Military Magnet Academy’s culinary arts instructor Chef Kimberly Ortego and 13 of her amazing students recently assisted with a large scale fundraising event benefiting the Lowcountry Food Bank called Chef’s Feast.
Check out this slide show with highlights from the event prepared by Chef Ortego and her students:
To learn more about the Chef’s Feast event and the Lowcountry Food Bank, please visit this website: https://www.lowcountryfoodbank.org/give-money/chefs-feast/
Chef Kimberly Ortego, Culinary Arts Instructor at Military Magnet Academy arranged for 21 culinary arts students to visit the Culinary Institute of Charleston at Trident Technical College’s Rivers Avenue campus on Friday, February 2, 2018.
Participating MMA students got to tour of the culinary labs and classrooms, and were treated to a cooking demonstration on proper knife skills by Chef Ward Morgan. In addition, students had the opportunity to experience Relish Restaurant, the TTC dining room lab and enjoy beef bourguignon, caesar salad, and various desserts prepared by TTC Culinary Students and hosted by Chef Donald Barickman.
Chef Oretgo said, “The Trident Tech team is amazing, and the students were wowed by the whole experience, but the highlight of the visit was a presentation of $250 scholarships to 4 of our students that volunteered with a CIC fundraising event that took place on Friday January 26th!”
Latavia Colimon, Ja’Nyshia Lewis Johnson, Heather Washington, and Isaiah Ford volunteered, working in the kitchen, plating food for the patrons of the “Night in the Valley” fundraiser that raised almost $500,000 in one night for Trident Tech students and programs.
“Our students felt very appreciated for their efforts to support the recent fundraising event” said Chef Ortego.
The students were also invited to shadow college classes during their upcoming Spring Break and work right alongside other CIC students in the culinary labs!
“Thank you to that made this opportunity for our students possible! It was truly a great opportunity for them!” Chef Ortego added.
Congratulations 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.
The 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.
The 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.
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.
The 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. Students 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. 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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|
|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|
|Mediterranean Shipping Company|
|MSC Mediterranean Shipping (TTC Apprenticeship)|
|National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration|
|North Charleston Fire Department (TTC Apprenticeship)|
|North Charleston Police Department (TTC Apprenticeship)|
|Nucor Steel Berkeley|
|Pinnacle Construction & Directional Boring|
|Robert Bosch (TTC Apprenticeship)|
|Roper St Francis (TTC Apprenticeship)|
|Safran Electrical and Power|
|SC Society of Professional Land Surveyors|
|South Carolina Aquarium|
|SPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic|
|St Johns Fire Dept (TTC Apprenticeship)|
|Stier Supply Company|
|Streit USA Armoring|
|Transworld, Inc Electrical Contractors (Apprenticeships Available)|
|Tri-County Cradle to Career|
|Trident Health (TTC Apprenticeship)|
|Trident Technical College (TTC Apprenticeship)|
|US Dept of Agriculture|
|Venture Aerobearings (TTC Apprenticeship)|
|Verizon Costomer Service Center|
|Volvo Car US Operations|
|Zeltwanger CNC Mfg LP (TTC Apprenticeship)|
Check out this list of participating schools:
|Academic Magnet High School|
|Baptist Hill Middle High School|
|Berkeley High School|
|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|
Mr. 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.”
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.
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
Clemson Architecture Center in Charleston (CAC.C) hosted an Architecture Career Camp from July 17 – 21, 2017 for high school students from Charleston County School District interested in architecture as a career path.
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.
The camp was led by Clemson faculty member David Pastre, a licensed architect intimately familiar with architectural design in the Charleston region. Ms. Roxann Phillips, the architecture instructor and CTE department chair at Garrett Academy of Technology also helped lead the week long camp. CAC.C director Ray Huff led the creation of this work-based learning career camp for students to learn and explore, and hopes to expand the opportunity next summer.
Students received introduction to drawing and modeling methods, and explored the nature of scale, rhythm, proportion, context, and functional elements of architecture. Students were engaged in sketching, dimensional drawing architectural analogues, modeling both full size and scale modeling, and other exciting project-based learning opportunities throughout the camp hours, 8am to 1pm.
A downtown walking tour led by Robert Stockton allowed the students to see many historically significant buildings through an architectural lens. Students also visited local architecture firm LS3P’s Charleston offices and met with working professionals.
On the last day of the camp, students presented their designs for a very special project to be located not far from the building that hosted their camp. They showed off their ideas for a park and shelter that would serve as a trail-head of sorts for people walking the Ravenel Bridge.
Thanks to a wonderful partnership between CCSD and the CAC.C, there was no cost for students to participate in this career camp.
After this very successful pilot, plans are being discussed to expand the opportunity to more students next summer – Thanks to everyone that made this work-based learning experience available for CCSD students!