on the days the are not working, they are completing their core high school course.

Thanks to this program, these students have the opportunity to earn a paycheck while they are completing their diploma requirements.

Special thanks to everyone at Palmetto Goodwill for welcoming these students on to their team, and to the extraordinary faculty at R. B. Stall HS for ensuring an innovative program like this can become a reality for the students.

Check out this report that aired in May 2016 on Live 5 News on the terrific outcomes of this partnership:http://www.live5news.com/story/31987385/goodwills-workforce-academy-motivating-students-to-graduate-high-school



St. Johns High School Students Excel in Computer Science Class

Students at St. Johns High School are preparing for high demand, high wage jobs in Computer Science related professions.

Mr. Darwin Shorters, their Intro to Computer Science instructor said, “My students are working on developing an Air Hockey game for the Andriod environment!”

“They use paired programming and the Agile software development methodology to develop and program all our software applications.  This is the 3rd Andriod App they’ve created so far this semester which is truly wonderful because none of the students had any prior experiences with coding or programming”, Mr. Shorters explained.

Congratulations to Mr. Shorters and his students on their classroom success!

Here are some pictures of his students in action:

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Wando HS Entrepreneurship Teacher Named 2015 YEScarolina Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to Ms. Courtney Worley, an entrepreneurship teacher at Wando High School, on being chosen as the Teacher of the Year by YEScarolina, a local nonprofit dedicated to training teachers how to teach entrepreneurship.

Seven of Ms. Worley’s students competed in the 2015 YEScarolina Regional & Statewide Business Plan Competitions. One of her students, Connor Simonson took first place at both competitions, advancing him to the upcoming NFTE National Challenge in New York.


Connor graduated in June and  has moved on to college, but he often talks about his respect for Ms. Courtney, and all the hard work she put into help him succeed.

During a recent video conference session with Mrs. Worley’s current students, Connor surprised his teacher with the news she had been chosen as the 2015 YEScarolina Teacher of the Year!IMG_7515-726x1024

Ms. Worley will be presented her award and recognized during the upcoming YEScarolina Gala event, October 22nd at the new Gaillard Complex. This prestigious award recognizes the teacher who has instilled in their students not only the lessons in the textbooks, but also a genuine appreciation and passion for entrepreneurship.

YEScarolina is the program partner for the national organization, Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), in South Carolina.

Molly Crete with YEScarolina contributed to this story and provided the pictures.