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Jerry Zucker Middle School Participates in Cards for the Courageous Campaign

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The City of Charleston Mayor’s Office for Children, Youth and Families sponsored a community service project for students in the Charleston County School District.

The local project was called the “Cards for the Courageous Campaign” in which youth, ages 5-25, were asked to make cards for first-responders, military members, and veterans in honor of the September 11 Day of Service.

Three teachers at Jerry Zucker Middle School of Science, Ms. Michaels, Mr. Fast, and Ms. Gerideau-Grant, decided to collaborate on the project.  The middle school students in the Art, PLTW Pre-Engineering, and Computer Applications classes created original cards.

Thanks to everyone that made this project possible!

 

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Students Launch School Year with NASA Career Fair and Astronaut Visits

Article written by Sully Recine with CCSD Office of Strategy & Communications: http://www.ccsdschools.com/news/what_s_new/students_launch_school_year_with_n_a_s_a

On Wednesday, Aug. 29 almost 1000 Charleston County School District students from over 20 schools attended the STEM Career Fair where they saw demonstrations of NASA’s new heavy-lift rocket, the Space Launch System.

The event, hosted by Charleston County Government in conjunction with an event fostering partnerships with local businesses and NASA, allowed students to explore STEM-related businesses and participate in hands-on learning experiences and interact with NASA staff.

As part of the Career Fair, retired astronaut Dr. Don Thomas spoke to the attending middle and high school students and later in the week visited students at St. Andrews School of Math and Science, Angel Oak Elementary, Mary Ford Elementary, Sanders-Clyde School and North Charleston Elementary. 


Chad Vail, Work-based Learning Partnerships Coordinator, CCSD Career & Technology Education Support Team, said career exploration of this nature not only improve academic performance but improves students’ knowledge of career options during the critical years when they are also beginning to venture beyond the orbit of their parents.NASA

The students listened intently as Thomas described his time in space and the many space flight experiences he had. Selected by NASA in January 1990, Dr. Thomas became an astronaut in July 1991. Asked by a student what he took from those experiences, Thomas replied, “it changed me in two ways. I now have a keen appreciation for how fragile the earth is. And secondly, ask yourself how you view your place on planet earth. When I am asked where I’m from I say, ‘I’m from earth’,” he told the students. “We all are. We are all earthlings here and we all have to do our part to take better care of our planet.”

SPAWAR was one of the over 25 business vendors on hand. Kelly Thompson, Career Fairs and Career Academies Project Lead for SPAWAR said their participation in the Career Fair and similar events is for a number of reasons. “It helps not only in the workforce but in the community as a whole. But the goals is to get kids interested in science and math, and introduce them to SPAWAR and show them that this is a place that they can come and work locally. We want to keep kids in this area for our workforce.”

Their booth featured Meeper Bots which demonstrated mechanical engineering aspects of toys made of legos with blue tooth capability. The students learned about aero-dynamics, load and various aspects that in turn introduced them to the SPAWAR robotics program.

NASAWando High School 10th grader Ian Barrett was excited to attend the career fair with his engineering class and listen to a real astronaut speak about living in space. And while he has not yet determined his career path, engineering seems like a fun choice he said.

“This is an amazing opportunity for our community for collaboration and commerce,” said event organizer, and Charleston County Government Operations Officer Kevin Limehouse. “We feel this expo was more than just connections with NASA. It allowed like-minded businesses and organizations to meet and work together.”

 

Check out the gallery of pictures from the event below – additional pictures posted to the CCSD Facebook page.

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C. E. Williams Middle School Hosts SeaPerch Under Water Robotics Camp for Girls

Rising seventh and eighth grade girls from C. E. Williams Middle School participated in a special camp this summer.

Led by CTE educator John Shell, participating students got to design and build their very own SeaPerch Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV).

Thanks to the Shadowmoss Neighborhood Pool for hosting the students and their underwater robots for a SeaPerch style event at the end of the week.

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Successful Summer Camp at Buist Academy Encourages Female Students to Learn Computer Coding

Buist3Students participated in a whirlwind of fun, engaging, and hands-on computer science activities during the “Yes, We Code” Girls Coding Camp held at Buist Academy this summer. Participants had the opportunity to experiment with different computer programming languages, website development, game design and 3-D computer animation.

Students used CSS and JavaScript to create a website and silly wanted ad posters. They explored Blockly coding and even created their very own a Flappy bird game for their smartphone. They defeated enemies while learning python programming through educational “gamification”.Students also got to visit the local Apple Store on King Street where they learning about Swift Code programming, and even learned code that made their robots dance!

Thank you Pamela Rijo for sharing this CTE success story!

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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
Engineering Notebook
1st. Charleston Charter Math & Science
2nd. Charleston Charter Math & Science
3rd. North Charleston HS
Middle School Competitive Events
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1st. Buist Academy
2nd. Laing MS
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2nd. Buist Academy
3rd. (3-way tie) CE Williams, Buist Academy, Charleston Charter Math & Science
Engineering Notebook
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2nd. Buist Academy
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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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Morningside Middle School Students Enjoy STEM Showcase, Practice Computer Programming

Hr_of_Code1-USE2Morningside Middle School scholars had the opportunity to participate in STEM activities during the week long celebration of International Hour of Code. Ms Burns’ 6th grade Computer Applications classes joined scholars around the world to try their hand at coding.

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Early Saturday morning Mr Glickman’s Project Lead the Way: Gateway to Technology scholars at Morninside Middle School braved the cold to showcase their talents as designers, builders, and coders. Scholars displayed 16 robots that they designed, built, coded, and modified this semester. One group of female 6th grade scholars decided to redesign their windmill Friday and were completing the finishing touches and testing on Saturday morning before the Morning of STEM event began. As well as being able to tryout the scholars’ robots, families and the community also took part in the International Hour of Code, coding OZObots using color codes, and STEM activities including origami and LEGO balloon cars.

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Students from St. James Santee School Enjoy Guest Teacher from Jack Russell Coding School

20171121_080735 (1)Students from St. James Santee Elementary/Middle School in McClellanville enjoyed a special guest lecturer recently from the Jack Russell Software Coding School in Mt. Pleasant.

Tom Wilson, Founder & Lead Instructor from JRS Coding School encouraged students to learn by experimenting as he introduced a variety of tips and tricks for basic programming.

Using tools from the coding school, Mr. Wilson was able to introduce the foundational principals of coding, and demonstrate the power of being able to tailor a program for a specific project or purpose.

The students truly enjoyed the interactive lessons. “Every single student was inspired by the coding lesson Mr. Wilson shared, and ready to learn more”, said Ms. Lisa Farmer, the Career Specialist that helped organize the guest speaker’s visit to the school.

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7th Graders at Jerry Zucker MS Enjoy Special STEAM Project-based Learning Activity

Check out the creative towers Charleston County School District 7th grade students from Jerry Zucker Middle School Of Science built during a #STEAM (Science, Technology Engineering, THE ARTS, & Math) project-based learning assignment this week in Ms. Anderson’s CTE class – CHALLENGE: Build the tallest Free Standing Tower with 100 toothpicks and gummy candies.

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5th Grade Students at Sanders-Clyde Discuss Law Enforcement Careers with Charleston Police Lieutenant

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Lt. Middleton spoke with the 5th graders about regarding stand up for what is right and how she got into the law enforcement profession.

Lt. Middleton encouraged students to further their education so that could advance in the law enforcement. She talked about the career prospects and rewards, including average salaries for this profession in our state and nationally.

She covered the following basic ideals:

  • Law Enforcement Services workers protect lives and property.
  • Law enforcement officers have duties that range from controlling traffic to preventing and investigating crimes.alvin 1
  • They maintain order; enforce laws and ordinances; issue traffic summonses; investigate accidents; present evidence in court; serve legal documents for the court system; and apprehend, arrest, and process prisoners.

Thanks to Lt. Middleton for empowering the next generation to take a leadership role in their future success!