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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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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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Clemson Architecture Center in Charleston Hosts Summer Career Camp for CCSD High School Students

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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.

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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.IMG_3167

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!

 

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Students from Wando High and Several CCSD Middle Schools Participate in Palmetto Cyber Defense Competition

The Palmetto Cyber Defense Competition (PCDC) is staged each spring by volunteers from SPAWAR in collaboration with the South Carolina Lowcountry Chapter of the Armed Forces Communications Electronics Association (AFCEA).

The goal of the event, started in 2013, is to energize middle and high schools, colleges, and their students to focus on the development of technical skills in the area of networking and cyber security that will help in preparations for exciting careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

This year’s PCDC event was held April 8th at Trident Technical College.

  • Eight teams of six members each operate a live network and protect it from real hackers with the help of a SPAWAR mentor
  • Mentors work with students in the areas of networking, risk mitigation and operating systems
  • Creates awareness of the Information Assurance/Cyber Security profession
  • Fosters teamwork and opportunities for leadership and crisis management
  • Creates an opportunity for SPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic and its Corporate Partners to see South Carolina’s finest STEM students in action

“Students from Wando’s Cyber Defense Team 1 truly enjoyed the event”, reported team adviser and cyber security teacher Rae Ellen Greenberg.

Eric Holmi won 1st place in the high school PCDC-CTF individual high school competition!  The following Wando HS students competed in thePCDC Team and PCDC-CTF Individual (Computer Forensics) competition:

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  • Noah Wright
  • Matthew Pitts
  • Hunter Ross
  • Morrison Baldwin
  • Alex Emory
  • Taylor Horst
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  • Justice Davis
  • Eric Holmi
And, this year’s event also included middle school students for the first time. Middle school students got a chance to see the event up close, meet professionals from supporting organizations, and participate in their own interactive activities.

Check out these pictures of our participating middle school students in action from the following schools:

  • Cario Middle School
  • CE Williams Middle School
  • Military Magnet Academy
  • Buist Academy
  • Laing Middle School

Thanks to all the volunteers that made this event possible again this year, especially SPAWAR volunteerss and AFCEA members, and to Trident Technical College for hosting! Thanks to ECPI University for supporting the teachers that chaperoned this event the Saturday before spring break! Read more about the event here on the PDCD website and in the excellent Charleston Regional Business Journal article.

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Celebrity Chef from Latvia Provides Cooking Demo for Military Magnet Academy Culinary Students

Students in Chef Kim Ortego’s Culinary Arts CTE Program at Military Magnet Academy were treated to a visit from a celebrity chef from Latvia on Tuesday, March 28th!

Chef Karlis Visockis provided an interactive cooking demo focused on European cuisine.

Stephen Wyatt with the CCSD Department of Communication put together this amazing INTERACTIVE PHOTO GALLERY  showing the unmistakable impact the project-based learning experience had on the participating culinary arts students.

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Special thanks to Chef Ilze Astad, Chef Karlis’ sister for organizing this experience, and for all she does as a strong business partner for Military Magnet Academy. Mr. Townsend, Military Magnet Academy Principal welcomed the Chef Karlis in the classroom.

Thanks to MMA Culinary Arts instructor Kim Ortego for all her hard work in hosting this opportunity for her students!

Here are more pictures – thanks to Amy Bruson, CTE Department Chair at Military Magnet Academy for sharing the pictures she took to add to this gallery:

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Students in Computer Science Class at Military Magnet Academy Learn About Networking from Local ECPI University Professor

Ms. Ferrette-Clark’s Exploring Computer Science students at Military Magnet Academy recently enjoyed a lesson on network cabling from a representative from ECPI University.

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Culinary Students from Military Magnet Academy Assist with Chef’s Feast Event in Support of Lowcountry Food Bank

chefs feastMilitary Magnet Academy’s culinary arts instructor Chef Kimberly Ortego and 7 of her students recently assisted with a large scale fundraising event benefiting the Lowcountry Food Bank called Chef’s Feast.

Students assisted with preparations prior to guests’ arrival alongside professionals from throughout the local hospitality and tourism industry. They also assisted with serving during the event as well as replenishing supplies as needed for various tables.IMG_3473

“This work-based learning experience was wonderful for my students”, said Chef Ortego. IMG_3467

“Thanks to the event organizers and the Lowcountry Food Bank for including students in this amazing event!” Ortego added. IMG_3455Read more information about this annual event here: https://www.lowcountryfoodbank.org/get-involved/chefs-feast  LFB logo

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Military Magnet Academy Students Begin Spring Internship with Lowcountry Food Bank

Four students in Chef Kimberly Ortego’s culinary arts program at Military Magnet Academy have started their spring semester internships at the Lowcountry Food Bank.

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“We’re so thankful to partner with the Food Bank again this year for internships” said Military Magnet Academy’s CTE Department Chairperson Amy Brunson.

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Chef Kim Ortego also expressed her thanks for the Lowcountry Food Bank offering this excellent work-based learning opportunity for her students saying, “The experience they’re getting through this internship will be an asset for the rest of their lives!”

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Thank you to all that made this terrific experiential learning opportunity possible for these 4 MMA students.

 

 

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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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250 Students from CCSD High Schools Provide Authentic Audience for TEDx Charleston Dress Rehearsal

ticket-banner3Thanks to the organizers of the TEDx Charleston for inviting students from local high schools to serve as their dress rehearsal audience for the event!

Students gathered at Charleston Music Hall Oct. 18 in advance of the 4th annual speakers’ showcase to be held the following day. TEDx events feature short and powerful speeches by passionate Thought Leaders predominately from the local community. The theme of TEDx Charleston 2016 was “Tipping Point”.

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In addition to providing an authentic rehearsal audience for the 20 speakers, students were also invited to tour the College of Charleston and have lunch on campus.

jacksilvermanCCSD schools that participated in this experience included: Burke HS, Garrett Academy of Technology, Military Magnet Academy, North Charleston HS, R. B. Stall HS, St. Johns HS, and Baptist Hill MHS.

One of the featured speakers for TEDx Charleston 2016 was Jackson Silverman, a 6th grader at Haut Gap Middle School that started a local nonprofit called “I Heart Hungry Kids.org.

What is TEDx?
TED created the TEDx program in the spirit of ideas worth spreading. TEDx is a far-reaching program of local, self-organized events happening on a global scale. These events bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxCharleston, where x = independently organized TED event. At our event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.

Learn more about the TEDx program!