Laing Leaders, Group Pictures, September 2018

Adriane Smalls-Owens Encourages Laing Leaders to Embrace their Culture

September 27, 2018 – 30 African American students at Laing Middle School gathered in the media center to be inspired by a leader in their community as a part of the school’s “Laing Leaders” program.

This special program was created to help close the achievement gap and foster a culture that rewards and values academic success among African American students who demonstrate the potential to achieve at a high level.

The first guest speaker for this school year was Mrs. Adriane Smalls-Owens, Youth Director of the Snowden Community Civic Association and the owner of the Pineapple Carriage, a youth development organization based in Mt. Pleasant.

Mrs. Smalls-Owens, who has a blended background in healthcare and community youth engagement, talked about her travels, the importance of owning your culture, and how doing so can be an asset in their academic development. She informed the students that her professional and personal experiences have placed her at the core of creating opportunities and developing strategies to unite Lowcountry middle school and adolescent aged youth just like them.

She had opportunities to master literacy, comprehension, academic achievement and skills of professionalism while leveraging healthier outcomes through workshops and out-of-school programs.IMG_6954

In the end, she challenged the “Laing Leaders” to embrace their culture, develop their “mental model” nurture their gifts, and  challenge themselves to maximize their potential.

“It was an honor to speak to the Laing Leaders,” said Mrs. Smalls-Owens. ” My expectation is that this group of students will further develop into intelligent, diverse and unique leaders, harnessing the ability to make leadership decisions based on various perspectives, to include acknowledging the culture of those they may collaborate with.”

Thank you to everyone that made this wonderful experience possible for the Laing Leaders group, and to Ms. Allison Hurley for contributing to this story.

IMG_6947 IMG_6949 IMG_6950  IMG_6957 IMG_6958  Laing Leaders, Presentation, Adriane Smalls

Floor plan and elevation drawings explained.

Clemson Architecture Center Welcomes Students from Morningside Middle School


September 21, 2018 – Clemson Architecture Center in Charleston (CAC.C) hosted several groups of middle schools to their beautiful facility at 701 East Bay Street (Old Cigar Factory).

Mr. Glickman along with Ms. Rivers  chaperoned a group of Morningside Middle School scholars on a very unique field study.Build11

Mr. Ray Huff, Director and Associate Professor along with his team delivered an interesting presentation for the future designers that was both informative and interactive.  A group of very talented college students currently studying at CAC.C assisted also.

Morningside MS scholars received an overview of program offerings and opportunities at CAC.C, including a facility tour highlighted by a variety of work-spaces. One area was a mock up of a room currently being used for a research project that will help surgical operating rooms become more efficient for surgeons.  This was a great opportunity for the young scholars to see the future of operating rooms in person.

Tour1All scholars also got to participate in an interactive building project using a revolutionary design philosophy that requires very few tools.  The system used specially cut wooden pieces that interlock and then can be secured with zip ties.

Working in teams,  Clemson students led the assembly of the pre-cut peices. The students helped identify necessary pieces, figure out how they fit together, and finally secure them with zip ties.  Thirty minutes later, scholars examined their two rooms put together without a single hand tools.

In the debrief discussion, students vocalized many lessons learned, including the importance of sketching for designers,  the value of different types of drawings, and the importance of creating technical documentation and instructions for the end user.  Before exiting the scholars deconstructed the rooms in a mater of minutes and returning the pieces to their original locations.

Thanks to all that made this amazing work-based learning opportunity possible for scholars from Morningside Middle School!


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