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West Ashley High School Hosts Wildcat Engineers Week

West Ashley High School Hosts Wildcat Engineers Week

West Ashley High students learn about careers in engineering Charleston, SC – From February 21-24, West Ashley High School hosted Wildcat Engineers Week, a week of opportunities for students to learn more about a career in engineering.

Founded by the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), Engineers Week is designed to raise public awareness of engineers’ positive contributions to quality of life and to encourage students to pursue a career in the field of engineering. According to their website, “More than a week-long event, Engineers Week is a year-round commitment to making a difference.”
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“The theme of this year’s Engineers Week is ‘Dream Big’,” said West Ashley High Engineering teacher Dr. Barbara Leonard. “That’s really the message we’re trying to impart.” Wildcat Engineers Week started with guest speaker Nancy Jenkins from the Army Corps of Engineers. Jenkins’ presentation focused on architecture, what architects do, how to become an architect, and popular architecture projects. Jenkins presented to Dr. Leonard’s Civil Engineering and Architecture students. She is a graduate of Middleton High School. “We want to engage students and to have students ask questions and learn as much as they can about engineering while they’re still in high school,” said Dr. Leonard. “I think engineering is a stealth profession.”West Ashley High Hosts Wildcats Engineers Week (02)

The next event included an on-site visit and demonstration from four Boeing engineers. Each engineer talked about his or her career path, the different planes they’re working on, and then collaborated with the students to complete an activity. The students were divided into groups and had to make a wing of an airplane out of index card-size slips of paper and scotch tape. The wing was placed between two chairs while items like pencils, pens, and coins were placed on top of them to test the durability and strength of the wing each group created. West Ashley High Hosts Wildcats Engineers Week (03)

“The Ultimate Driving Machine,” a BMW smart car, made a special appearance on West Ashley High’s campus as well. Students were able to explore the interior of the car and learn more about the special engine under the hood.

West Ashley High Hosts Wildcats Engineers Week (04)On Thursday, students went on a field trip to the Joint Base Charleston where they took part in a special Tuskegee Airmen presentation. While there, students listened to a presentation about the history of the Tuskegee Airmen, took a tour of all the C-17 training facilities on the base, and spoke with representatives from different colleges and aviation careers that set up tables in one of the hangars. Two Tuskegee Airmen were present during the festivities. Students from elementary and middle schools within Charleston County School District also attended the event. International orange, the color of engineering, was worn by many of those who participated in the week’s events.
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The final Wildcats Engineers Week event consisted of Dr. Leonard and Mr. Robert Stone’s engineering students displaying their course projects in the Career and Technology Education (CTE) hallway. These creations impressed many attendees of West Ashley High and were the perfect way to demonstrate the impact that Engineers Week has on students.

Thanks to Donnie Newton, West Ashley HS Public Relations Coordinator for submitting this story.

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


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– 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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7 CCSD Students Start Spring Internships with Boeing South Carolina

Seven seniors from schools throughout Charleston County School District recently began spring semester internship with Boeing South Carolina.

The students will be working 20 hours per week after school. They will earn a high school course credit as well as a paycheck, but the most significant reward will be the relationships they will gain with professionals from a global manufacturing company and the authentic work experience.

Congratulations to these seven students on their work-based learning placement, and thanks to the team at Boeing SC and Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce for all their hard work facilitating the program.

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Students from the following CCSD schools are participating in this work-based learning opportunity:

  • James Island Charter High School
  • R. B. Stall High School
  • St. Johns High School
  • Wando High School
  • West Ashley High School

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8 CCSD Schools Receive Over $20K in Corporate Donations for FIRST Robotics Programs

Eight CCSD schools received over $20,000 in multiple grants last school year from FIRST Robotics through corporate donations. These funds helped satisfy the required registration fees.Print

Corporate sponsors included SPAWAR, Boeing SC, Bosch Charleston, BAE Systems, Leidos, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), Petroleum Transport Company (PTC), and more.

The 8 schools that received FIRST robotics grants include:
  • Burke High School – Coach Karen Reed-Perrineau
  • C E Williams Middle School – Coach Peter Kain
  • Haut Gap Middle School – Coach Kia Sarnoff
  • Ladson Elementary School – Coach Francine Brewer
  • Military Magnet Academy – Coach Victoria Kettula
  • R B Stall High School – Coach Kim Pickett
  • Sullivan’s Island Elementary School – Coach Tandy Moye
  • Wando High School – Coach Giselle Cheeseman

Thanks to all of these supporting companies for investing in our community’s future workforce!

 

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Belle Hall Elementary’s BrainBots FIRST Lego Team Advancing to SC East State Championship

The Belle Hall BrainBots recently competed at the FIRST Lego League Berkeley Qualifier and brought home the first place award for Best Robot Design.

They also placed in the top four teams and earned the right to move forward to the South Carolina East State Championship that takes place in January!​

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Front row L-R:  Jay Mirman (5th grade- BHE), Conner Li (4th grade BHE), Charlotte Halford (5th grade, BHE)
Back Row L-R:  Ariana Lane (6th grade- Moultrie), Connor Kizer (5th grade, BHE), Claudia Mendez (5th grade, BHE), Allie-Grace Cross (5th grade- BHE), Sam Henshaw (6th grade, Moultrie), Jacob Olinger (5th grade, BHE)

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Students showing off their award after the event with their coaches: Eva Stratos, SAIL Teacher, BHES and Heath Olinger, Boeing SC Volunteer.

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Over 2000 Students Attend 2nd Annual High School STEM Career Fair

2016 STEM Career Fair BannerNorth Charleston, SC – October 27, 2016 – Over 50 companies from throughout the Charleston region set up interactive exposition style booths for the 2nd annual High School STEM Career Fair hosted by the N. Charleston Convention Center.

Special thanks to all the sponsors that made this year’s event possible, especially the presenting sponsor Charleston Regional Business Journal.

Over 2000 students from schools in Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties arrived from 8:30 to 1:30 for a chance to connect with the local companies they might find themselves working with, in the not too distant future, after graduation.

Each student received a bag when they entered the fair. Students also received a bottled water supplied by Kickin’ Chicken and a bag of chips supplied by Charleston Defense Contractors Association. Exhibitors’ and volunteers’ luncheons came from Kickin’ Chicken and delicious coffee was provided by Coastal Coffee Roasters.

Participating schools included:

Ashley Ridge High School
Baptist Hill Middle High School
Berkeley High School
Berkeley Middle College
Cane Bay High School
Charleston Charter School for Math & Science
Cross High School
Dorchester County Career & Technology Center
Fort Dorchester High School
Fort Johnson Middle School
Garrett Academy of Technology
Goose Creek High School
Hanahan High School
Haut Gap Middle School
James Island Charter High School
Lowcountry Christian Home Educators Association
North Charleston High School
R B Stall High School
St. John’s High School
Stratford High School
Summerville High School
Timberland High School
Wando High School
West Ashley High
Woodland High School

Participating business included:

ACE Mentors of Greater Charleston
ASHRAE
Atlatl Software
Banks Construction
Berkeley Electric Cooperative
BiblioLabs
Blackbaud
Boeing South Carolina
Briteline Extrusions, Inc.
Cane Bay HS Robotics Team 3940
Charleston County Government
Charleston Southern University
Charleston STEM Festival
Choate Construction Company
CodeLynx LLC
College of Charleston Computer Science Dept
Davis & Floyd
DWG Engineering
ECPI University
The Foot Institute
Hendrick Automotive Group Charleston / North Charleston
Immedion
Iron Yard
Knight’s Companies
Low Country Hypnosis
LowCountry Women’s Specialists
Maga Design Group
MAHLE Behr Charleston
Mercedes-Benz Vans
MUSC College of Graduate Studies
netGALAXY Studios
North Charleston Police Department
Nucor Steel Berkeley
Patriot’s Point Naval and Maritime Museum
Robert Bosch – Charleston
Santee Cooper
SC Society of Professional Land Surveyors
SCRA
South Carolina Aquarium
SPAWAR
STEM Premier
STEM Visions
Streit USA Armoring
Teachers’ Supply Closet
Trident Technical College – Cybersecurity Education
Trident Technical College – Workforce Academies
Vencore, Inc
Verizon Customer Support Center
Victory Solutions, Inc
Volvo Car US Operations
West Ashley High School Robotics Team

Thanks to everyone that made this wonderful event possible for the students in our community!

 

 

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R. B. Stall HS Students in Computer Integrated Manufacturing Class Enjoy Visit from Boeing SC Engineers

The Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) class at R. B. Stall High School kicked off February’s National CTE Month with a visit from 3 Materials & Processes Engineers from the Boeing South Carolina Research & Technology Center in North Charleston (BR&T).

Special thanks to the following Boeing SC professionals for investing their time at R. B. Stall High School: 

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  • Tom Gonze-Materials and Processes Engineer
  • Tu Hoang-Materials and Processes Engineer
  • Sam Knutson-Materials and Processes Engineer

The guest speakers shared  their educational and professional path for their current position with Boeing SC and an overview of the type of work they get to do at the local BR&T. They even brought samples of their work made from various materials they work with daily.

Sam Knutson worked on the Apache program and Tom Gonze on the Chinook and V-22.  They discussed where and how different types of composites are used and how their processing experience with Autoclave, oven process, and resin infusion influences their work.

Mrs. Kimberly Picket, CIM class instructor and CTE department chair at R. B. Stall HS said, “The students were actively engaged and enjoyed handling the samples and asking a multitude of questions concerning the paths each of them pursued to get where they are today!”

Classroom visits like this are invaluable for students to truly understand the relevance of their academic course work in high school to their future career in a high demand, high wage STEM job right here in Charleston, South Carolina.

Here are come additional pictures from their visit:

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Charleston Area Students Enjoy Hands-on Learning at Inaugural STEM Career Fair

December 10, 2015 – Charleston, SC – Approximately 1000 students from throughout the Charleston region attended the inaugural High School STEM Career Fair held at Exchange Park Fairgrounds in Ladson. Career Fair header

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Over 40 local companies brought interactive exhibits with a goal of sharing the high demand, high wage workforce opportunities available right here in their community.

Acutec Industries, LLC Excel Apparatus Services Roper St. Francis
Airgas / Lincoln Electric Google Santee Cooper
American Metal Casting Consortium Hendrick Automotive Group SC Aquarium
American Society for Metals Hubner Manufacturing Corp. Scout Boats
Atlatl Software Ingevity SCRA
Berkeley Electric Coop Lincoln Electric / Airgas SPAWAR
Blackbaud Liquid Box STEM Premier
Boeing South Carolina MAHLE Behr Charleston STEM Visions
Charleston Defense Contractors Association Medical University of South Carolina Streit USA Armoring
Charleston Southern University ModernTech Tighitco
Cummins Turbo Technologies Nucor Steel Trident Technical College
Daimler Vans Manufacturing Palmetto Construction Group UEC Electronics
ECPI Robert Bosch LLC USC College of Engineering and Computing
and more!

From electrical linemen doing demonstrations on utility poles to armored vehicles – there were many highlights to see before the students even entered the expo building!

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High school robotics teams from West Ashley HS, Cane Bay HS, Fort Dorchester HS, and Ashley Ridge/Summerville HS demonstrated their creations and even launched t-shirts into the crowds!

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Participating CCSD schools included:

R. B. Stall HS West Ashley HS Garrett Academy of Technology
Burke HS Baptist Hill MHS Military Magnet Academy
St. John’s HS North Charleston HS Charleston Charter School for Math & Science
Lincoln MHS Wando HS

Check out this excellent article on the event published in the Charleston Regional Business Journal:
http://charlestonbusiness.com/news/56487-stem-career-fair-gives-students-hands-on-experience

Thanks to Sonic Drive-In Dorchester Road, Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers Summerville, Sam’s Club, and Coastal Coffee for the food & beverages.

Thanks to all the cooperating school districts, economic development offices, and local colleges for their support for the event!

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Thanks to the Exchange Park Fairgrounds for hosting the event, to Grady Johnson & the AMAZING SC Biz / Charleston Regional Business Journal Team for being the presenting sponsor, and all the sponsors and exhibitors that made the career fair possible – looking forward already to year #2!

 

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Boeing SC Hosts R. B. Stall HS Robotics Team 4243 Parent Reception

With each new school year, CTE Department Chair and FRC Team 4243 Coach Mrs. Kimberly Pickett starts a new season of designing, building and competing in the FIRST Robotics competitions.

And to have a successful FIRST Robotics Team, Mrs. Pickett must recruit a new group of students to join her seasoned veterans on the team.

And the need for new recruits also applies to the volunteers that will be assisting Team 4243 this season.

Thankfully, Boeing SC stepped up again this year to provide the needed volunteer support for Mrs. Pickett’s students.

Boeing recently hosted the annual Parent Reception for families of students interested in joining the robotics team.  Mr. Perry Morrissette, Sr. Manager, Airplane Level Engineering Integration from Boeing South Carolina was the featured speaker for the gathering of over 85 students, parents, volunteers and teachers in attendance.

After the event, the students gathered near the statue in front of the Boeing facility to take a group photo.

Thanks to all that made this event possible, especially the host, Boeing South Carolina, and best of luck to Team 4243 this season!

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WAHS Engineering & Mechatronics Classes Welcome Guest Speakers from Boeing SC and Stantec

West Ashley High School Engineering and Mechatronics students recently enjoyed guest speakers from Stantec and Boeing SC.

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Both Dr. Barbara Leonard, engineering instructor and Mr. Nicholas Holmes, WAHS mechatronics instructor agreed the visits were very impactful for the students. “We are very thankful for their investment of time and energy in our classrooms” said Dr. Leonard. “Guest speakers like these add important relevance to classroom instruction,” added Mr. Holmes.

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Huge thanks to Scott Baker and Saeed Jones, both Civil Engineers with Stantec, and Boeing SC Stress Engineer Joel Driskill for speaking to West Ashley High School Engineering and Mechatronics students.