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CCSMS and Laing MS Capture Championships at 9th Annual Charleston SeaPerch Underwater Robotics Challenge

DSC_0897Teams from Charleston Charter School for Math and Science (CCSMS) and Laing Middle School beat out their peers in the 9th annual Charleston SeaPerch Regional Challenge to claim overall victories.

Team #4 from CCSMS and Team #16 from Laing are going to the International SeaPerch Challenge at the University of Maryland in College Park, MD June 1-2, 2019.

Thirteen teams from schools throughout Charleston County School District (CCSD) and the Trident region competed at the Danny Jones Pool in North Charleston using their underwater remotely operated vehicles (ROV) in two different events: a challenge course and an obstacle course. Teams also received scores on their Engineering Notebook presentations.

IMG_3164Teams from the following local school competed:

  • Academic Magnet HS
  • Charleston Charter School for Math & Science
  • North Charleston HS
  • Summerville HS
  • Buist Academy
  • C. E. Williams MS
  • Jane Edwards ES
  • Pinewood Preparatory School

The following teams finished first in the three separate competitions:

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HS – CCSMS Team #3
MS – Laing Team #17

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HS – CCSMS Team #4
MS – Buist Academy Team #9

Mission: Rescue & Recovery
HS – CCSMS Team #4
MS – Laing Team #16

SeaPerch is an innovative underwater robotics program that equips teachers and students with the resources they need to build a ROV in an in-school or out-of-school setting. Students build the ROV from a kit comprised of low-cost, easily accessible parts, following a curriculum that teaches basic engineering and science concepts with a marine engineering theme. The SeaPerch Program provides students with the opportunity to learn about robotics, engineering, science, and mathematics while building an underwater ROV as part of a science and engineering technology curriculum. Throughout the project, students will learn engineering concepts, problem-solving, teamwork, and technical applications.

As part of the Charleston Navy Week celebration (March 11-15, 2019), Navy personnel participated in the Charleston SeaPerch Challenge as divers, judges, and team escorts.

CCSD would like to thank the many volunteers who gave their time to this competition, and to SPAWAR, the City of North Charleston, North Charleston Police Department, CVS Pharmacy, Charleston SCUBA, and NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) for their sponsorship and support of the Charleston SeaPerch Regional Challenge.

To learn more about SeaPerch, visit http://seaperch.org/.

Story written by Sully Recine, Public Relations Officer, Charleston County School District and also published here:
https://www.ccsdschools.com/news/what_s_new/c_c_s_m_s_and_laing_capture_championships 

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Wando Advanced Robotics Team Ready for FIRST Robotics Challenge Competition

IMG_6537Wando High School is proud to announce that Wando Advanced Robotics has completed this year’s robot, Atlas, for FRC’s 2019 competition, Destination: Deep Space.

The senior and junior veteran team members, with the help of corporate mentors from IBM, Crunchy Data, and Indexic, took the lead in designing and building Atlas while at the same time giving the freshmen and sophomores hands-on experience so that they’ll be ready for the challenges to come.

None of this would be possible without the generous financial support of Bosch, Boeing, SPAWAR, ABB, and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. They make possible our students’ chance to compete in one of the most rigorous STEM competitions in the world.IMG_6572

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Students Launch School Year with NASA Career Fair and Astronaut Visits

Article written by Sully Recine with CCSD Office of Strategy & Communications: http://www.ccsdschools.com/news/what_s_new/students_launch_school_year_with_n_a_s_a

On Wednesday, Aug. 29 almost 1000 Charleston County School District students from over 20 schools attended the STEM Career Fair where they saw demonstrations of NASA’s new heavy-lift rocket, the Space Launch System.

The event, hosted by Charleston County Government in conjunction with an event fostering partnerships with local businesses and NASA, allowed students to explore STEM-related businesses and participate in hands-on learning experiences and interact with NASA staff.

As part of the Career Fair, retired astronaut Dr. Don Thomas spoke to the attending middle and high school students and later in the week visited students at St. Andrews School of Math and Science, Angel Oak Elementary, Mary Ford Elementary, Sanders-Clyde School and North Charleston Elementary. 


Chad Vail, Work-based Learning Partnerships Coordinator, CCSD Career & Technology Education Support Team, said career exploration of this nature not only improve academic performance but improves students’ knowledge of career options during the critical years when they are also beginning to venture beyond the orbit of their parents.NASA

The students listened intently as Thomas described his time in space and the many space flight experiences he had. Selected by NASA in January 1990, Dr. Thomas became an astronaut in July 1991. Asked by a student what he took from those experiences, Thomas replied, “it changed me in two ways. I now have a keen appreciation for how fragile the earth is. And secondly, ask yourself how you view your place on planet earth. When I am asked where I’m from I say, ‘I’m from earth’,” he told the students. “We all are. We are all earthlings here and we all have to do our part to take better care of our planet.”

SPAWAR was one of the over 25 business vendors on hand. Kelly Thompson, Career Fairs and Career Academies Project Lead for SPAWAR said their participation in the Career Fair and similar events is for a number of reasons. “It helps not only in the workforce but in the community as a whole. But the goals is to get kids interested in science and math, and introduce them to SPAWAR and show them that this is a place that they can come and work locally. We want to keep kids in this area for our workforce.”

Their booth featured Meeper Bots which demonstrated mechanical engineering aspects of toys made of legos with blue tooth capability. The students learned about aero-dynamics, load and various aspects that in turn introduced them to the SPAWAR robotics program.

NASAWando High School 10th grader Ian Barrett was excited to attend the career fair with his engineering class and listen to a real astronaut speak about living in space. And while he has not yet determined his career path, engineering seems like a fun choice he said.

“This is an amazing opportunity for our community for collaboration and commerce,” said event organizer, and Charleston County Government Operations Officer Kevin Limehouse. “We feel this expo was more than just connections with NASA. It allowed like-minded businesses and organizations to meet and work together.”

 

Check out the gallery of pictures from the event below – additional pictures posted to the CCSD Facebook page.

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Middle & High Schools Compete in 8th Annual SeaPerch Underwater Robotics Challenge

logo_seaperchMarch 8, 2018 – North Charleston, SC – Middle and high schools from throughout the Charleston region and beyond participated in the 8th annual SeaPerch Charleston Challenge hosted by Charleston County School District’s Science Department at Danny Jones Recreational Complex in North Charleston.

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Students competed in a variety of events, both in the pool with the underwater robots they built and tested as a team, and in interviews with the judges on how they worked together to prepare for the event.

The staging of the event was a terrific success again this year thanks to CCSD Science Curriculum Specialist Rodney Moore, and an amazing group of volunteers from SPAWAR and other Lowcountry STEM Collaborative partners. Volunteer divers were in the pool setting up the course by 8am, and judges were briefed on their roles for the day by 9am!

DSC_1774The event began with a brief opening session, and then the competition was on for the students and their advisers that had worked so hard to prepare.

By noontime, the last of the ROVs had run it’s course, and the students, parents, and volunteers enjoyed some well deserved pizza for lunch while the judges tallied the scores to determine the winning teams for each event.

The overall winners for the High School and Middle School divisions will move on to compete in the International SeaPerch Challenge to be held June 1-3, 2018 at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in North Dartmouth, Massachusetts.

 

NBC News 2 Charleston was there also, and this report aired on the evening news:

Results and a gallery of additional pictures from the event are below – Thanks to all the business partners, community volunteers, educators, and parents for supporting this sensational project-based learning opportunity, and congratulations to all the winning teams!

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High School Division Overall Winner: Charleston Charter Math & Science

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Middle School Division Overall Winner: Buist Academy

 

High School Competitive Events
Obstacle Course
1st. North Charleston HS
2nd. Charleston Charter Math & Science
3rd. North Charleston HS
Challenge Course
1st. Charleston Charter Math & Science
2nd. North Charleston Navy JROTC
3rd. Summerville Navy JROTC
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1st. Charleston Charter Math & Science
2nd. Charleston Charter Math & Science
3rd. North Charleston HS
Middle School Competitive Events
Obstacle Course
1st. Buist Academy
2nd. Laing MS
3rd. Laing MS
Challenge Course
1st. # 9 Laing MS
2nd. Buist Academy
3rd. (3-way tie) CE Williams, Buist Academy, Charleston Charter Math & Science
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1st. Buist Academy
2nd. Buist Academy
3rd. Laing MS
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Military Magnet Academy Students Gain Valuable Experience at FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics State Championship

002Congratulations to the RoboEagles FIRST Robotics Team #7021 on their participation in the FTC State Championship that was held at Gaffney High School, February 2-3, 2018. The RoboEagles placed 17 out of 22 in the state-wide event.

076The mission of FIRST is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders and innovators, by engaging them in exciting Mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication and leadership.

035The FIRST mission, along with Military Magnet Academy’s mission of achieving academic excellence, to develop citizenship and to promote self-discipline in a military environment, go hand-in-hand.

RoboEagles FTC Team #7021 Coach Ms. Carla Ferrette-Clark said, ” I’d like to give a special thank you to TSgt White, and Mrs. Sally-Ann Archice who helped make this amazing experience possible for our students!”

“​Let’s give it up for our FIRST Tech Robotics Team #7021 RoboEagles!! We are true leaders of the 21st Century!” Ms. Ferrette-Clark added.

 

 

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3rd Annual High School STEM Career Fair Highlights Youth Apprenticeships – 2000+ Students Attend

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Over 2000 students arrived on buses from throughout the Charleston region, one after another – these students were chosen by their school to attend the 3rd annual STEM Career Fair at the North Charleston Convention Center October 12.

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Students got to speak directly with professionals from companies keen on doing their part to develop the next generation of high skilled talent for the growing economy in the Charleston region.

Thank you to West Ashley Robotics for providing the wonderful video above! 

Hands on activities sparked conversations, and many students began professional relationships that could lead to a paid youth apprenticeship while still in high school!20171012_101134

Check out the list of participating businesses and schools below, along with a ton of pictures from the event.

But before the students began arriving, the day started with a special breakfast and panel discussion aimed at businesses interested in joining the regions robust Youth Apprenticeship program.

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Ms. Carla Whitlock with Apprenticeship Carolina was the moderator and the expert panel made up of David Hall, Operations Manager for Environmental Express, Inc., Mitchell Harp, Dean of Apprenticeships at Trident Technical College, Karen Winningham, Senior Human Resources Specialist with Robert Bosch Charleston, and Curtiss Schall, a current apprentice with Robert Bosch Charleston.

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Thanks to the following businesses that invested their time to make the 2017 STEM Career Fair possible:
(Companies currently offering Youth Apprenticeships in cooperation with Trident Tech identified) 

Accutec Industries (TTC Apprenticeship)
Berkeley Electric Coop (and TTC Apprenticeship)
Blackbaud (TTC Apprenticeship)
Boeing South Carolina (TTC Apprenticeship)
Build Your Career / CAGC
Charleston County Consolidated 911 Center
Charleston County Government (TTC Apprenticeship)
Charleston County Parks & Recreation Commission (TTC Apprenticeship)
Charleston Dorchester Mental Health Center
Charleston Southern University
Choate Construction
City of Charleston Police Department
City of North Charleston City Planner
Cummins (TTC Apprenticeship)
Davis & Floyd
DC Machine (TTC Apprenticeship)
Embassy Suites (TTC Apprenticeship)
Floyd Brace Company, Inc
Greystar (TTC Apprenticeship)
Hendrick Automotive (TTC Apprenticeship)
Kiawah Partners (TTC Apprenticeship)
Leatherwood Manufacturing, Inc
MAHLE Charleston
Mediterranean Shipping Company
Mercedes-Benz Vans
MSC Mediterranean Shipping (TTC Apprenticeship)
Nephron Pharmaceuticals
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
North Charleston Fire Department (TTC Apprenticeship)
North Charleston Police Department (TTC Apprenticeship)
Nucor Steel Berkeley
Pinnacle Construction & Directional Boring
Project HOPE
Robert Bosch (TTC Apprenticeship)
Roper St Francis (TTC Apprenticeship)
Safran Electrical and Power
SC Cyber
SC Society of Professional Land Surveyors
South Carolina Aquarium
SPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic
St Johns Fire Dept (TTC Apprenticeship)
STEM Premier
Stier Supply Company
Streit USA Armoring
TIGHITCO
Trane
Transworld, Inc Electrical Contractors (Apprenticeships Available)
Tri-County Cradle to Career
Trident Health (TTC Apprenticeship)
Trident Technical College (TTC Apprenticeship)
UEC Electronics
US Dept of Agriculture
Venture Aerobearings (TTC Apprenticeship)
Verizon Costomer Service Center
Volvo Car US Operations
Zeltwanger CNC Mfg LP (TTC Apprenticeship)

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Check out this list of participating schools:

Academic Magnet High School
Baptist Hill Middle High School
Berkeley High School
Buist Academy
Burke High School
Camp Road Middle School
Cane Bay High School
Carver Bay Middle School
CE Williams Middle School
Charleston Charter School for Math and Science
Coastal Montessori Charter School
Cross High School
Cyber Academy of SC
Daniel Jenkins Academy
Dorchester County Career and Technology Center
Dorchester County Career and Technology Center, Trolley Road
Fort Dorchester High School
Garrett Academy of Technology
Georgetown Middle School
Goose Creek High School
Hanahan High School
Haut Gap Middle School
James Island Charter High School
Military Magnet Academy
Montessori Community School
Morningside Middle School
Northwoods Middle School
R B Stall High School
RB Stall High School
Rosemary Middle School
SC Whitmore School, Virtual School
St. James-Santee Elementary Middle School
St. John’s High School
Stratford High School
Timberland High School
Waccamaw Middle School
West Ashley High School
West Ashley Middle School
Woodland High School
Zucker Middle School

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The event also included student led Robotics Team demos from:

  • Team 342: Fort Dorchester High School “Burning Magnetos”
  • Team 3489: Summerville/ Ashley Ridge High Schools “Category 5”
  • Team 3490: Cane Bay High School “Viper Drive”
  • Team 9623 West Ashley High School “WARP Drive”

Thank you to all the sponsors that enable this event to be staged at NO COST to our students – here are the event’s lead sponsors:

  • Charleston County Economic Development
  • Nephron Pharmaceuticals
  • City of North Charleston
  • Trident Technical College
  • Charleston Regional Business Journal / SC Biz
  • Apprenticeship Carolina

Please enjoy these additional pictures taken during the event – Even more pictures taken by SC Biz staff member available here.

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Students from Daniel Jenkins Academy Attend Federal Agencies Expo May 5

Students from Ms. Shekema Hamm’s CTE class at Daniel Jenkins Academy were among the attendees for the 3rd Annual Federal Agencies Informational Exhibition on May 5, 2017, hosted by FEA of Greater Charleston.

John TecklenburgCity of Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg was the keynote speaker for the event’s opening ceremony.

R???????????????????????????????epresentatives from various federal agencies educated the public about the many ways the federal government serves the community and makes life better for Lowcountry citizens.

25 federal agencies and military organizations had displays highlighting their mission, programs and initiatives. Professionals from each participating organization were available to answer questions. “Some of the displays included a mini C-17 airplane, passport fair, law enforcement dogs, survey boats, robots from SPAWAR, an authentic fire suit, transport vehicles, and much more”, said Ms. Hamm.
“I am so thankful my students had the opportunity to participate in this terrific event”, Ms. Hamm added.
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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
Puzzle Challenge
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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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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