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West Ashley High School Early Childhood Education Students Attend 2019 SCECA Conference

Thank you Ms. Butler for submitting this CTE Success Story, including pictures, from your students recent work-based learning trip to the South Carolina Early Childhood Association (SCECA) conference in Greenville.

Early Childhood Education students from West Ashley High School recently attended the South Carolina Early Childhood Association (SCECA) conference in Greenville, SC during the week of January 31-February 2nd.

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On Thursday, January 31st, Kamren Shine led a workshop titled “Who’s Down with DAP” for  ECE professionals during the opening session and did an amazing job with the support of her fellow classmates.

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West Ashley High School’s SCECA students, members of the only high school chapter in SC, received a grant supporting their program from the association at the last 2 annual conferences. WAHS Early Childhood Education students are working to earn the Child Development Associate credential this year.

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Lowcountry-Peedee Robotics League Tournament Causes ROVER RUCKUS at Military Magnet Academy

Special thanks to Ms. Carla Ferrette-Clark, CTE Instructor of Information Technology at Military Magnet Academy and FTC Robotics Team Adviser for submitting this report on the FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics League Tournament held February 2.

On Saturday, February 2nd, 18 FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) FTC teams from the Lowcountry and Peedee areas converged at Military Magnet Academy for the very first East SC FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics League Tournament. This exciting inaugural event showcased Robotics teams showing off what they learned and invented all season. The teams competed with their robots for an opportunity to advance to the SC State First Tech Challenge Championship. This is a tremendous opportunity for our Scholars and participants in the State of South Carolina, particularly as it relates to the future STEM workforce in the Palmetto State. As our guest speaker, State Representative Sylleste Davis said, “STEM is important to our Scholars future.” MMA had a packed house to promote the STEM initiative!

A little history behind FTC in the Lowcountry is each year FTC teams design, build, program and operate robots to compete in a head-to-head challenge with alliance partners. This year’s challenge is Rover Ruckus and league winners advance to the regional championships in Gaffney, SC.

FTC is a 7-12 grade competition which allows participants to apply engineering principles, build STEM skills, and exposes them to real-world experiences. Each team operates as a small business with the robot as their product. Team members function in different capacities, similar to a real job. Team roles can consist of programmers, designers, builders, safety inspectors, technical writers, pit crew, drivers, drive coach, and more. Guided by adult coaches and mentors, robotics team members also engage in other activities such as developing a business plan, marketing, fundraising, public speaking, and community outreach. Participants and teams can earn awards and are eligible to apply for $80M+ in college scholarships. Each season concludes with regional championship events and an exciting FIRST Championship.

In previous years, teams competed in one regional (state) tournament from which teams were chosen to advance to the FIRST Championship. For the first time this year the South Carolina FTC teams moved to a league format, which increased the number of matches, played, offered more opportunity to design and strategize throughout the season, and more opportunities to interact with local teams.

Out of 18 total teams, the Robo Eagles ranked 16 with 299 points scored. There was a total of 10 matches ending in the Robo Eagles being selected as a semi-finals alliance partner with the Ground Shakers but did not advance to the regional competition. Additionally, team member, Alexandria Archie, was nominated as a FIRST Dean’s List semi-finalist, one of four nominees for the league. We exemplified “Gracious Professionalism” while cheering our fellow robotics teams on to victory. This has been an exciting season thus far for the Robo Eagles and we will continue to grow and learn!

I would like to extend a special thanks to Ms. Lowman, TSgt White, Ms. Reed, and the Admin Staff for coming out and supporting the event. Our Senior Alumni who came from College to run the Eagles concession stand, and lastly, we would like to thank Ms. Sally-Ann Archie, a parent, and mentor, who has been an asset to Military Magnet with volunteering to help in any capacity and supporting our Robo Eagles and Cyber Security team.

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Publix Spotlight Career Cafe & Interviews at Burke High School

Students at Burke High School recently met with professionals from the soon to open Publix location on Spring Street in Downtown Charleston.

Participating students had the opportunity to learn about the high expectations for Publix  employees, and the terrific opportunities for training and career advancement available.

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The Career Cafe was organized by Mr. Alvin Lumkin, Career Specialists serving Burke High School and hosted in Mr. Roy Kemp’s classroom.

Thank you to the Publix team members that invested their time at Burke High School for this empowering Career Cafe event for students.

 

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Military Magnet Academy Students Get Hands-On with Race Cars Thanks to Universal Technical Institute Visit

Students from Military Magnet Academy recently got up close and personal with several race cars thanks to a parking lot visit by Universal Technical Institute representatives!

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Students enjoyed learning about the competitive cars and the programs offered by UTI in high demand, high wage careers.

Thank you Mr. Coull for staging this experiential learning opportunity at MMA for our students!

Thank you Mr. Lumpkin for sharing this CTE Student Success story from Military Magnet Academy!

 

 

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BoomTown! Hosts Computer Science Students from North Charleston High School for Career Exploration Visit

On December 5th, 2018, Ms. Crabtree’s Exploring Computer Science students from North Charleston High School were able to experience a very informative “Deep Dive” work-based learning visit hosted by BoomTown!, a local software company.

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Students received a detailed presentation on the features and benefits of BoomTown’s ROI real estate software, an explanation of the company’s core values, and a personalized tour of their modern workplace. Students also got to see Pacific Box and Crate, which is the name of the beautiful tech campus BoomTown! shares with other tech companies.

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Students left with a new vision of the 21st Century workplace. Thank you Nina Magnesson and the whole BoomTown! team for providing this rich career exploration opportunity for  North Charleston High School students!

Thank you Darwin Shorters for submitting this excellent CTE Success Story with pictures!

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North Charleston Elementary FIRST LEGO League Robotics Team Earns Award at Regional Event

Congratulations to the North Charleston FIRST LEGO League Robotics Team on their success in the recent regional FLL qualifier event hosted by Colleton County High School.

The team brought home the Judges Award and 2 individual awards!

Here is the message NCES Principal Jeff Beckwith shared with his faculty about the team’s success at the event under the leadership of Ms. Hocking and Ms. Oldland.

NCES Principal Beckwith wrote: A huge congratulations to our Robotics team this Saturday! After a very long twelve hour day at Colleton County Middle School, our students scored some points on the table competitions and were given the Judge’s Award. This award was given to only one out of the twenty teams at the competition!

The Judge’s Award is described as follows: Some teams have a story that sets them apart in a noteworthy way. Sometimes a team is so close to winning an award that the judges choose to give special recognition to the team. Judges Awards allow the freedom to recognize remarkable teams that stand out for reasons other than the Core Award categories, things like students overcoming adversity or perseverance.

NCES3This award goes to the team that improvises and overcomes a difficult situation while still making a respectable showing, with an attitude that shows, “We can overcome incredible odds if we never give up, no matter what!”

Also, two NCES students received the Gracious Professionalism award for showing their teammates and other teams respect at all times. They recognize that both friendly competition and mutual gain are possible, both on and off the playing field. Congratulations to team members Ernesto and Isaiah on this prestegious recognition.

And, a huge thank you also to Ms. Hocking and Ms. Oldland who started their day at NCES at 6:00 am and didn’t return until 6:00 pm. NCES is well positioned for many future years of success with our FLL Robotics program. Thanks to everyone that made this experience possible for our students!

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Culinary Arts Students from Military Magnet Academy Explore Careers at Wild Dunes Resort

Chef Kimberly Ortego, Culinary Arts instructor & CTE Department Chair at Military Magnet Academy provided the following summary of her students’ recent work-based learning visit to Wild Dunes Resort on Isle of Palms.

This work-based learning opportunity is possible thanks to the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce Career Academy program which encouraged and facilitates business partner support for CCSD high schools!

 

Students started their tour at the Market area which offers apartment style lodging for families and has several shops & markets for any needs they may have while on vacation.

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Student walked through the retail shops and got to peek inside the luxurious day spa. Then they enjoyed tasting ice cream at Hudson’s Market.

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Students were invited to inspect the inside of Coastal Provisions Restaurant which overlooks one of the resort’s pool decks.

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Student got to meet the staff at Coastal Provisions and enjoyed “mocktails” mixed to order while the discussed proper customer service techniques.
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Students got to go behind the scenes in the housekeeping department at the resort.  They met with a very experienced employee that showed them how to make the towel “art” each guest receives during their stay on property.
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Students learned how to make a swan and a lotus flower out of towels. The housekeeping team explained their responsibilities and how they manage over 500 rooms daily, ranging from box style hotel rooms, to apartment style rooms, and homes that accommodate anywhere from 5-10 guests.
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Thanks to the whole team at Wild Dunes for being such a wonderful Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce Career Academy partner, and making this amazing work-based learning opportunity possible for our students!

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Students from North Charleston High School Hosted by Women in Homeland Security for Airport Security Tour

October 24, 2018 – North Charleston, SC – 6 students from  North Charleston High School participated in a work-based learning field-trip to Charleston International Airport. The experience was hosted by Women in Homeland Security.A5DeAnjula Knight, Abriona Lockwood, Tiffany Smalls, Daijha Ackerman, Joemal Murphy, and Stella King all got to see behind the scenes of an airport security checkpoint as passengers and their belongings were screened.

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Each student got to try on a bomb suit worn by bomb squads, and observe explosive sniffing dogs at work.a2 nchs airport 1

Special thanks to Beverly Wilkes with the Transportation Security Administration and Department of Homeland Security for organizing this wonderful learning experience for our scholars from North Charleston High School!

 

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Feb. 2, 2019 – Youth Apprenticeship Information Session

Charleston Regional Youth Apprenticeships logoTrident Technical College will be hosting the annual comprehensive information session about Charleston Regional Youth Apprenticeships program, including 2 PLTW Engineering Assistant youth apprenticeships, on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019 at Thornley (Main) Campus in the College Center, bldg. 920,  from 9 a.m. to noon.

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Youth Apprenticeship Signing Day 2017Students, parents, teachers, and counselors interested in learning about youth apprenticeships are strongly encouraged to attend.

Informational presentations will start at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Participating employers will also be on hand to meet potential applicants and answer questions. To read more about the Charleston Regional Youth Apprenticeship program, please visit this link:

https://www.tridenttech.edu/career/workforce/car_youth_apprenticeships.htm

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Military Magnet Academy Hosts “Rover Ruckus” FIRST Tech Challenge Season Kickoff Event

IMG_1883On Saturday, September 8, 2018, Military Magnet Academy’s “Robo Eagles”, along with “Rohming Robots“, MMA’s sister team, hosted the First Tech Challenge game season kickoff “Rover Ruckus!”

The exciting event was staged for competitive robotics teams from throughout South Carolina to kickoff the new season! In the 2019 First Tech Challenge season, teams will explore STEM concepts through a challenging, and out-of-this-world space themed game.

Lead event organizer and MMA Robo Eagles team advosor Ms. Carla Ferrette-Clark said, “This kickoff event was super exciting and informational!”

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  • Programming Options/Tips
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  • Design Process

Participating teams also enjoyed a group collaborative activity, “how to make toast” to showcase their critical thinking skills.

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7 robotics teams in all participated with a total of 74 registered guest.
Ms. Ferrette-Clark shared a special thanks to a member of the CCSD CTE Support Team for their support, “I would like to thank Ms. Tralice Reddock, one of our CTE District Representatives for coming by to see what the Rover Ruckus was all about!”

Also, Ms. Farrette- Clark shared her thanks for 2 Military Magnet students that helped with concession sales during the robotics season kickoff: Lalove Shine & Joshua Brooks.

Thanks to everyone that made this robotics event possible for students from Military Magnet Academy, as well as students from 6 other participating teams!