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Students Compete at 2017 SeaPeach Underwater Robotics Challenge

logo_seaperchOver 100 students from throughout Charleston recently competed in the 2017 SeaPerch Charleston Challenge at the Danny Jones Pool complex in North Charleston.

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Teams from local high and middle schools designed underwater robots and competed with them in various challenges. Students were also judged on their poster and presentation skills, and an overall composite score determined the winner of the event for both middle and high school age students.

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Local schools competing included:

  • Buist Academy MS
  • C.E.Williams MS for the Creative and Scientific Arts
  • Charleston Math and Science Charter School
  • Laing MS of Science and Technology
  • North Charleston HS
  • Summerville HS
  • Wando HS
  • West Ashley HS

Mr. Jonathan Zucker delivered an inspiring keynote message before the competition began. He reminded students about the vast amounts of the seafloor that remain unexplored, and the potential discoveries that await mankind as we perfect our underwater exploration equipment.

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West Ashley High School brought home the overall 1st place trophy for the high schools division.

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Students from Laing Middle School were the overall winner in the middle school division.

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This event was made possible thanks to countless volunteer hours. Special thanks to the following list of leading sponsors of this year’s Charleston SeaPerch event!

  • SPAWAR
  • Little Caesars
  • Charleston Scuba
  • STEM Centers SC
  • NOAA
  • Homegrown Hospitality
  • City of North Charleston – Recreation Department
  • Charleston County School District Science Department, and many others!

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CCSD K-12 Science Curriculum Specialist Rodney Moore led the planning efforts and day of event coordination for this event.???????????????????????????????Thanks to EV Bell, Marine Education Specialist  with SC SeaGrant Consortium for her remarks as closing speaker at the event!

FINAL RESULTS

Middle School Division: Overall winner to Nationals Laing MS Team # 6

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1st- Laing Ms #6
2nd- Buist MS # 13
3rd Laing MS # 5
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1st- Laing MS #6
2nd Buist MS #13
3rd Buist MS #21
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1st- Buist #21
2nd tie Buist MS #21, Laing MS #6
High School Division over all winner to Nationals West Ashley HS Team #17
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1st- West Ashley HS #17
2nd- Charleston Charter for Math & Science # 2
3rd- Charleston Charter for Math & Science # 18
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1st- West Ashley HS # 17
2nd- West Ashley HS # 7
3rd- Wando HS # 3
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1st- North Charleston HS # 24
2nd – North Charleston HS # 23
3rd- North Charleston HS #20

Please enjoy these additional pictures from the event:

 

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Middle & High School Students Visit SPAWAR for “Day at the Lab” Experience

SPAWAR STEMSPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic held its annual “Day at the Lab” on February 28th. Middle and high school students from throughout the Charleston region were invited for a behind the scenes tour.

Students were welcomed by Rear Admiral Lewis in the Command Briefing Theater. He described the many high demand, high wage STEM career opportunities in both military and civilian positions right her in Charleston.

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Students got to participate in activities like an Electrical Engineering Exercise using Snap Circuit Kits and an introduction to algorithms using a Rubik’s Cube.

Students also got an extensive facility tour including stops in the Anechoic Chamber, the Environmental Testing Lab, and the Digital Forensics Lab. They also got to see the Multidisciplinary Research Center (MRC) as well as climb the stairs to the the Air Traffic Control Tower Simulation Lab.

High school students enjoyed a special session on internship opportunities in Charleston and similar facilities throughout the country.

The students came back together in the end for a pizza lunch and a debriefing session with the amazing SPAWAR volunteer team that helped make this work-based learning experience possible!

Thanks to everyone at SPAWAR for hosting students from the Charleston region for the Day at the Lab event, and for investing in our future homegrown workforce!

Participating CCSD middle & high schools included: 

James Island Charter High School
Moultrie Middle School
North Charleston High School
St. Johns High School
Wando High School
West Ashley Advanced Studies Magnet School

Thanks to Justin Johnson from North Charleston HS and Tralice Reddock from the CCSD CTE Support Team for serving as chaperones for the participating CCSD students.

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Over 100 CCSD Culinary Students Attend Hospitality Career Fair Hosted by College of Charleston

On February 6th, students and faculty from the College of Charleston Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management hosted an amazing career fair at the TD Arena on Meeting Street.

Over 100 students from CCSD culinary arts programs attended. Paula Miller from SMG, the worlds largest operator of coliseums and convention centers, including ours in N. Charleston, shared a terrific lecture on soft skills, including best practices for resumes, interviews, and post interview follow up. She also shared proper communication etiquette.

After Ms. Miller’s presentation, students got to enjoy a special box lunch and then walk around to visit 40+ local colleges, restaurants, hotels, and attraction vendors seeking interns and employees.

Participating CCSD Schools included: St. Johns High School, Wando High School, Garrett Academy of Technology and North Charleston High School.

“For our high school students to get to participate in this event and hear from a soft skills expert was tremendous”, said Chef Twaler who brought his Wando High School culinary students to the event.

Thanks to all the local companies and colleges that participated, and thanks to Jeremy Clement, Wayne Smith, and all the faculty, volunteers and students from College of Charleston for including CCSD students in this event.

 

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Junior Achievement Volunteers Visit Wando HS and North Charleston HS for National Entrepreneurship Month Programs

Two local entrepreneurs visited Wando High School and North Charleston High School classrooms recently to deliver Junior Achievement lessons.

At Wando HS, entrepreneurship instructor Mr. David Fralix welcomed Mr. Earl Bridges of Good Done Great and 4Good.org to his classroom.

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And, at North Charleston HS, entrepreneurship instructor Ms. Carolyn Southall welcomed Ms. Julie Moreland, CEO at Vizbii International to her classroom.

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“We can’t thank these two JA volunteers enough for the wonderful support, enthusiasm, and encouragement they brought to our Lowcountry Classrooms in November for National Entrepreneur Month.” said Mrs. Jeni Rone Becker, Junior Achievement’s Lowcountry Area Director.

Thanks to all that made this structure guest speaking visit possible for two CCSD CTE classrooms!

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North Charleston HS Engineering Students Design and Build Practice Space for Underwater Robotics Team

Mr. Justin Johnson leads the North Charleston Project Lead the Way pre-engineering program and serves as the adviser for his school’s SeaPerch underwater robotics competition team.

After his students finished 2nd in the SeaPerch competition last year, the team discussed what they could do to come home with the trophy this year.

“They decided they needed their own practice pool right on campus, so they could have plenty of practice time with their robots and work out all the kinks”, said Mr. Johnson.

With the support of school leadership and careful planning, the students successfully designed and built their own training pool just behind the school this semester. The students designed the fence that surrounds the pool and hammered the wood in to place. They even designed a truss system for a roof, but decided not use a pool cover instead. They installed the pool walls and the supporting brackets, and painted the fence North Charleston High School blue.

The project-based learning experience incorporated math, engineering and structural design standards. “The students learned the spacing of each stud in the wall needed to account for the actual width of each two by four”, added Mr. Johnson.NCHS SeaPerch

“The students have a ton of pride in this practice space. They will be well prepared for their competition in March, and take away some important life skills from the fence and pool construction project”, said Mr. Johnson.

Watch Mr. Johnson’s pre-engineering students utilizing their new practice space in these videos:

 

UPDATE:

Channel 4 News will soon run a story on the North Charleston High School SeaPerch Robotics Team!

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Over 2000 Students Attend 2nd Annual High School STEM Career Fair

2016 STEM Career Fair BannerNorth Charleston, SC – October 27, 2016 – Over 50 companies from throughout the Charleston region set up interactive exposition style booths for the 2nd annual High School STEM Career Fair hosted by the N. Charleston Convention Center.

Special thanks to all the sponsors that made this year’s event possible, especially the presenting sponsor Charleston Regional Business Journal.

Over 2000 students from schools in Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties arrived from 8:30 to 1:30 for a chance to connect with the local companies they might find themselves working with, in the not too distant future, after graduation.

Each student received a bag when they entered the fair. Students also received a bottled water supplied by Kickin’ Chicken and a bag of chips supplied by Charleston Defense Contractors Association. Exhibitors’ and volunteers’ luncheons came from Kickin’ Chicken and delicious coffee was provided by Coastal Coffee Roasters.

Participating schools included:

Ashley Ridge High School
Baptist Hill Middle High School
Berkeley High School
Berkeley Middle College
Cane Bay High School
Charleston Charter School for Math & Science
Cross High School
Dorchester County Career & Technology Center
Fort Dorchester High School
Fort Johnson Middle School
Garrett Academy of Technology
Goose Creek High School
Hanahan High School
Haut Gap Middle School
James Island Charter High School
Lowcountry Christian Home Educators Association
North Charleston High School
R B Stall High School
St. John’s High School
Stratford High School
Summerville High School
Timberland High School
Wando High School
West Ashley High
Woodland High School

Participating business included:

ACE Mentors of Greater Charleston
ASHRAE
Atlatl Software
Banks Construction
Berkeley Electric Cooperative
BiblioLabs
Blackbaud
Boeing South Carolina
Briteline Extrusions, Inc.
Cane Bay HS Robotics Team 3940
Charleston County Government
Charleston Southern University
Charleston STEM Festival
Choate Construction Company
CodeLynx LLC
College of Charleston Computer Science Dept
Davis & Floyd
DWG Engineering
ECPI University
The Foot Institute
Hendrick Automotive Group Charleston / North Charleston
Immedion
Iron Yard
Knight’s Companies
Low Country Hypnosis
LowCountry Women’s Specialists
Maga Design Group
MAHLE Behr Charleston
Mercedes-Benz Vans
MUSC College of Graduate Studies
netGALAXY Studios
North Charleston Police Department
Nucor Steel Berkeley
Patriot’s Point Naval and Maritime Museum
Robert Bosch – Charleston
Santee Cooper
SC Society of Professional Land Surveyors
SCRA
South Carolina Aquarium
SPAWAR
STEM Premier
STEM Visions
Streit USA Armoring
Teachers’ Supply Closet
Trident Technical College – Cybersecurity Education
Trident Technical College – Workforce Academies
Vencore, Inc
Verizon Customer Support Center
Victory Solutions, Inc
Volvo Car US Operations
West Ashley High School Robotics Team

Thanks to everyone that made this wonderful event possible for the students in our community!

 

 

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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!

 

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North Charleston HS Student Meets Secretary of the US Air Force at SC Cyber Event

Mr. Ramon Lavender, a student at North Charleston High School was among the group attending a SC Cyber luncheon hosted at Trident Technical College last week.

Also attending from CCSD schools were Ms. Sarah Earle and Ms. Amanda Duke from Lowcountry Tech Academy and Mr. Darwin Shorters from St. Johns High School.

The Hon. Deborah Lee James, Secretary of the United States Air Force was the keynote speaker. She shared an overall update on the US Air Force and spoke specifically about the critical need for qualified cyber-security professionals in all branches of the military. She also mentioned the success of the Palmetto Cyber Defense Competition.

 

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“After her speech, Ramon was very interested in meeting Secretary James and waited patiently for his turn,” said Ms. Earle.

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The event was the first of many planned by SC Cyber, a statewide consortium formed to educate students, government officials and businesses on cyber-security skills that will create and attract jobs in the growing technology industry to the state.

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North Charleston High School CTE Completers Enjoy Special Recognition Luncheon

The North Charleston CTE Department, led by Department Chair Ladora Waters and CTE Administrator Vanessa Denny, hosted a special luncheon for “CTE Completers” graduating this year.

The students and educators, along with several guests from the district and community, enjoyed a taco bar and cupcakes.

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Each students was presented with their silver Completer Cord to be worn with their cap & gown at graduation, and a special certificate of completion.  ??????????????????????????????? IMG_2043 ???????????????????????????????
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Each of the NCHS students recognized as CTE Completers successfully finished four courses in their chosen CTE Program of Study, also knows as their Career Major.

 

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China Adams
Akira King
Italia Bennett
Dexter Middleton
Raven Bess
Tierra Sampson
Shelby Binnarr
Ashtin Stroud
Jeremiah Bolden
Shytra Brisbane
Kelcy Gailliard
Web & Digital Communications
Jaime Coakley
Shakeria Frazier
Shawna Ross
Business Information Management
Khala Jenkins
Kathleen Thomas
Family and Consumer Science
Kathleen Hines
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North Charleston HS Culinary Program Hosts West Ashley HS ProStart Competition Practice

The North Charleston High School’s culinary arts program recently hosted a practice event for the West Ashley High School ProStart team that will soon head to Dallas, Texas to compete in the ProStart 2016 National Competition.

Chef Jason Wheless and his state champion WAHS ProStart team ran through their entire process of food prep and plating. Chef Bill Twaler from Wando’s Culinary Arts program was also on hand to offer support and guidance.

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North Charleston HS culinary students are excited to start their competition journey next year at the regional event. They all volunteered to help clean the kitchen after the event.”It was an awesome day for our students, and an experience they will not soon forget”, said Chef Cindi Welsh who leads the NCHS Culinary Arts program.

“We are very thankful – This practice will help our team immensely as we look to bring home a ProStart national championship!” said Chef Wheless.

Thanks to Doug OFlaherty with South Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association for organizing the opportunity for WAHS to practice prior to their trip!