WAHS Spawar Field Trip March 2015

West Ashley HS Engineering Students Visit SPAWAR & Share Project Videos

Engineering students in Dr. Leonard’s Project Lead the Way program at West Ashley High School have had another excellent semester.

They recently visited SPAWAR and enjoyed a tour hosted by engineer Danielle Hemingway.

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Dr. Leonard also shared iMovies detailing how students employed the Engineering Design Process and Autodesk Inventor software to design and build a Puzzle Cube in her Project Lead the Way Introduction to Engineering Design class.

Here are a few examples of these student videos:

Puzzle Cube Adventure

The Tale of the Puzzle Cube

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Burke and Wando High Schools Visit Bulls Island for “Over the Horizon” Field Study on Diversity

A Diversity Trip to Over The Horizon

Students who had met only hours ago at Chick-fil-A for breakfast huddled together with their new friends for warmth, on a windy ferry ride to Bull’s Island. The students from Burke High School and Wando High School were on their way to the island for the Over the Horizon field study. Wando&BurkePhotoOp -KatieRittenhouse

Over the Horizon is a project that teaches students the importance of cultural and biological diversity. The project, now in its third year, unites students from different races, cultural backgrounds, and economic levels. The project includes a day spent exploring and learning on Bull’s Island, a barrier island in Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge that is known for its ecological resourcesOlivia, CoastalExpeditionsNaturalist-KatieRittenhouse.

Bull’s Island is an ideal location for a diversity lesson with its variety of habitats: maritime forests, sandy beach, brackish impoundments and salt marsh. Within the diverse ecosystems of Bull’s Island are an abundance of wildlife and plants which co-exist and depend on each other for survival. Gates Roll, a naturalist for Coastal Expeditions, led the students through the different ecosystems, sharing with them the abundant natural and cultural history of the island.

The first stop was at a barely visible foundation of the Martello Tower, where Gates told students about the Sewee Indians who first inhabited the area, the English Settlers who landed and later claimed the island and, that the tower was used as a lookout for pirates and also served during the revolutionary and civil wars.

Next was a visit to Boneyard Beach, where they posed for a group photo with their new friends on a fallen sun-bleached tree. Students passed from the beach, through the maritime forest, to the marsh in mere minutes and learned that the diversity of the ecosystems is what creates a healthy natural community. In addition, they learned that, similarly, in a society where two or more different types of cultures come together, there you will also find a stronger, healthier community.

Back on the trailers, students discussed hobbies, jobs, and which colleges they were going to attend, realizing that despite any differences, there were many more similarities. At the Dominick House, conversation flowed effortlessly as they shared food from their lunches, played ball, braided each other’s hair and did yoga.

The final program of the day was a presentation by Vera Manigault, sweetgrass basketry artisan and Gullah Geechee historian. Students learned the history of sweetgrass basket sewing and its significance to the Gullah Geechee culture. They were even treated to a conversation in Gullah between Vera and Burke student, Aisha.

On the ferry ride back, new friends took photos and exchanged contact information. The students gave an enthusiastic “Oh Yea!” when asked if they had had an enjoyable Over the Horizon experience.

Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge, Coastal Expeditions and the Charleston County School District are pleased to announce the expansion of Over the Horizon this year to Lincoln Middle-High School and Academic Magnet High School.

Story by Katie Rittenhouse, Student Conservation Association Intern.

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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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Google Partnership Propels Computer Programming Club at Moultrie Middle School

CS First Google logoStudents at Moultrie Middle School are learning about computer programming and coding thanks to a partnership with Google called CS First.

DSCN3388The computer coding club is in it’s 2nd year, and the growth in popularity amoung students has been terrific – in fact, demand was so high, they had to open three separate clubs.

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The Google Coding Club is a fun, social after-school club where students become comfortable exploring the world of computer science. DSCN3392

The club increases student access and exposure to computer science education while focusing on making apps and computer programs using Scratch software. The students enjoy watching their creations come to life. DSCN3391

Thanks to everyone that makes this amazing program a reality for students!  Learn more about Google’s CS First program here – http://www.cs-first.com/overviewDSCN3386

 

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LS3P Architecture Hosts Lincoln High School Students from Building Construction Program

LS3P recently welcomed 20 students from Lincoln High School to their downtown Charleston offices, part of February’s Job Shadowing month.

After the building construction students toured the LS3P offices, the staff shared career information regarding Architecture & Construction education & fields, and a design charrette activity was conducted (design of a new entry to their school).  At the conclusion, the students presented their drawings and inspiration to the group.

Special thanks to Jennifer Schutte at LS3P for her expert help in organizing this work-based learning experience and Matt Williams with Hitt Construction who was also able to participate and provide insight into construction management. Thanks to everyone who helped make this Shadow Day a huge success!

Information for this story from: LS3P’s Charleston Office Participates in Group Job Shadow Day
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CTE Professional Development Success

March 13, 2015 – Charleston, SC – CTE Administrators from CCSD high schools gathered in the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce board room Friday for an informative overview of CTE best practices and resources.

The CTE Support Team, led by Ginger Reijners, Director of Career and Technology Education for the district, provided specific tips and tools for each building administrator to share with their school’s faculty and students.

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Thanks to the Chamber for hosting the meeting, and thanks to all the CCSD administration leaders that attended!

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R. B. Stall Hosts Student Job Fair

March 12, 2015 – North Charleston, SC – R. B. Stall High School staged a job fair for students that included employers from throughout the region ready to interview and hire on the spot!
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One of the event organizers,  Mr. Andres Casson provided this summary on the planning and execution of the job fair:
“Mr. Wilson has great insight in regards to the academic and social needs of our students. We made a decision early first semester to design a job fair after the career fair. We’ve had a lot of student express the interest/need for employment and sometimes our students just don’t know how to initiate the search. We thought it would be ideal to bring the jobs to them.
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We prepared the students throughout the week with information and academy lessons on resume building, application completions, career preparation, job interview skills and all the other peripheral skills. The employers arrived at 9:00 am for sign in. They were given their packets and assigned their tables. Mr. Carrick addressed the employers thanking them for their participation. Students were then brought down in 3 different waves. Students were prepared with a folder with 10 copies of their resumes, a completed universal job application and a written good luck message.
The students entered into the auditorium where they met with the employers and interviewed. employers gave out stickers for students who were impressive enough for a second interview. Those students were corralled into the Media center where they used the computers to complete online applications. Once all three waves were completed the employers met with the students selected for the final interviews. Some students were hired and most were called for interviews at the employers locations.”IMAG7213[1]
The participating employers included:
  • East Bay Deli (Dorchester, North Charleston)
  • Sonic
  • Chic-fil-A
  • Domino’s (Multiple locations)
  • Old Navy
  • Gap
  • Target

Thanks to everyone that helped make this amazing opportunity possible for students at R. B. Stall High School!

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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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