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Morningside Middle School Parents and Students Enjoy Special Saturday PLTW Gateway to Technology Event

teamworkStudents in Mr Glickman’s Project Lead The Way Gateway to Technology class at Morningside Middle School invited their families for a special Saturday morning build session!

Scholars led their parents through the design process they learned in their PLTW Gateway to Technology classes and showed off the projects they had been working so hard on in class.

Thanks to Mr. Glickman, and everyone that made this terrific experience possible for participating Morningside Middle School families!

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Zucker Middle School Students Practice Professional Skills through Special Breast Cancer Awareness Project

20181026_141637Students at Zucker Middle School learned about Breast Cancer Awareness throughout the month of October. They completed a special display for their classroom door and worked in groups to research and discuss the disease.

Using Google Slides, each small group shared what they learned from their research. This project-based learning opportunity allowed the students to practice healthy teamwork and communication, and sharpened their presentation skills.

To complete the experience, students designed cards with individual messages written to breast cancer patients. Their teacher, Mrs. Kylene Gerideau-Grant delivered all the cards to Roper St. Francis’ Charleston Hematology & Oncology Associates offices in West Ashley. The head nurse was touched by the kind gesture and the messages from the students. She also remarked on the students’ design abilities.  She promised to ensure their patients will receive the cards to aid in lifting their spirits.

Thanks to everyone that helped make this rich experience possible for our students!

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Adriane Smalls-Owens Encourages Laing Leaders to Embrace their Culture

September 27, 2018 – 30 African American students at Laing Middle School gathered in the media center to be inspired by a leader in their community as a part of the school’s “Laing Leaders” program.

This special program was created to help close the achievement gap and foster a culture that rewards and values academic success among African American students who demonstrate the potential to achieve at a high level.

The first guest speaker for this school year was Mrs. Adriane Smalls-Owens, Youth Director of the Snowden Community Civic Association and the owner of the Pineapple Carriage, a youth development organization based in Mt. Pleasant.

Mrs. Smalls-Owens, who has a blended background in healthcare and community youth engagement, talked about her travels, the importance of owning your culture, and how doing so can be an asset in their academic development. She informed the students that her professional and personal experiences have placed her at the core of creating opportunities and developing strategies to unite Lowcountry middle school and adolescent aged youth just like them.

She had opportunities to master literacy, comprehension, academic achievement and skills of professionalism while leveraging healthier outcomes through workshops and out-of-school programs.IMG_6954

In the end, she challenged the “Laing Leaders” to embrace their culture, develop their “mental model” nurture their gifts, and  challenge themselves to maximize their potential.

“It was an honor to speak to the Laing Leaders,” said Mrs. Smalls-Owens. ” My expectation is that this group of students will further develop into intelligent, diverse and unique leaders, harnessing the ability to make leadership decisions based on various perspectives, to include acknowledging the culture of those they may collaborate with.”

Thank you to everyone that made this wonderful experience possible for the Laing Leaders group, and to Ms. Allison Hurley for contributing to this story.

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Clemson Architecture Center Welcomes Students from Morningside Middle School


September 21, 2018 – Clemson Architecture Center in Charleston (CAC.C) hosted several groups of middle schools to their beautiful facility at 701 East Bay Street (Old Cigar Factory).

Mr. Glickman along with Ms. Rivers  chaperoned a group of Morningside Middle School scholars on a very unique field study.Build11

Mr. Ray Huff, Director and Associate Professor along with his team delivered an interesting presentation for the future designers that was both informative and interactive.  A group of very talented college students currently studying at CAC.C assisted also.

Morningside MS scholars received an overview of program offerings and opportunities at CAC.C, including a facility tour highlighted by a variety of work-spaces. One area was a mock up of a room currently being used for a research project that will help surgical operating rooms become more efficient for surgeons.  This was a great opportunity for the young scholars to see the future of operating rooms in person.

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Working in teams,  Clemson students led the assembly of the pre-cut peices. The students helped identify necessary pieces, figure out how they fit together, and finally secure them with zip ties.  Thirty minutes later, scholars examined their two rooms put together without a single hand tools.

In the debrief discussion, students vocalized many lessons learned, including the importance of sketching for designers,  the value of different types of drawings, and the importance of creating technical documentation and instructions for the end user.  Before exiting the scholars deconstructed the rooms in a mater of minutes and returning the pieces to their original locations.

Thanks to all that made this amazing work-based learning opportunity possible for scholars from Morningside Middle School!


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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
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
Engineering Notebook
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.