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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.

 

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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!

Enjoy the video! –>

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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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WAR’s Drive Team waits in queue for their next match.
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Team photo at the end of competition (not all students and mentors could attend this second regional).