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.
Over 2000 students arrived on buses from throughout the Charleston region, one after another – these students were chosen by their school to attend the 3rd annual STEM Career Fair at the North Charleston Convention Center October 12.
Students got to speak directly with professionals from companies keen on doing their part to develop the next generation of high skilled talent for the growing economy in the Charleston region.
Thank you to West Ashley Robotics for providing the wonderful video above!
Hands on activities sparked conversations, and many students began professional relationships that could lead to a paid youth apprenticeship while still in high school!
Check out the list of participating businesses and schools below, along with a ton of pictures from the event.
But before the students began arriving, the day started with a special breakfast and panel discussion aimed at businesses interested in joining the regions robust Youth Apprenticeship program.
Ms. Carla Whitlock with Apprenticeship Carolina was the moderator and the expert panel made up of David Hall, Operations Manager for Environmental Express, Inc., Mitchell Harp, Dean of Apprenticeships at Trident Technical College, Karen Winningham, Senior Human Resources Specialist with Robert Bosch Charleston, and Curtiss Schall, a current apprentice with Robert Bosch Charleston.
Thanks to the following businesses that invested their time to make the 2017 STEM Career Fair possible:
(Companies currently offering Youth Apprenticeships in cooperation with Trident Tech identified)
|Accutec Industries (TTC Apprenticeship)|
|Berkeley Electric Coop (and TTC Apprenticeship)|
|Blackbaud (TTC Apprenticeship)|
|Boeing South Carolina (TTC Apprenticeship)|
|Build Your Career / CAGC|
|Charleston County Consolidated 911 Center|
|Charleston County Government (TTC Apprenticeship)|
|Charleston County Parks & Recreation Commission (TTC Apprenticeship)|
|Charleston Dorchester Mental Health Center|
|Charleston Southern University|
|City of Charleston Police Department|
|City of North Charleston City Planner|
|Cummins (TTC Apprenticeship)|
|Davis & Floyd|
|DC Machine (TTC Apprenticeship)|
|Embassy Suites (TTC Apprenticeship)|
|Floyd Brace Company, Inc|
|Greystar (TTC Apprenticeship)|
|Hendrick Automotive (TTC Apprenticeship)|
|Kiawah Partners (TTC Apprenticeship)|
|Leatherwood Manufacturing, Inc|
|Mediterranean Shipping Company|
|MSC Mediterranean Shipping (TTC Apprenticeship)|
|National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration|
|North Charleston Fire Department (TTC Apprenticeship)|
|North Charleston Police Department (TTC Apprenticeship)|
|Nucor Steel Berkeley|
|Pinnacle Construction & Directional Boring|
|Robert Bosch (TTC Apprenticeship)|
|Roper St Francis (TTC Apprenticeship)|
|Safran Electrical and Power|
|SC Society of Professional Land Surveyors|
|South Carolina Aquarium|
|SPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic|
|St Johns Fire Dept (TTC Apprenticeship)|
|Stier Supply Company|
|Streit USA Armoring|
|Transworld, Inc Electrical Contractors (Apprenticeships Available)|
|Tri-County Cradle to Career|
|Trident Health (TTC Apprenticeship)|
|Trident Technical College (TTC Apprenticeship)|
|US Dept of Agriculture|
|Venture Aerobearings (TTC Apprenticeship)|
|Verizon Costomer Service Center|
|Volvo Car US Operations|
|Zeltwanger CNC Mfg LP (TTC Apprenticeship)|
Check out this list of participating schools:
|Academic Magnet High School|
|Baptist Hill Middle High School|
|Berkeley High School|
|Burke High School|
|Camp Road Middle School|
|Cane Bay High School|
|Carver Bay Middle School|
|CE Williams Middle School|
|Charleston Charter School for Math and Science|
|Coastal Montessori Charter School|
|Cross High School|
|Cyber Academy of SC|
|Daniel Jenkins Academy|
|Dorchester County Career and Technology Center|
|Dorchester County Career and Technology Center, Trolley Road|
|Fort Dorchester High School|
|Garrett Academy of Technology|
|Georgetown Middle School|
|Goose Creek High School|
|Hanahan High School|
|Haut Gap Middle School|
|James Island Charter High School|
|Military Magnet Academy|
|Montessori Community School|
|Morningside Middle School|
|Northwoods Middle School|
|R B Stall High School|
|RB Stall High School|
|Rosemary Middle School|
|SC Whitmore School, Virtual School|
|St. James-Santee Elementary Middle School|
|St. John’s High School|
|Stratford High School|
|Timberland High School|
|Waccamaw Middle School|
|West Ashley High School|
|West Ashley Middle School|
|Woodland High School|
|Zucker Middle School|
Mr. Tremayne Smith, an educator from Daniel Jenkins Academy said, “The Career Fair was a great opportunity for our students at Daniel Jenkins to experience the various career options in the workforce. The exposure also generated interest in areas that our students may have never experienced or even considered. It is rewarding to see their interaction with the employees of the various companies and the way they handled the conversation.”
The event also included student led Robotics Team demos from:
- Team 342: Fort Dorchester High School “Burning Magnetos”
- Team 3489: Summerville/ Ashley Ridge High Schools “Category 5”
- Team 3490: Cane Bay High School “Viper Drive”
- Team 9623 West Ashley High School “WARP Drive”
Thank you to all the sponsors that enable this event to be staged at NO COST to our students – here are the event’s lead sponsors:
- Charleston County Economic Development
- Nephron Pharmaceuticals
- City of North Charleston
- Trident Technical College
- Charleston Regional Business Journal / SC Biz
- Apprenticeship Carolina
Please enjoy these additional pictures taken during the event – Even more pictures taken by SC Biz staff member available here.
February 14, 2017 – North Charleston, SC – Thanks to a hard working group of volunteers from local companies and organizations, over 1000 students were invited to a very special STEM themed event staged at a theater complex adjacent to North Charleston City Hall.
Students arrived by the bus load to an expo style event in the theater lobby where local STEM professionals from NUCOR, Google, SPAWAR, and others set up table top displays. The professionals shared the good news about high demand, high wage careers available right here in the Charleston region!
By 10AM, five theaters were full of excited students and the acclaimed movie Hidden Figures had begun. The wonderfully produced movie tells the incredible untold story of Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson – brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit around the earth, and his successful return.
This was not the first Hidden Figures movie event orchestrated by local STEM Champions Ms. Radia Heywar, Ms. Anishi Scott, and Ms. Jenna Richardson. With the encouragement of their employers, Ms. Heyward, Ms. Richardson, and Ms. Scott had staged an earlier event on a Saturday that was a huge success with hundreds attending.
When the movie finished, and while many eyes were still wet with emotion, the lights came up and students were treated to a panel discussion with local professionals like Ms. Joan Robinson-Berry, site leader and lead executive in charge at Boeing South Carolina in North Charleston and Mr. KaMar Galloway, local leader of Google’s CS First computer science program. Not only was the powerful movie discussed, but also the pathway available to students today and the career opportunities that await them in the fast growing Charleston economy.
Thanks to generous support from the Charleston Defense Contractors Association, students were awarded prizes in each theater when they answered questions about the movie correctly.
Students were treated to chicken sandwiches and pizza as they exited the theater thanks in part to the generous support from the City of North Charleston, including volunteers from the police and other departments. By 1:30 PM, the students had all departed.
Participating schools from Charleston County School District included:
- Wando HS
- R B Stall HS
- Academic Magnet HS
- St. Johns HS
- Baptist Hill MHS
- Septima P. Clark Academy
- Garrett Academy of Technology
- West Ashley HS
- James Simons EMS
- Orange Grove MS
- James Island MS
- Jerry Zucker MS
- CE Williams MS
- Montessori Community School
- Cario MS
- West Ashley MS
- Deer Park MS
Over 250 students from Berkeley County Schools also attended.
Special thanks to everyone that made this event possible, especially Ms. Rita Scott and the NYC African American Business Leaders Fund for the movie tickets, City of North Charleston for lunch support, and Charleston Defense Contractors Association for their support of prizes and other supplies for the event.
Using a 3D printer donated to Mr. Kevin Fast’s Engineering and Robotics classroom by Boeing SC, the next generation of Charleston engineers is getting powerful hands-on experience at Jerry Zucker Middle School of Science.
“We remain extremely thankful to Boeing SC for their support of STEM education at Jerry Zucker Middle School, and throughout Charleston County schools”, added Mr. Fast.
August 11, 2015 – Mt. Pleasant, SC – Seacoast Church graciously provided the meeting space for the back to school professional development for CTE teachers on Tuesday. With ample parking, a large space with tables and chairs provided, and plenty of rooms for break-out sessions, the location was ideal.
The day began with a keynote speech from new CCSD Superintendent Dr. Gerrita Postlewait. She shared her passion for Career and Technology Education and answered a number of questions from teachers.
Two local business partners also shared their support for CTE teachers – Brad Davis with Rick Hendrick Automotive Group and Jim Hirni with Anchor Sign company. Both professionals talked about their company’s critical workforce needs and offered to assist as needed to ensure students are ready to maximize the wonderful career opportunities available in the Charleston region.
After the morning plenary session, teachers cycled through 4 breakout rooms with presentations from the CTE Support Team members on CTE Data, Work-based Learning, Student Learning Objective plans, and many other important topics. CTE Director Ginger Reijners’ session was an overall update on the factors that will impact CTE this academic year.
Teachers enjoyed round table discussions over lunch from Chic-fil-A and wear treated to 5 Minute Foot Rubs thanks to the generous support of Anchor Sign!
After lunch, Robin Willis from the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce shared a presentation on the continued growth of our community. She also talked about the Youth Apprenticeship program the chamber is supporting along with Trident Technical College, all 4 local school districts, and over 60 industry partners.
At the end of the very productive professional development day, several teachers names were drawn for prizes – one teacher won a dinner for two at The Charleston Grill and another won a trip to the ACTE Conference in New Orleans in November! Other teachers won tickets to Charleston Battery Soccer matches at MUSC Health Stadium on Daniel Island.
Special thanks to Mickey Bakst with The Charleston Grill and Suzanne Brandon with the Charleston Battery for donating prizes for teachers attending the meeting!
Please enjoy this gallery of additional pictures from the event:
Congratulations to Mr. Kevin Fast, Jerry Zucker Middle School’s 2014-2015 Rookie Teacher of the Year.
Mr. Fast teaches Project Lead the Way’s Gateway program, an exciting middle school curriculum which provides students an early introduction to the principals of engineering
Through the use of robotics, 3-D printing, and other STEM related tools, Mr. Fast has captivated his students this year and positioned his program for growth.
Zucker Middle School Principal Mr. Jacob Perlmutter remarked, “In my experience, it’s pretty rare to have a teacher coming from industry and participating in the required Program of Alternative Certification for Educators (PACE) program to earn Rookie Teacher of the Year.”
Pelmutter added, “His transition to teaching has been remarkable – I am very proud to have him on our team!”
North Charleston, SC – December 16, 2014 – It was from the Jerry Zucker Middle School cafeteria that Ray Conner, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes announced several significant investments supporting children’s wellness in the Charleston region.The Lowcountry Food Bank received $100,000 to forward their mission, and Medical University of South Carolina will receive $5 million over the next 5 years towards the construction of a new Children’s Hospital and Women’s Pavilion. Local leaders including Mayor Joseph Riley, Mayor Keith Summey, and County Council Chairperson Teddy Pryor were on hand and shared their appreciation of Mr. Conner and the Boeing company for their generous investment.
In addition, volunteers from Boeing SC were on hand to ensure every student received a large bag of fresh produce to take home today for healthy snacks over the coming winter break.
Mr. Conner presented a picture of the MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer to Principal Perlmutter, and asked that the new equipment be used to promote STEM education.Later in the school day, the administrative team gathered to surprise pre-engineering teacher Mr. Kevin Fast and his students with the good news of a 3D printer destined for their classroom thanks to Boeing SC.
Pre-engineering student Toby Ryan Eller guessed correctly when Principal Perlmutter asked the students what they thought Boeing had given their classroom.
“I am very thankful Boeing has provided this 3D printer for our class – I hope to work there one day,” said Eller. “I plan to continue studying engineering next year at R. B. Stall High School,” he added.
Mr. Perlmutter agreed adding, “This investment in our pre-engineering classroom will fuel academic success for many years to come, especially with the continued time and talent invested regularly by Boeing SC team members in our school.”
The 3D printer will arrive at the school and be installed after the holiday break.
Employees from SCRA (South Carolina Research Authority) and CIS (Communities in Schools) spent the day at Jerry Zucker Middle School on Friday, November 14, 2014 as they participated in Trident United Way’s Day of
Caring. They installed a giant “Be the Spark” mural over one of the school’s stairways and painted “Enter to Learn” and “Exit to Serve” murals in the school’s lobby.
In the afternoon, they worked with Zucker’s pre-engineering teacher and his classes on a Marshmallow Challenge activity and also talked to students about careers in engineering and program/project management.
The Day of Caring at Zucker Middle was coordinated by Mr. Will Thompson, Zucker’s Communities in Schools Student Support Specialist.
Thank you to SCRA for donating all the supplies for the day’s activities, and thanks to all that made this terrific learning experience possible for students!