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


Zucker picsFebruary 14, 2017 – North Charleston, SC
– 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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Local Companies Host 150+ CCSD Educators for Professional Development Visits

On Jan 17, over 150 educators from schools throughout CCSD participated in “Career Shadowing Externships” for their professional development. Educators visited local companies to see their facilities, learn about what they do, and understand what they look for in new employees.

Here are a few pictures from the educators’ visits:

January 17 Educators’ Externship Hosts:

Amazon / CreateSpace
Berkeley Electric Cooperative
Charleston County Economic Development
Charleston County Government
Charleston Dorchester Mental Health Center
Charleston RiverDogs
Disabilities Board of Charleston County
Hendrick Automotive Group
J & J Insurance
Kiawah Island Golf Resort
Liollio Architecture
LS3P
Mungo Homes
Scientific Research Corporation
South Carolina Aquarium
South Carolina Ports Authority
SPAWAR
Steinway Piano Gallery
The Art Institute of Charleston
Verizon Customer Service Center

Educators from the following CCSD schools participated:

A. C. Corcoran ES
Academic Magnet HS
Advanced Studies Magnet West Ashley
Baptist Hill Middle High School
Belle Hall ES
Buist Academy for Advanced Studies
Burke HS
C. E. Williams MS
Chas County School of the Arts
Drayton Hall ES
E. B. Ellington ES
Feierson ES
Fort Johnson MS
Garrett Academy of Technology
Goodwin ES
Harbor View ES
Haut Gap MS
Hunley Park ES
James Island Charter HS
James Island ES
James Simons ES
Jane Edwards ES
Jennie Moore ES
Jerry Zucker MS
Laing MS
Lambs ES
Liberty Hill Academy
Military Magnet Academy
Minnie Hughes ES
Moultrie MS
Mt. Pleasant Academy
Mt. Zion ES
North Charleston Creative Arts ES
North Charleston HS
R.B Stall HS
Sanders Clyde EMS
St Andrew’s ES
Sullivan’s Island ES
Thomas Cario MS
Wando HS
West Ashley HS
Whitesides ES
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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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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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Wando Advanced Robotics Team Excels at SC Robotics Invitational

Wando Advanced Robotics recently attended the South Carolina Robotics Invitational and Workshop (SCRIW). The team made it all the way to the semifinals thanks in part to their cooperative alliance with “Category 5″, the FRC team from Ashley Ridge and Summerville.

“Due to the diligence, ingenuity and work ethic of our students, we brought two robots and were able to give ten kids drive team practice under competition conditions.” said Ms. Giselle Cheeseman, English teacher and Wando Advanced Robotics team adviser.

Special thanks to FRC Team 4533 “WAR” Mentor Joe Holmes from SPAWAR for sharing these pictures and for all his support of the team!

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North Charleston HS Student Meets Secretary of the US Air Force at SC Cyber Event

Mr. Ramon Lavender, a student at North Charleston High School was among the group attending a SC Cyber luncheon hosted at Trident Technical College last week.

Also attending from CCSD schools were Ms. Sarah Earle and Ms. Amanda Duke from Lowcountry Tech Academy and Mr. Darwin Shorters from St. Johns High School.

The Hon. Deborah Lee James, Secretary of the United States Air Force was the keynote speaker. She shared an overall update on the US Air Force and spoke specifically about the critical need for qualified cyber-security professionals in all branches of the military. She also mentioned the success of the Palmetto Cyber Defense Competition.

 

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“After her speech, Ramon was very interested in meeting Secretary James and waited patiently for his turn,” said Ms. Earle.

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The event was the first of many planned by SC Cyber, a statewide consortium formed to educate students, government officials and businesses on cyber-security skills that will create and attract jobs in the growing technology industry to the state.

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SPAWAR Hosts Local High School Students for IT Shadowing Day

Students and educators from throughout the Charleston region were invited to get an in depth behind the scenes tour of the Space and Naval Warfare Atlantic Systems Center, known as SPAWAR in Charleston.

Each participant received a badge and detailed instructions prior to their facility tour; “there are top secret missions underway behind the gates” they were told.

The day included on site tours of the Vehicle Integration Bay, the Electromagnetic Environmental Effects Lab, and the Air Traffic Control simulation and training center, which also happens to include the Meteorology and Antarctica Remote Operations Facility, where air traffic is controlled for the the South Pole!SPARWAR

Commanding Officer Captain Scott Heller addressed the students over lunch and encouraged them to persist through college to be best prepared for the many career pathways available at SPAWAR and throughout the world, both for enlisted military and civilian contractors.

Special thanks to the event organizers team led by LaKeisha Williams and the wonderful SPAWAR education team.

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