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Wando High School Students Present Business Plans to Earn Invitation to YEScarolina State Event

bria2Students in Mr. Fralix’s Entrepreneurship class this fall at Wando High School recently competed in the YEScarolina Business Plan Competition.

The final rounds were held on December 1 and 3 winning business plans earned cash prizes!

  • First Place:  Luke Sutton, Low Country Marine Masterworks, $250
  • Second Place: Bria Maiden: 3214, $150
  • Third Place: Maeve Cavenaugh, Freshman Fifteen Furniture, $100

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Students that placed First & Second at the school level will move on to compete against students from across the state at the YEScarolina event at the College of Charleston Tate Center later this spring.

Congratulations to the 3 students that placed, and all the students who presented business plans in this event!

 

 

 

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Military Magnet Academy Students Enjoy STEM Themed Event at SC State Fair

On Tuesday, October 17th, Mr. Blaney’s students from Military Magnet Academy attended a special event called “R.L. Childer’s Midway Physics Day” at the South Carolina Fair.

1017171142bThe work-based learning activities at this event were designed to enhance students’ understanding of physics, physical science, and life sciences, and the careers aligned with those academic subjects.  1017171153_HDRStudents were given the opportunity to select from various activities. They were invited to help build a working accelerometer, and several other instruments used by science and engineering professionals.1017171150 Students also got to practice processes of scientific inquiry to develop understandings of science content.  After participating in the lab activities and demonstrations, students were allowed to partake in the park rides and completed STEM-based activities involving the rides.1017171145

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USA Today Nominates North Charleston HS Digital Arts and Design Teacher for National Award

IMG_3680Congratulations to Ms. Cory McBee, Digital Art and Design Instructor at North Charleston High School on her nomination in the “Makers in the USA: Best Arts & Crafts” contest in USA Today!

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The nomination for Ms. McBee’s artistic work outside the classroom has been the talk of the school, and her students are voting daily in support of their teacher’s national recognition.

“Students have really gotten into the spirit of the contest, but more importantly, the whole thing has sparked some terrific conversations about the career opportunities for professionals with Digital Arts & Design certifications and college degrees”, said Ms. McBee.

“It was so flattering to be recognized for my work outside school, but my passion continues to be my amazing students at North Charleston High School”, McBee added.

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To learn more about Ms. McBee’s artistic work, check out Modern South Studio here: https://modernsouthstudio.com

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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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IMG_3714Mr. Tremayne Smith, an educator from Daniel Jenkins Academy said, “The Career Fair was a great opportunity for our students at Daniel Jenkins to experience the various career options in the workforce. The exposure also generated interest in areas that our students may have never experienced or even considered. It is rewarding to see their interaction with the employees of the various companies and the way they handled the conversation.”

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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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Burke HS Students Benefit from MUSC Grant to Increase Underrepresented Students in Medical Professions

Photo above: SC CURE scholars are presented with certificates at the End of Term Ceremony at Burke High School for completion of Part I of the SC CURE Spring course, which focused on Cancer Biology and Cancer Epidemiology.

Dr. Marvella Ford and Dr. Dennis Watson, and their team at the Medical University of South Carolina Hollings Cancer Center, have been working hard on an important project in direct benefit to students interested in medical careers in Dr. Michael Goler’s Health Science program at Burke High School.

The project is called: South Carolina Continuing Umbrella of Research Experience (SC CURE) Program for Underrepresented High School Students

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SC CURE scholar Ms. Christen (Samone) Carter learns clinical skills in the MUSC Simulation Lab during the SC CURE “A Day in the Life of a Medical Student’ event, co- sponsored by the MUSC College of Medicine.

Dr. Ford provided the following original plan for the deployment of the SC CURE program, and the selection of the scholars that would participate, in cooperation with many stakeholders – thankfully the student have completed the first year, and the second year of the program is presently progressing as planned in cooperation with Dr. Goler and others in the Burke HS faculty.

THE PLAN BELOW IS NOW IN YEAR TWO!

Aim 1. Deliver an annual 18-week cancer-focused course at Burke High School taught by MUSC-HCC scientists. Part I, Year 1 of the course will focus on general principles related to cancer biology and epidemiology. Part II, Year 2 will focus on cancer disparities and the social and biological contributors to these disparities as well as the research underway to address them.

  • Part I/Year 1 of the course will begin in January 2017 and will cover general cancer biology and epidemiology principles building and applying the Scholars’ knowledge from their basic biology and/or chemistry course experience at Burke High School.
    • Part I of the course will be developed during the Fall of 2016 by Dr. Watson working with MUSC-HCC faculty as well as with Burke High School science teachers. This will be essential to ensure South Carolina educational core competencies are met by the course.
  • Part II/Year 2 of the course will begin in January 2018 with a focus on cancer disparities and the social and biological contributors to these disparities as well as the research underway to address them.

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    SC CURE scholar Ms. Raven Rivers learns clinical skills in the MUSC Simulation Lab during the SC CURE “A Day in the Life of a Medical Student” event, co-sponsored by the MUSC College of Medicine Dean’s Office.

Part II of the course will be developed by Dr. Ford and MUSC-HCC faculty and will be a modification of an existing Cancer Health Equity Research Course that has been developed for the NCI R25E targeted for undergraduate students.

  • Scholars participating in these 18-week/two semester courses will receive didactic instruction at Burke High School, ninety minutes per day, from MUSC-HCC cancer researchers, who collectively will present interdisciplinary perspectives on state-of-the-art cancer science.
    • The course will include quizzes, examinations, oral presentations, group laboratory projects, and a capstone paper each semester.
    • Each Scholar will receive at least 15 MUSC college credits for successfully completing both courses.

Aim 2. Conduct a seven-week, hands-on research project experience in an MUSC-HCC laboratory or research setting during two consecutive summers.

  • Twenty rising sophomores and juniors from Burke High School will be competitively selected to participate in the seven-week SC CURE summer research experience which will take place over two consecutive summers.
    • The purpose of the SC CURE summer research component is two-fold:
      1) to expose and inform SC CURE Scholars about the many career options in biomedical sciences and the education paths to realizing these careers; and
      2) to convey MUSC-HCC’s commitment to apply science/research to address cancer and cancer disparities in the state.

Aim 3. Offer enrichment activities throughout the two-year SC CURE Program tailored to stimulate the interest of Burke High School students in pursuing a biomedical research career.

  • Spring Break Year 01 (Day in the Life). During spring break, the SC CURE Scholars will spend one day touring the MUSC hospital and research facilities and meeting with underrepresented graduate students from MUSC’s Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Dental, Health Professions, Pharmacy, and Cancer Biology/Graduate programs. Topics of discussion will include a day-in-the-life of an MUSC student, steps to take in high school and college, the college and medical/graduate school application process, etc.
  • The SC CURE Scholars will be divided into small groups of five and given the opportunity to spend an afternoon meeting with MUSC-HCC faculty scientists (physician scientists, population scientists, or laboratory scientists) in their laboratories or research settings with the goal of identifying their mentors for the summer research experience.
  • Examples of small-group experiences might include:
    • 1) meeting with an MD/PhD radiation oncologist and touring the state-of-the-art radiation therapy facilities where he treats lung and GI cancer patients and then visiting his laboratory where he is conducting research on the impact of smoking on cancer treatment outcomes;
    • 2) visiting the MUSC-HCC Genomics Shared Resource to observe researchers performing genomic profiles of patients and then meeting with a multidisciplinary faculty team that includes a bioinformatics specialist, laboratory researcher, and clinician to learn how these genomic profiles are driving the delivery of personalized medicine; and 3) meeting a biochemist who is working on the development of a new compound discovered in the Antarctic Ocean for the treatment of cancer using animal models and advanced imaging technology.
  • Cultural Enrichment Activity. As part of SC CURE program, each Scholar will also participate in a cultural enrichment experience at the Penn Center in historic Beaufort, SC, a Sea Island community. During the Scholars’ spring break in Year 2, Dr. Ford will coordinate this field trip, paid for by MUSC-HCC, and she will moderate a health-related dialogue between the students and residents of this Sea Island community. The mission of the Penn Center is to promote and preserve the history and culture of the Sea Islands.

Initial Program Participants

  • Sophomore and junior-level Burke High School Students
  • To apply, students must demonstrate an interest in pursuing a biomedical science career and have a minimum 2.5 grade point average.
  • The SC CURE student application will include:
    • 1) a brief written statement expressing their interests in biomedical research and/or cancer research;
    • 2) two letters of recommendation from teachers at Burke High School with at least one from a science course teacher; and
    • 3) copy of previous semester report card.
  • Ford and Watson and the Principal will assess each applicant based on these materials to determine the top candidates, including a wait list in the case of dropouts. If an additional level of review is required, SC CURE Program leaders will conduct interviews to make the final selections.
  • Based on this process, a cohort of 20 Scholars will be chosen to participate in the two-year SC CURE Program. It is expected that selected Scholars will commit to the entire two years. In the case of a dropout, students from the wait list will be invited to join the Program.

 

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North Charleston HS PLTW Aerospace Engineering Students Design, Build, and Launch Small Rocket

Justin Johnson’s PTLW Aerospace Engineering scholars at NCHS designed their own rocket using the “open rocket” program and a simulator to test and modify the design to ensure stable flight. Scholars then built their rockets from scratch using balsa wood, super glue and cardboard tubing. Scholars also learned the procedures of launching a rocket safely. Scholars dealt with a few obstacles during the design and construction process, but figured out solutions and they all had a successful launch.

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Military Magnet Academy Hosts FIRST Tech Challenge Season Kickoff Event

Recently, the Robo Eagles, Military Magnet Academy’s FIRST Tech Challenge robotics team, along with Rhoming Robots hosted this year’s FTC Relic Recovery Robotics kickoff!

“It was an awesome turnout of participating schools and teams”, said Ms. Ferrette-Clark, Military Magnet Academy Information Technology Instructor, one of the organizers of the event.

During the event, students engaged in the “Marshmallow Challenge,” along with breakout sessions on “Tips and Tricks” and “Engineering Notebook” which involves technical writing.

There were a total of 9 teams and 15 mentors participating.

Thanks to the following Cadets for sacrificing their Saturday to help out with this event:

Cadet Jacob Rowe, Cadet Khalin Brown, Cadet Diakiria Sangare, Cadet Rashawn Smith

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Student Run School Store at West Ashley HS Reopens After Renovations

This week marked the reopening of the Cat Shack at West Ashley High School, the student run school store that offers logo apparel, snacks, and other items for students to purchase between classes and at lunch.

The students operating the store are overseen by Mr. Terry Stutts, the Marketing teacher and adviser for the WAHS DECA student organization. The Cat Shack’s profits help students participate in DECA events at the local, regional and national levels.

The store recently got some welcomed upgrades, including a larger space and some new fixtures. IMG_0006 (1)

“The students welcomed the reopening of the store this week and sales were brisk – we’re very thankful to have these renovations complete,” said Mr. Stutts.

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DECA President Haley Bauer provided the following overview of the Cat Shack renovation and the impact it will have on their efforts to raise funds for the Career and Technology Student Organization:

“The Cat Shack is owned and operated by West Ashley High School’s DECA Chapter. DECA is a club that prepares high school students to be leaders and entrepreneurs is marketing, finance, hospitality and management. These students have the opportunity to take classes such as Marketing, Merchandising, Professional Development and Leadership, and Work-based Learning. All of these classes work together to manage and work in our recently renovated school store.

The Cat Shack now has new light fixtures, slat walls, display cases, and has been expanded. For the past month, employees have determined the store layout, merchandise, prices, and employees work schedule. Finally, everything has come together and the Cat Shack was opened on Wednesday, September 27th. All of the money earned from the store goes straight towards DECA needs. It is considered to be one of our biggest fundraisers. So. Wish us luck this year!”

The Cat Shack is well positioned for another great year of sales at West Ashley High School, but the real winners are the students that get to practice customer service and other skills prized by local employers!

 

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Military Magnet Academy Students Enjoy Visit from Boeing Professional Followed by Boeing DreamLearners Field-trip

Students at Military Magnet Academy recently enjoyed a special visit to their school by a member of the local Boeing South Carolina team, followed by a field-trip to participate in the DreamLearners program at the Boeing facilities in North Charleston.
On Friday, August 18, 2017, Mr. Gregory Elia, who serves as a Supplier Management specialist with Boeing SC and has a background in engineering, programming, and robotics, shared his story with over 50 Military Magnet Academy students with interest in pursuing careers in STEM related occupations.
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One of Mr. Elia’s favorite quotes is, “Another day in which to excel.” He shared that remembering this quote encouraged him throughout his college years. The students learned about the Boeing 707, the first passenger jet manufactured by Boeing, and the progression of Boeing jets that has led to the 787 Dreamliner manufactured here in North Charleston, SC. Mr. Elia also spoke with the students about the upcoming Solar Eclipse and the importance of being safe while watching it.
This visit by a professional from Boeing SC was in preparation for the students’ upcoming visit to the Boeing manufacturing facility. The MMA students were excited and ready to see STEM in action after Mr. Elia’s visit.

On Thursday August 23, 2017, Military Magnet Academy students enjoyed a Structure Field Study to Boeing’s campus in North Charleston, SC. The field trip was very successful and the students were extremely engaged and respectful.
Students participated in a paper airplane design & construction project. 30 students were divided into 5 teams of 6. Each team consisted of a finance officer, engineer, mechanic, materials manager, and a test pilot. After the teams had a chance to test and modify their planes, the groups gathered to see which plane would fly the farthest.
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Team 1 was the team that had the longest paper airplane flight! Congratulations to Malik Fleming, Ya’Nassia Hoskins, Damonie Stokes, Uriel Benitez Antonio, and Robert Hudson, pictured with there teacher MMA Ms. Ferrette-Clark.
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School of the Arts Welcomes Shoe Designer Roderick Pieters for Project-based Learning

Students in Caroline Baker’s Fashion Design & Apparel Construction program at Charleston County School of the Arts had a very special guest recently.

EURO Designer Roderick Pieters held a shoe design and construction workshop for over 30 students. Students used a variety of materials to design custom shoes to keep!

Check out these pictures of the students in action under the direction of Ms. Baker and Mr. Pieters.

This project-based learning opportunity was made possible in part by generous support from boosters of the fashion design program at SOA.