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Jerry Zucker Middle School Participates in Cards for the Courageous Campaign

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The City of Charleston Mayor’s Office for Children, Youth and Families sponsored a community service project for students in the Charleston County School District.

The local project was called the “Cards for the Courageous Campaign” in which youth, ages 5-25, were asked to make cards for first-responders, military members, and veterans in honor of the September 11 Day of Service.

Three teachers at Jerry Zucker Middle School of Science, Ms. Michaels, Mr. Fast, and Ms. Gerideau-Grant, decided to collaborate on the project.  The middle school students in the Art, PLTW Pre-Engineering, and Computer Applications classes created original cards.

Thanks to everyone that made this project possible!

 

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Students Launch School Year with NASA Career Fair and Astronaut Visits

Article written by Sully Recine with CCSD Office of Strategy & Communications: http://www.ccsdschools.com/news/what_s_new/students_launch_school_year_with_n_a_s_a

On Wednesday, Aug. 29 almost 1000 Charleston County School District students from over 20 schools attended the STEM Career Fair where they saw demonstrations of NASA’s new heavy-lift rocket, the Space Launch System.

The event, hosted by Charleston County Government in conjunction with an event fostering partnerships with local businesses and NASA, allowed students to explore STEM-related businesses and participate in hands-on learning experiences and interact with NASA staff.

As part of the Career Fair, retired astronaut Dr. Don Thomas spoke to the attending middle and high school students and later in the week visited students at St. Andrews School of Math and Science, Angel Oak Elementary, Mary Ford Elementary, Sanders-Clyde School and North Charleston Elementary. 


Chad Vail, Work-based Learning Partnerships Coordinator, CCSD Career & Technology Education Support Team, said career exploration of this nature not only improve academic performance but improves students’ knowledge of career options during the critical years when they are also beginning to venture beyond the orbit of their parents.NASA

The students listened intently as Thomas described his time in space and the many space flight experiences he had. Selected by NASA in January 1990, Dr. Thomas became an astronaut in July 1991. Asked by a student what he took from those experiences, Thomas replied, “it changed me in two ways. I now have a keen appreciation for how fragile the earth is. And secondly, ask yourself how you view your place on planet earth. When I am asked where I’m from I say, ‘I’m from earth’,” he told the students. “We all are. We are all earthlings here and we all have to do our part to take better care of our planet.”

SPAWAR was one of the over 25 business vendors on hand. Kelly Thompson, Career Fairs and Career Academies Project Lead for SPAWAR said their participation in the Career Fair and similar events is for a number of reasons. “It helps not only in the workforce but in the community as a whole. But the goals is to get kids interested in science and math, and introduce them to SPAWAR and show them that this is a place that they can come and work locally. We want to keep kids in this area for our workforce.”

Their booth featured Meeper Bots which demonstrated mechanical engineering aspects of toys made of legos with blue tooth capability. The students learned about aero-dynamics, load and various aspects that in turn introduced them to the SPAWAR robotics program.

NASAWando High School 10th grader Ian Barrett was excited to attend the career fair with his engineering class and listen to a real astronaut speak about living in space. And while he has not yet determined his career path, engineering seems like a fun choice he said.

“This is an amazing opportunity for our community for collaboration and commerce,” said event organizer, and Charleston County Government Operations Officer Kevin Limehouse. “We feel this expo was more than just connections with NASA. It allowed like-minded businesses and organizations to meet and work together.”

 

Check out the gallery of pictures from the event below – additional pictures posted to the CCSD Facebook page.

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Clemson Architecture Center in Charleston Hosts 2 Career Exploration Camps for CCSD High School Students

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Clemson Architecture Center in Charleston (CAC.C) hosted two very special week long career camps this summer for students considering a career in architecture. These two camps allowed twice the number of students to attend this summer after a very successful pilot camp last summer. 

A total of 23 CCSD high school students completed the 2018 Architecture Career Summer Academy.  The first of the week long camps targeted rising freshmen and sophomores,  and the second week targeted rising juniors and seniors.IMG_5184

“The program was enormously well received by the students.” said Ray Huff, Director of the CAC.C.  Prof. David Pastre, assisted by Ms. Roxann Phillips from Garrett Academy of Technology, coordinated the two one-week programs.

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Students in the camps participated in many activities including fabricating a “concept room” from pre-cut wood, visiting the LS3P office in downtown Charleston, a walking tour of Charleston’s historic architecture, sketching concepts for various projects, using tools like a 3D printer and a laser cutter to create a model of their concept, including developing the design proposals for a small urban park that was reviewed in the traditional architecture jury format with many parents attending.

Students also got to visit Clemson’s new Zucker Family Graduate Education Center located on the old Navy Base in North Charleston adjacent to the Clemson University Restoration Institute, Warren Lasch Conservation Center and Energy Innovation Center’s wind turbine testing facility.

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“The goal in offering these career camps was to excite young students about the valuable role of architecture in our everyday experiences, so that they may consider architecture as a career,  shared Huff. “Even if they chose not to study architecture, the academy presented them an opportunity to develop an appreciation of good design in their lives,” Huff added.

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The camp was held a location that is still relatively new for the extension of the Clemson University campus in Charleston,  701 East Bay St. Charleston, SC 29403, also known as the old Cigar Factory building downtown.

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Check out these additional pictures from both weeks of this wonderful career camp – Thanks to everyone that made this amazing work-based learning opportunity possible!

 

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Successful Summer Camp at Buist Academy Encourages Female Students to Learn Computer Coding

Buist3Students participated in a whirlwind of fun, engaging, and hands-on computer science activities during the “Yes, We Code” Girls Coding Camp held at Buist Academy this summer. Participants had the opportunity to experiment with different computer programming languages, website development, game design and 3-D computer animation.

Students used CSS and JavaScript to create a website and silly wanted ad posters. They explored Blockly coding and even created their very own a Flappy bird game for their smartphone. They defeated enemies while learning python programming through educational “gamification”.Students also got to visit the local Apple Store on King Street where they learning about Swift Code programming, and even learned code that made their robots dance!

Thank you Pamela Rijo for sharing this CTE success story!

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Daniel Jenkins Academy Celebrates Grand Opening of “Glamour Touch Salon” Learning Lab

Students at Daniel Jenkins Academy now have the opportunity to earn their hair braiding license from South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation thanks to a very special new program at their school!

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DJA Principal Dana Hancock-Rodgers and CTE Teacher Ms. Shekema Hamm welcomed students, educators, and community members to the recent ribbon cutting and grand opening ceremony.

Business partners for this new program include Ms. Devona Kinlock and Ms. Tanesha Heyward, local professionals in the salon industry.

Students and teachers came together to prepare the new learning lab for the program, and Ms. Hamm and Ms. Hancock-Rodgers expressed their sincere thanks to everyone that made it possible for the DJA students!

Here are some pictures from the grand opening event:

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Teams from 3 CCSD High Schools Compete in Inaugural “Build A Shed” Competition

The Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce hosted the inaugural Build A Shed Competition for students in Charleston County School District, Berkeley County School District, and Dorchester District 2 on April 27, 2018. The event was staged at the Exchange Park fairgrounds in Ladson.

3 schools from Charleston County School District participated in the construction themed competition: Wando High School, R.B. Stall High School, and Charleston County School of the Arts.

The goal of the competition was to highlight the high demand jobs in the Architecture & Construction Career System.

All participating students earned their OSHA 10 Certification in preparation for the build day event.

Through the building competition process students had opportunities to work directly with local professionals in the construction industry. Special thanks to

Check out this link for a full recap from the Charleston Metro Chamber on the event! This truly was  a fantastic work-based learning opportunity for our students! Special thanks to ABC Carolinas for their support and leadership in cooperation with the chamber for this event!

At the end of the competition, overall awards were given to

–    1st Place: Fort Dorchester High School

–    2nd Place: R.B. Stall High School

–    3rd place: Wando High School

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R. B. Stall High School Stages Annual CTE Completer Breakfast

20180424_101029On Wednesday, April 24, 2018, The CTE Department at R.B. Stall High School led by Ms. Kimberly Pickett held a special breakfast event to celebrate students who have successfully completed Career & Technology Education Programs of Study.

The graduating class of 2018 frmo R. B. Stall High has 33 students that have earned the designation of “CTE Completer”, having successfully completed 4 courses in their chosen CTE Major!

Students from the following majors were awarded their certificates and special “Completer Cords” to be worn at their upcoming graduation ceremony.

  • Digital Art & Design (4 students)
  • Early Childhood Education (3 students)
  • Marketing Communications (4 students)
  • Project Lead the Way (22 students)

Exemplary students were honored in each program area with the Top Completer Award and CTE Completer of the Year.  Thank you to the Family members, community business partners, and faculty members that attended to celebrate these resume building achievements with the students.

 

 

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RB Stall HS Entrepreneurship Students Participate in Biz Plan Competition

Students in Mr. Michael Breedlove’s Entrepreneurship class at RB Stall High School recently pitched their business plans in front of local professionals. The students with the top three presentations will get to move on to the YEScarolina state event May 4th at the College of Charleston where they could win even larger cash prizes and a trip to New York City to compete at the national level.

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  • 1st Place $250 Yeni Perez
  • 2nd Place $150 Triniti Harris
  • 3rd Place $100 Kayla Ahl

Thanks to YEScarolina for the opportunity for students to compete and gain valuable experience.

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Middle & High Schools Compete in 8th Annual SeaPerch Underwater Robotics Challenge

logo_seaperchMarch 8, 2018 – North Charleston, SC – Middle and high schools from throughout the Charleston region and beyond participated in the 8th annual SeaPerch Charleston Challenge hosted by Charleston County School District’s Science Department at Danny Jones Recreational Complex in North Charleston.

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Students competed in a variety of events, both in the pool with the underwater robots they built and tested as a team, and in interviews with the judges on how they worked together to prepare for the event.

The staging of the event was a terrific success again this year thanks to CCSD Science Curriculum Specialist Rodney Moore, and an amazing group of volunteers from SPAWAR and other Lowcountry STEM Collaborative partners. Volunteer divers were in the pool setting up the course by 8am, and judges were briefed on their roles for the day by 9am!

DSC_1774The event began with a brief opening session, and then the competition was on for the students and their advisers that had worked so hard to prepare.

By noontime, the last of the ROVs had run it’s course, and the students, parents, and volunteers enjoyed some well deserved pizza for lunch while the judges tallied the scores to determine the winning teams for each event.

The overall winners for the High School and Middle School divisions will move on to compete in the International SeaPerch Challenge to be held June 1-3, 2018 at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in North Dartmouth, Massachusetts.

 

NBC News 2 Charleston was there also, and this report aired on the evening news:

Results and a gallery of additional pictures from the event are below – Thanks to all the business partners, community volunteers, educators, and parents for supporting this sensational project-based learning opportunity, and congratulations to all the winning teams!

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High School Division Overall Winner: Charleston Charter Math & Science

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Middle School Division Overall Winner: Buist Academy

 

High School Competitive Events
Obstacle Course
1st. North Charleston HS
2nd. Charleston Charter Math & Science
3rd. North Charleston HS
Challenge Course
1st. Charleston Charter Math & Science
2nd. North Charleston Navy JROTC
3rd. Summerville Navy JROTC
Engineering Notebook
1st. Charleston Charter Math & Science
2nd. Charleston Charter Math & Science
3rd. North Charleston HS
Middle School Competitive Events
Obstacle Course
1st. Buist Academy
2nd. Laing MS
3rd. Laing MS
Challenge Course
1st. # 9 Laing MS
2nd. Buist Academy
3rd. (3-way tie) CE Williams, Buist Academy, Charleston Charter Math & Science
Engineering Notebook
1st. Buist Academy
2nd. Buist Academy
3rd. Laing MS
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Lambs Elementary Students Assist City of Charleston with Food Pantry Project

Students from Lambs Elementary School had the opportunity to assist professionals from the City of Charleston Mayor’s Office for Children, Youth, & Families with a service learning project.  Students assembled bags of food for the Lowcountry Blessing Box Project.