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Charleston Elks Club Hosts West Ashley HS and Military Magnet Academy Students for Municipal Job Shadowing and Special Luncheon

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Thank you to the members of the Elks Lodge 242 of Charleston for welcoming students from Military Magnet Academy and West Ashley High School for a very special career exploration experience on March 7, 2019.

Students gathered for breakfast and orientation at the Elks Lodge  before departing for their governmental job shadowing hosts for the day.

Military Magnet Academy students got to spend time at North Charleston City Hall. They were welcomed by Mayor Keith Summey and then were connected with various professionals with city departments to shadow until lunch.

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DSC_0097Students from West Ashley High School got to visit the Charleston City Hall and meet Mayor Tecklenburg in the historic City Counsel Chambers. They also got to walk across meeting street to meet Judge Irv Condon in the Charleston County Courthouse.

The students all returned to the Elks Lodge for a luncheon with Elks members before returning to their schools. The keynote speaker for the luncheon was Judge Condon.

Special thanks to Nanette Piccirillo and Jennie Sirisky for their help planning this amazing work-based learning experience for these students!

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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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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!

 

 

Military Magnet Academy Celebrates National STEM Day by Welcoming Guest Speaker from Cantey Tech

cantey_logoMilitary Magnet Academy celebrated National STEM Day on November 8th with an inspirational guest speaker from Cantey Tech Consulting.

Guest speaker Mr. Greg Peralta, Cantey Tech’s Vice-president of Sales shared information relevant to our Cadet Scholars’ success as future leaders, both professionally and as citizens in our community.  Mr. Peralta talked about his professional experience with the Cantey Tech Consulting team over the past 7 years, and relayed specifics about his career as a business development executive.

Canty Tech Consulting is a leading provider of technology planning and support services. This is the companies 11th year of operation with 6 consecutive years on the Inc. Magazine 5000 List of fastest-growing companies in the country. Cantey Tech Consulting has offices in North Charleston, Summerville, and Columbia. They also have two data centers, one in Ladson and one in Greenville. They support clients across the United States and in Germany by providing a nimble and effective IT support.

Ms. Ferrette-Clark shared the following about Mr. Peralta’s visit: “The students were engaged and continued asking questions after he left. One of my Cadets returned to my class and gave a heartfelt statement. He said the presentation Mr. Peralta gave inspired him to try and make his dream a reality by studying hard and preparing for the CompTIA A+ industry certification.”

“We are extremeley thankful to Mr. Peralta for investing his time and energy with our students at Military Magnet Academy!”, added Ms. Ferrette-Clark.

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Marketing Students from Military Magnet Academy Visit Local Marketing Firms

IMG_0502IMG_0496IMG_0505IMG_0499Students from Military Magnet Academy had the chance to visit two local marketing firms recently: Stingray Branding and Bernstein Lash Marketing in West Ashley.

Team members for the two closely related companies welcomed the MMA marketing students to their office and shared how they provide quality marketing, web site design and branding services to many companies, both locally and nationwide.

Thanks to everyone that helped make this terrific work-based learning opportunity possible for these MMA marketing 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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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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  • Engineering Notebook
  • 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!

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Clemson Architecture Center in Charleston Hosts 2 Career Exploration Camps for CCSD High School Students

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Clemson Architecture Center in Charleston (CAC.C) hosted two very special week long career camps this summer for students considering a career in architecture. These two camps allowed twice the number of students to attend this summer after a very successful pilot camp last summer. 

A total of 23 CCSD high school students completed the 2018 Architecture Career Summer Academy.  The first of the week long camps targeted rising freshmen and sophomores,  and the second week targeted rising juniors and seniors.IMG_5184

“The program was enormously well received by the students.” said Ray Huff, Director of the CAC.C.  Prof. David Pastre, assisted by Ms. Roxann Phillips from Garrett Academy of Technology, coordinated the two one-week programs.

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Students in the camps participated in many activities including fabricating a “concept room” from pre-cut wood, visiting the LS3P office in downtown Charleston, a walking tour of Charleston’s historic architecture, sketching concepts for various projects, using tools like a 3D printer and a laser cutter to create a model of their concept, including developing the design proposals for a small urban park that was reviewed in the traditional architecture jury format with many parents attending.

Students also got to visit Clemson’s new Zucker Family Graduate Education Center located on the old Navy Base in North Charleston adjacent to the Clemson University Restoration Institute, Warren Lasch Conservation Center and Energy Innovation Center’s wind turbine testing facility.

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“The goal in offering these career camps was to excite young students about the valuable role of architecture in our everyday experiences, so that they may consider architecture as a career,  shared Huff. “Even if they chose not to study architecture, the academy presented them an opportunity to develop an appreciation of good design in their lives,” Huff added.

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The camp was held a location that is still relatively new for the extension of the Clemson University campus in Charleston,  701 East Bay St. Charleston, SC 29403, also known as the old Cigar Factory building downtown.

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Check out these additional pictures from both weeks of this wonderful career camp – Thanks to everyone that made this amazing work-based learning opportunity possible!

 

Student Run IT Help Desk at Military Magnet Academy Celebrates First Year Success

Ms. Carla Ferrette-Clark, CTE Information Technology  Instructor at Military Magnet Academy provided the following recap of the first year of a student run computer & IT support team formed to provide assistance to teachers and students at their school.

The MMA Eagles Help Desk is our piloted Tier 1 support program. The students that participated in this program took roles as help desk technicians. They supported the faculty and staff at Military Magnet Academy with technical issues that ranged from smart board troubleshooting, printer jams, and school wide equipment inventory just to name a few. The students developed a website which allowed our faculty to submit technical assistance request tickets for tracking as well as customer surveys that would allow feedback to the students (Google Sites, Google Forms). The students were offered a real world experience through problem-solving strategies, critical and creative thinking, and communication and collaboration skills.

Participating MMA Students

  • Michael Archie
  • Khalin Brown
  • Benney Fernandez
  • Ernest Gentile Jr
  • Donald Lauer
  • Jacob Rowe

The program was establish through an agreement between Military Magnet Academy administration, Ms. Judith Wyndham, Director of Customer Support Information Technology (aka CCSD Help Desk) and Ms. Darcy Stewart with CCSD Information Technology.

Participating students had the opportunity to experience in-service training sessions on troubleshooting techniques and tips, mock interviews, and a host of other activities that would assist with increasing their technical skills.

We greatly appreciate the support given by our wonderful Technology Department and look forward to the future of this program. Last Friday, Ms. Wyndham, Ms. Stewart, and Mr. Welch came in to close out the semester with a session with the students on employability skills and a wonderful lunch for the students. The students were also presented with awards and recognition during our Annual Senior Awards Night

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Military Magnet Academy Students Get Behind the Scenes Tour of Citadel Mall IMAX Theater

CTE Business Education teacher, Amy Brunson, organized a structured field study for the Military Magnet Academy students on May 11, 2018 to the family-owned Stadium 16 movie theater at Citadel Mall.  IMG_1775
IMG_1776IMG_1777The Beyond Entrepreneurship students were given a tour of the facility learning about the computers, audiovisual equipment, movie screens, and IMAX format.

The management staff explained to the class about the various careers in a movie theater, gave student job applications, and encouraged them to apply for summer employment.

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The visit culminated with the Military Magnet Academy students enjoying a movie.

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