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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.

The Charleston Charter School for Math & Science Team H2Oh! and the Laing MS Red Rockets are going to the International SeaPerch Challenge at the University of Maryland in College Park, MD June 1-2, 2019!!

18 teams from 9 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.

IMG_3164Teams from the following local school competed:

  • 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
  • Laing Middle School

The following teams finished first in the three separate competitions:

  • Obstacle Course
    • HS – CCSMS Shark Bait
    • MS – Laing MS Orange Dragon
  • Engineering Notebook 
    • HS – CCSMS H2Oh!
    • MS – Buist Academy Your Worst Anemone
  • Mission: Rescue & Recovery
    • HS – CCSMS H2Oh!
    • MS – Laing MS Orange Dragon

Event Overall winners: 

  • HS – CCSMS H2Oh!
  • MS – Laing MS Orange Dragon

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 also to thank the many volunteers who gave their time to this competition, and to 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.

A special thanks to NWIC (SPAWAR) for their continued partnership in hosting the Charleston SeaPerch 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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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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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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