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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.

 

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Boeing SC Volunteers Lead Marshmallow Challenge in Garrett Academy of Technology Engineering Class

Milton Howard, Project Lead the Way engineering instructor at Garrett Academy of Technology, shared these terrific pictures of his students working with volunteers from Boeing South Carolina on an activity called The Marshmallow Challenge. 

This highly engaging & timed activity had teams of students constructing towers out of dry spaghetti, string, tape, and other basic materials that would support a large marshmallow on top. The competition to see who could build the highest tower within the time limit allowed for healthy interaction between students and the professionals from Boeing. It also provided valuable lessons in teamwork and leadership on projects . At the end, a healthy debriefing session allowed input from students, teachers and Boeing SC volunteers and the winning team was celebrated for their success.

“We are so thankful for the investment of time and talent the Boeing SC team members brought to our classroom today!” said Mr. Howard.

“Special thanks to Mr. Frank Hatten, Boeing SC Education Relations Specialist for his leadership – my students will never forget this experience”, Mr. Howard added.

Charleston County School District truly appreciates all the support the local Boeing SC team provides!

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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.

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“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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West Ashley HS Stages First “Introduce a Girl to Engineering” Tea With Help From Boeing SC Engineering Managers

The West Ashley High School Engineering Department recently staged their first “Introduce a Girl to Engineering” Tea on May 27, 2015. The event featuring two engineering managers from Boeing South Carolina. Seniors from the WAHS Engineering Design class also gave a presentation.IMG_1157

 

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R. B. Stall’s FIRST Robotics Team 4243 Shares 2015 Success in Video Compilation

Check out this amazing video from the R. B. Stall FIRST Robotics Team 4243 – Congratulations to these amazing students on all their success.

R. B. Stall Robotics Adviser and CTE Department Chair Mrs. Kimberly Pickett would also like to extend heartfelt thanks to the amazing parent volunteers and mentors from Boeing SC and SPAWAR for their support of Team 4243 this year leading up to and during the competitions!

Mentors from Boeing SC & SPAWAR included: Marisa Antonino, Michael Bodach, Max Braun, John Brown, Caleb Cole, Renee Esch, Jerry Hull, Brandon Hussey, Tim Lehmann, Onye Nwokonta, Dennis Pickett, and Alex Zhu from Boeing and Richard Daehler-Wilking from SPAWAR

Parent Volunteers included: Steven Iorio, Thomas Chimento, Karina Lopez, Christy Thieman, and Temple Burris

Thanks to everyone that invested their time and talent in this tremendous project-based learning experience for these students!

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Wando Advanced Robotics Earns General Motors Industrial Design Award at FRC Regional

Wando Advanced Robotics (WAR) performed beautifully at the FRC North Carolina Regional!FIRST_Robotics_Competition_(logo)

The WAR team was recognized for its commitment to safety and earned (for the second year in a row) the FRC Safety Pin!

Even better, WAR finished fifth overall out of fifty-five Atlantic coast teams after being seeded sixth at the end of the qualifying rounds.

But best of all, this talented and dedicated group of Wando students won the prestigious General Motors Industrial Design Award for most efficient, elegant, and robust robot!  This coveted award is a tribute to the hard work and ingenuity of the students and  STEM teachers of Wando and their dedicated professional mentors.

Wando Advanced Robotics is supported by Bosch, SAIC, NDEP-SPAWAR, Coca-Cola, Boeing, Blackbaud, CCSD, Leidos, Wando High School, SolidWorks, and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.

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Student and mentor show off the General Motors Industrial Design Award.

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Students respond to FRC judges’ questions about the robot’s design.

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WAR’s Lead Build Student holds the award he helped win.

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Garrett Academy of Technology Welcomes Career Day Speakers

March 19, 2015 – North Charleston, SC – Garrett Academy of Technology hosted over 60 local professionals representing businesses and community organizations throughout the Trident region for an interactive career day event.

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Students rotated between classrooms to learn about specific careers, and the path each presenter took to achieve their current position.

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A special group of student ambassadors welcomed each guest to the school and ensured they had the information needed for the day.

Congratulations to the Guidance Department on a wonderfully successful event, and the entire team at Garrett on a terrific career day from start to finish.

Participating organizations included:

Ascue’s Paint & Body Shop
Boeing SC
Carolina Kidney & Nephrology
Carolina’s
CCSD Child Development
CCSD Work-based Learning
Charleston County Sheriff’s Office
Charleston County Transportation
Clemson University
College of Charleston Radio Network
College of Charleston School of Education
Curry Law Firm
GBA Architecture
Great Clips
Hudson Chiropractic Clinic
ILA
Industry Direct Model & Talent
ITT Technical Institute
King Charles Inn
LS3P
Michael & Company, LLC
Miller-Motte College
MUSC
National Forrest Service
NCO Group
New York Life
North Charleston Police
Palmetto Youth Connections
Rick Hendrick BMW – Mini – Volvo of Charleston
Roper St. Francis Hospital
Santee Cooper
SC Department of Transportation
SC Vocational Rehabilitation
Wells Fargo Financial Advisers
Southeastern International
SPAWAR
The Gap
Trident Technical College
US Air Force
US Army
US Marine Corps
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Baptist Hill Middle High School Hosts Interactive Career Day

March 11, 2015 – Hollywood, SC – Business partners from throughout the community invested their time this morning in Baptist Hill Middle High School classrooms.

Students moved through several rotations and heard from a variety of career day speakers. The event, organized by the BHMHS Guidance Department, allowed students in middle and high school grades to learn about a wide variety of careers and the steps each presenter took to achieve their success.

A common set of traits echoed in each classroom – Work ethic, finding your passion, and continuous life-long education.

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Tony Deering, CEO and President of Pegasus Steel advised students to read as much as they could, and strive to be the best in every position they will hold. “Today, there is more opportunity for young people than ever to earn success”, Deering said.

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At the wrap-up luncheon for career day speakers, school principal Ms. Kala Goodwine was surprised by a impromptu donation of $1000 from Sylvester Hester, Vice Chairman and Chief Operations Officer, Key Logistics & Global Automotive LLC.

Participating companies included: The Iron Yard, Floyd Brace, Charleston County Transportation, Verizon Wireless, Pegasus Steel, Boeing SC, SCE&G, St. Paul Fire Department, Charleston Riverdogs, Global Automotive, Marchant Chevrolet, Salon 331, National Guard, Marine Patrol, Food Lion, Key Logistics, CCSD Operations, and more.

Thank you to everyone that made this career day event at Baptist Hill Middle High School a terrific success today!

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