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CCSMS and Laing MS Capture Championships at 9th Annual Charleston SeaPerch Underwater Robotics Challenge

DSC_0897Teams from Charleston Charter School for Math and Science (CCSMS) and Laing Middle School beat out their peers in the 9th annual Charleston SeaPerch Regional Challenge to claim overall victories.

Team #4 from CCSMS and Team #16 from Laing are going to the International SeaPerch Challenge at the University of Maryland in College Park, MD June 1-2, 2019.

Thirteen teams from schools throughout Charleston County School District (CCSD) and the Trident region competed at the Danny Jones Pool in North Charleston using their underwater remotely operated vehicles (ROV) in two different events: a challenge course and an obstacle course. Teams also received scores on their Engineering Notebook presentations.

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  • Academic Magnet HS
  • Charleston Charter School for Math & Science
  • North Charleston HS
  • Summerville HS
  • Buist Academy
  • C. E. Williams MS
  • Jane Edwards ES
  • Pinewood Preparatory School

The following teams finished first in the three separate competitions:

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HS – CCSMS Team #3
MS – Laing Team #17

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HS – CCSMS Team #4
MS – Buist Academy Team #9

Mission: Rescue & Recovery
HS – CCSMS Team #4
MS – Laing Team #16

SeaPerch is an innovative underwater robotics program that equips teachers and students with the resources they need to build a ROV in an in-school or out-of-school setting. Students build the ROV from a kit comprised of low-cost, easily accessible parts, following a curriculum that teaches basic engineering and science concepts with a marine engineering theme. The SeaPerch Program provides students with the opportunity to learn about robotics, engineering, science, and mathematics while building an underwater ROV as part of a science and engineering technology curriculum. Throughout the project, students will learn engineering concepts, problem-solving, teamwork, and technical applications.

As part of the Charleston Navy Week celebration (March 11-15, 2019), Navy personnel participated in the Charleston SeaPerch Challenge as divers, judges, and team escorts.

CCSD would like to thank the many volunteers who gave their time to this competition, and to SPAWAR, the City of North Charleston, North Charleston Police Department, CVS Pharmacy, Charleston SCUBA, and NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) for their sponsorship and support of the Charleston SeaPerch Regional Challenge.

To learn more about SeaPerch, visit http://seaperch.org/.

Story written by Sully Recine, Public Relations Officer, Charleston County School District and also published here:
https://www.ccsdschools.com/news/what_s_new/c_c_s_m_s_and_laing_capture_championships 

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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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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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Middle & High Schools Compete in 8th Annual SeaPerch Underwater Robotics Challenge

logo_seaperchMarch 8, 2018 – North Charleston, SC – Middle and high schools from throughout the Charleston region and beyond participated in the 8th annual SeaPerch Charleston Challenge hosted by Charleston County School District’s Science Department at Danny Jones Recreational Complex in North Charleston.

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Students competed in a variety of events, both in the pool with the underwater robots they built and tested as a team, and in interviews with the judges on how they worked together to prepare for the event.

The staging of the event was a terrific success again this year thanks to CCSD Science Curriculum Specialist Rodney Moore, and an amazing group of volunteers from SPAWAR and other Lowcountry STEM Collaborative partners. Volunteer divers were in the pool setting up the course by 8am, and judges were briefed on their roles for the day by 9am!

DSC_1774The event began with a brief opening session, and then the competition was on for the students and their advisers that had worked so hard to prepare.

By noontime, the last of the ROVs had run it’s course, and the students, parents, and volunteers enjoyed some well deserved pizza for lunch while the judges tallied the scores to determine the winning teams for each event.

The overall winners for the High School and Middle School divisions will move on to compete in the International SeaPerch Challenge to be held June 1-3, 2018 at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in North Dartmouth, Massachusetts.

 

NBC News 2 Charleston was there also, and this report aired on the evening news:

Results and a gallery of additional pictures from the event are below – Thanks to all the business partners, community volunteers, educators, and parents for supporting this sensational project-based learning opportunity, and congratulations to all the winning teams!

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High School Division Overall Winner: Charleston Charter Math & Science

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Middle School Division Overall Winner: Buist Academy

 

High School Competitive Events
Obstacle Course
1st. North Charleston HS
2nd. Charleston Charter Math & Science
3rd. North Charleston HS
Challenge Course
1st. Charleston Charter Math & Science
2nd. North Charleston Navy JROTC
3rd. Summerville Navy JROTC
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1st. Charleston Charter Math & Science
2nd. Charleston Charter Math & Science
3rd. North Charleston HS
Middle School Competitive Events
Obstacle Course
1st. Buist Academy
2nd. Laing MS
3rd. Laing MS
Challenge Course
1st. # 9 Laing MS
2nd. Buist Academy
3rd. (3-way tie) CE Williams, Buist Academy, Charleston Charter Math & Science
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1st. Buist Academy
2nd. Buist Academy
3rd. Laing MS
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Inaugural Liberty Hill Community STEM Day Held at Felix Pinckney Recreation Center

On Saturday January 27th the first Liberty Hill Community STEM Day was held in the community at the Felix Pinckney Recreation Center.

Business, community and local partners all joined forces to educate the community on the importance of STEM for our scholars in CCSD and the community as a whole.

The event stressed that many industry which are moving to Charleston are looking for qualified individuals to work for them and the partnership with CCSD, the Charity Foundation, Boeing and other entities are committed to ensuring that there is a pipeline to prepare scholars for them if they so choose to pursue these careers in the future.

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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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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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Students Complete First Half of Summer Internships with CCSD Departments

It is the mid-point for 28 students working with Charleston County School District departments this summer.

They’ve all settled in to their roles working alongside district professionals in positions aligned with their future career interests.

To earn the available work-based learning course credit, each student intern must work a minimum of 120 hours, turn in a supervisor review at the mid-point and end of the summer, and submit weekly journals about their experiences.

Taylor Kahn-Perry, a rising senior at Charleston School of the Arts, submitted the following for her first week’s journal:

I started my internship with the CCSD Office of Strategy and Communications this Tuesday, June 20 at 8 a.m. My supervisor, Ms. Lauren Gandy, whom I met at our Orientation, was out of the office this week. Because Ms. Gandy was the only person I knew in the office before my first day, it caught me off guard a little bit to have no familiar faces in the office. However, everyone was warm. Mr. Andy Pruitt met me in the front and gave me a great introduction to the office, reminding me that internships are what you make of them. Ms. Erica Taylor took time out of her very busy day to make sure I felt comfortable, and Ms. Maggie Dangerfield helped me get started on my first few assignments.

I am looking forward to seeing Ms. Gandy next week, though, because it seems she has a more structured set of assignments for me ready to go. While I have spent this week working diligently to complete all my assignments, I want to focus next week on pushing myself out of my comfort zone. I want to, like Mr. Pruitt said, get as much as I can out of this internship by asking for new assignments when I have down time from a variety of people in the office. Everyone here does something slightly differently, and there is much to learn from everyone so long as I put myself out there.

I am very excited to learn as much as possible this summer, Taylor

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Taylor Kahn-Perry, left with fellow summer intern Latalia Brown, right.

Students from 8 different CCSD high schools are working in 17 various departments throughout the district.

Just before the Independence Day holiday, district staff including summer interns gathered for a summer picnic at the Bridge View Drive Operations Center. Student interns participated in the field day games and enjoyed the hamburgers, ice cream, and fellowship.

Check out these pictures and videos from the terrific day of team building:

Student interns were also invited to participate in a special round-table discussion to offer input on our schools to Charleston County Schools Superintendent Gerrita Postlewait. Check out these pictures and this article in the Post & Courier.  Thanks to the Strategy and Communications Department for these pictures from the Student Listening Session.

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27 Students Begin Summer Internships with CCSD Departments

Congratulations to all 27 students from high schools throughout Charleston County School District on their summer internships!

Each student went through an interview process and completed all required CCSD Human Resources requirements.

This past week, the summer interns participated in an Orientation meeting and a Student Retreat.

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At the Retreat, students got to know their fellow interns through various activities including a personality assessment. They also heard about best practices in the college scholarship application process from a former student intern currently in college on a full scholarship.???????????????????????????????NCHS ???????????????????????????????

Students from the following schools are participating in the CCSD Departments Summer Internship Program:

Acadmic Magnet HS 2
Baptist Hill MHS 2
Garrett Academy 3
North Charleston HS 3
R B Stall HS 6
School of the Arts 1
Wando HS 2
West Ashley HS 8

Thanks to these CCSD departments for hosting a student intern this summer:

Arts & World Languages: SMAART CAMP 4
Business Intelligence & Information Management 1
Capital Programs 1
Early Learning 1
Ed Tech 3
ESOL 1
Exceptional Children 1
Grounds and General Services 4
Human Resources 1
Information Technology – Help Desk 1
Mathematics Department 2
Middle School Learning Community 1
NCHS School Store 1
Nutrition Services 1
Office of Strategy and Communications 1
Office of Teacher Effectiveness 1
Procurement 2

Thanks to everyone that made this summer’s kick off week for the 2017 Summer Interns a success including Sandra Quigley in HR, Ashley Chambers from KRONOS Support, Burke High School for hosting, Carolyn Southall from NCHS, CTE Executive Director Richard Gordon, and all the CCSD dept reps that spoke at the orientation meeting with the student interns. Thanks to Doctors Care for their assistance with the TB test requirements for each intern.

Check out these additional pictures from the Orientation and Retreat meetings.

 

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Butcher & Bee Hosts North Charleston HS and West Ashley HS Students for Work-based Learning Visit

Butcher and Bee SignStudents from West Ashley High School and North Charleston High School enjoyed a wonderful field trip facilitated by YEScarolina to Butcher & Bee restaurant in downtown Charleston on March 30, 2017. 

The group for this structured field study experience was comprised of students from Ms. Eva Rutiri’s Entrepreneurship class and Fundamentals of Web Page Design class at WAHS and Ms. Carolyn Southall’s entrepreneurship students from NCHS. Both Ms. Rutiri and Ms. Southall are YEScarolina Certified Entrepreneurship Teachers.

Students enjoyed a tour of the facility and informative presentations from the owners, Michael and Melody Shemtov.

Additional presenters included an entrepreneur, Lee Deas, from Oblivouslee Marketing, a local business that excels in web design and public relations.

Just when the students thought the presentations for the day and concluded, they got a surprise visit from a Top Chef participant in Charleston, Sylva Senat (http://www.bravotv.com/people/sylva-senat).File_000(2)

My students had a terrific experience at the Butcher & Bee – we are very very appreciative of Michael and Melody Shemtov’s time.” said Ms. Southall after the visit.

“We thank Butcher and Bee for hosting us and serving us a delicious meal for lunch.” added Ms. Rutiri.

Work-based learning opportunities like these help ensure Charleston County School District students are College and Career Ready – Thanks to YEScaolina, the business professionals that invested their time, and everyone else that made this excellent field trip possible. Check out more info on this WBL experience here on the YEScarolina website.