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Students Compete at 2017 SeaPeach Underwater Robotics Challenge

logo_seaperchOver 100 students from throughout Charleston recently competed in the 2017 SeaPerch Charleston Challenge at the Danny Jones Pool complex in North Charleston.

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Teams from local high and middle schools designed underwater robots and competed with them in various challenges. Students were also judged on their poster and presentation skills, and an overall composite score determined the winner of the event for both middle and high school age students.

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Local schools competing included:

  • Buist Academy MS
  • C.E.Williams MS for the Creative and Scientific Arts
  • Charleston Math and Science Charter School
  • Laing MS of Science and Technology
  • North Charleston HS
  • Summerville HS
  • Wando HS
  • West Ashley HS

Mr. Jonathan Zucker delivered an inspiring keynote message before the competition began. He reminded students about the vast amounts of the seafloor that remain unexplored, and the potential discoveries that await mankind as we perfect our underwater exploration equipment.

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West Ashley High School brought home the overall 1st place trophy for the high schools division.

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Students from Laing Middle School were the overall winner in the middle school division.

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This event was made possible thanks to countless volunteer hours. Special thanks to the following list of leading sponsors of this year’s Charleston SeaPerch event!

  • SPAWAR
  • Little Caesars
  • Charleston Scuba
  • STEM Centers SC
  • NOAA
  • Homegrown Hospitality
  • City of North Charleston – Recreation Department
  • Charleston County School District Science Department, and many others!

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CCSD K-12 Science Curriculum Specialist Rodney Moore led the planning efforts and day of event coordination for this event.???????????????????????????????Thanks to EV Bell, Marine Education Specialist  with SC SeaGrant Consortium for her remarks as closing speaker at the event!

FINAL RESULTS

Middle School Division: Overall winner to Nationals Laing MS Team # 6

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1st- Laing Ms #6
2nd- Buist MS # 13
3rd Laing MS # 5
Obstacle Course
1st- Laing MS #6
2nd Buist MS #13
3rd Buist MS #21
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1st- Buist #21
2nd tie Buist MS #21, Laing MS #6
High School Division over all winner to Nationals West Ashley HS Team #17
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1st- West Ashley HS #17
2nd- Charleston Charter for Math & Science # 2
3rd- Charleston Charter for Math & Science # 18
Obstacle Course
1st- West Ashley HS # 17
2nd- West Ashley HS # 7
3rd- Wando HS # 3
Puzzle Challenge
1st- North Charleston HS # 24
2nd – North Charleston HS # 23
3rd- North Charleston HS #20

Please enjoy these additional pictures from the event:

 

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AT&T Store Hosts Marketing and Entrepreneurship Students from R. B. Stall High School

Students in Mr. Michael Breedlove’s Marketing and Entrepreneurship classes at R. B. Stall HS recently visited an AT&T  retail store for work-based learning experiences.IMG_0349

Students had the opportunity to see the different positions at the retail store and how they interact with other divisions of AT&T.

Students also got valuable suggestions on how to deliver anti-cyber-bullying materials to middle school students. IMG_0350 Thanks to the professionals at AT&T for welcoming these students for this valuable work-based learning experience.

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Stevens Towing Providing On-the-Job Training in Welding for Baptist Hill MHS Spring Interns

st-logosStudents from Baptist Hill Middle High School are receiving on-the-job training in welding as a part of their spring semester internship program with Stevens Towing in Yonges Island. 

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Huge thanks to all the professionals at Stevens Towing that are mentoring these young men in this terrific work-based learning partnership!

 

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Middle & High School Students Visit SPAWAR for “Day at the Lab” Experience

SPAWAR STEMSPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic held its annual “Day at the Lab” on February 28th. Middle and high school students from throughout the Charleston region were invited for a behind the scenes tour.

Students were welcomed by Rear Admiral Lewis in the Command Briefing Theater. He described the many high demand, high wage STEM career opportunities in both military and civilian positions right her in Charleston.

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Students got to participate in activities like an Electrical Engineering Exercise using Snap Circuit Kits and an introduction to algorithms using a Rubik’s Cube.

Students also got an extensive facility tour including stops in the Anechoic Chamber, the Environmental Testing Lab, and the Digital Forensics Lab. They also got to see the Multidisciplinary Research Center (MRC) as well as climb the stairs to the the Air Traffic Control Tower Simulation Lab.

High school students enjoyed a special session on internship opportunities in Charleston and similar facilities throughout the country.

The students came back together in the end for a pizza lunch and a debriefing session with the amazing SPAWAR volunteer team that helped make this work-based learning experience possible!

Thanks to everyone at SPAWAR for hosting students from the Charleston region for the Day at the Lab event, and for investing in our future homegrown workforce!

Participating CCSD middle & high schools included: 

James Island Charter High School
Moultrie Middle School
North Charleston High School
St. Johns High School
Wando High School
West Ashley Advanced Studies Magnet School

Thanks to Justin Johnson from North Charleston HS and Tralice Reddock from the CCSD CTE Support Team for serving as chaperones for the participating CCSD students.

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Academic Magnet Students Visit SPAWAR Labs for Work-based Learning Experience

spawar logoPLTW Instructor Jamie Corson and his students from Academic Magnet HS were welcomed by Ms. Michelle Rehr-Matash, SPAWAR Public Affairs officer for a day of interactive learning.

Students got to visit several different working labs, including the Communications & Wireless Lab, Research & Development Lab and Computer Forensics Lab.  Then over lunch, students participated in a computer forensics activity with Mr. Bill Littleton, an accomplished SPAWAR computer scientist . The students enjoyed the activity involving meta data & GPS data integrated into photographs.

“The opportunity to visit SPAWAR offered students the ability to meet with a wide range of engineers and technicians.” said Mr. Corson.  “They left with a better understanding about the various projects taking place behind the guard gate, and the important role the organization serves in our national security”, added Corson. The students also learned about opportunities for federal internships and co-op programs aimed at both high school and college students.

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Culinary Students from Military Magnet Academy Assist with Chef’s Feast Event in Support of Lowcountry Food Bank

chefs feastMilitary Magnet Academy’s culinary arts instructor Chef Kimberly Ortego and 7 of her students recently assisted with a large scale fundraising event benefiting the Lowcountry Food Bank called Chef’s Feast.

Students assisted with preparations prior to guests’ arrival alongside professionals from throughout the local hospitality and tourism industry. They also assisted with serving during the event as well as replenishing supplies as needed for various tables.IMG_3473

“This work-based learning experience was wonderful for my students”, said Chef Ortego. IMG_3467

“Thanks to the event organizers and the Lowcountry Food Bank for including students in this amazing event!” Ortego added. IMG_3455Read more information about this annual event here: https://www.lowcountryfoodbank.org/get-involved/chefs-feast  LFB logo

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700+ CCSD Students Enjoy Screening of Hidden Figures Movie Followed by Panel Discussions with Local STEM Pros


Zucker picsFebruary 14, 2017 – North Charleston, SC
– Thanks to a hard working group of volunteers from local companies and organizations, over 1000 students were invited to a very special STEM themed event staged at a theater complex adjacent to North Charleston City Hall.

Students arrived by the bus load to an expo style event in the theater lobby where local STEM professionals from NUCOR, Google, SPAWAR, and others set up table top displays. The professionals shared the good news about high demand, high wage careers available right here in the Charleston region!

By 10AM, five theaters were full of excited students and the acclaimed movie Hidden Figures had begun. The wonderfully produced movie tells the incredible untold story of Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson – brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit around the earth, and his successful return.

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This was not the first Hidden Figures movie event orchestrated by local STEM Champions Ms. Radia HeywarMs. Anishi Scott, and Ms. Jenna Richardson. With the encouragement of their employers, Ms. Heyward, Ms. Richardson, and Ms. Scott had staged an earlier event on a Saturday that was a huge success with hundreds attending.

Boeing SC Leader Joan Robinson-BerryWhen the movie finished, and while many eyes were still wet with emotion, the lights came up and students were treated to a panel discussion with local professionals like Ms. Joan Robinson-Berry, site leader and lead executive in charge at Boeing South Carolina in North Charleston and Mr. KaMar Galloway, local leader of Google’s CS First computer science program. Not only was the powerful movie discussed, but also the pathway available to students today and the career opportunities that await them in the fast growing Charleston economy.

Thanks to generous support from the Charleston Defense Contractors Association, students were awarded prizes in each theater when they answered questions about the movie correctly.

Students were treated to chicken sandwiches and pizza as they exited the theater thanks in part to the generous support from the City of North Charleston, including volunteers from the police and other departments. By 1:30 PM, the students had all departed.

Participating schools from Charleston County School District included: 

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  2. R B Stall HS
  3. Academic Magnet HS
  4. St. Johns HS
  5. Baptist Hill MHS
  6. Septima P. Clark Academy
  7. Garrett Academy of Technology
  8. West Ashley HS
  9. James Simons EMS
  10. Orange Grove MS
  11. James Island MS
  12. Jerry Zucker MS
  13. CE Williams MS
  14. Montessori Community School
  15. Cario MS
  16. West Ashley MS
  17. Deer Park MS

Over 250 students from Berkeley County Schools also attended.

Special thanks to everyone that made this event possible, especially Ms. Rita Scott and the NYC African American Business Leaders Fund for the movie tickets, City of North Charleston for lunch support, and Charleston Defense Contractors Association for their support of prizes and other supplies for the event.

Read more from Live 5 News: http://www.live5news.com/story/34454797/berkeley-and-charleston-students-to-see-movie-hidden-figures.Volunteers for Hidden Figures Event

 

 

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City of Charleston Hosts Job Shadowing Day for 25 West Ashley HS Students

February 13, 2017 – Charleston, SC – 25 students from West Ashley High School got to shadow City of Charleston municipal professionals for a “Day in the Life” experience. IMG_3804

They arrived with their chaperones Ms. Melissa Sparks and Ms. Bridgette Butler early Monday morning at City Hall, and quickly took their seats in the historic City Council Chambers.

They got to hear several interesting stories about the chamber from the docent, Ms. Lindsay Barrios including the single Edison light bulb still in place and the amazing story of the portrait of George Washington in Charleston featured behind the podium.

Then, they were welcomed by City of Charleston Mayor, John Tecklenburg. He spoke on the value of the opportunity of job shadowing and thanked the City of Charleston team members for their willingness to invest in students.

Students were them connected with their host departments and departed to begin their work-based learning experiences.
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Host departments included:

  • Police Department
  • Fire Department
  • Recreation Department
  • Old Slave Mart Museum
  • Human Resources
  • Housing & Community Development
  • Parks Department
  • Technology & Business Development
  • Information Technology
  • Mayor’s Office of Children, Youth and Families
  • Municipal Court Judge
  • Mayor’s Office

After the morning of job shadowing, students and their host met for a special luncheon at the Maritime Center.

The amazing day of work-based learning was organized by Jennifer Gorham with the Mayor’s Office of Children, Youth, and Families.

Thanks to Jennifer, Mindy, and all the City of Charleston departments for making this event possible again this year.

Thanks to Mayor John Tecklenburg for welcoming the students to City Hall and attending the debriefing luncheon at the Maritime Center.

 

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Over 100 CCSD Culinary Students Attend Hospitality Career Fair Hosted by College of Charleston

On February 6th, students and faculty from the College of Charleston Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management hosted an amazing career fair at the TD Arena on Meeting Street.

Over 100 students from CCSD culinary arts programs attended. Paula Miller from SMG, the worlds largest operator of coliseums and convention centers, including ours in N. Charleston, shared a terrific lecture on soft skills, including best practices for resumes, interviews, and post interview follow up. She also shared proper communication etiquette.

After Ms. Miller’s presentation, students got to enjoy a special box lunch and then walk around to visit 40+ local colleges, restaurants, hotels, and attraction vendors seeking interns and employees.

Participating CCSD Schools included: St. Johns High School, Wando High School, Garrett Academy of Technology and North Charleston High School.

“For our high school students to get to participate in this event and hear from a soft skills expert was tremendous”, said Chef Twaler who brought his Wando High School culinary students to the event.

Thanks to all the local companies and colleges that participated, and thanks to Jeremy Clement, Wayne Smith, and all the faculty, volunteers and students from College of Charleston for including CCSD students in this event.