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700+ CCSD Students Enjoy Screening of Hidden Figures Movie Followed by Panel Discussions with Local STEM Pros


Zucker picsFebruary 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.

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This was not the first Hidden Figures movie event orchestrated by local STEM Champions Ms. Radia HeywarMs. 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.

Boeing SC Leader Joan Robinson-BerryWhen 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: 

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  2. R B Stall HS
  3. Academic Magnet HS
  4. St. Johns HS
  5. Baptist Hill MHS
  6. Septima P. Clark Academy
  7. Garrett Academy of Technology
  8. West Ashley HS
  9. James Simons EMS
  10. Orange Grove MS
  11. James Island MS
  12. Jerry Zucker MS
  13. CE Williams MS
  14. Montessori Community School
  15. Cario MS
  16. West Ashley MS
  17. 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.

Read more from Live 5 News: http://www.live5news.com/story/34454797/berkeley-and-charleston-students-to-see-movie-hidden-figures.Volunteers for Hidden Figures Event

 

 

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3D Printer Donated By Boeing SC Provides Powerful Hands-on Learning for Jerry Zucker Middle School of Science Students

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.

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“It is amazing how this 3D printer that’s smaller than the HP printer on the same table can produce such terrific models for the students to see and hold.” said Mr. Fast. IMG_1017

“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.

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Successful CTE Professional Development Kicks Off 15/16 School Year

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

All teachers left with a special gift: a special back-up battery for their phone! IMG_2303

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Please enjoy this gallery of additional pictures from the event:

Zucker Middle Rookie Teacher of the Year Kevin Fast with students

Jerry Zucker Middle School of Science Names CTE Teacher Kevin Fast Rookie of the Year

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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!”

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Jerry Zucker Middle School Hosts Boeing SC Announcement; Receives 3D Printer for School’s Pre-engineering Program

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.
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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.
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It was after the formal announcements were complete that Mr. Conner pulled school principal Jake Perlmutter aside to share more good news: A 3D printer has been ordered and will soon arrive at the school!
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.

DSCN2795Mr. Fast echoed his student’s thankfulness saying, “We could not be more thankful for this modern tool for our classroom – it will spark ideas and reinforce the relevance of science, technology, engineering, and math for students’ future career success.”
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.
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Zucker MS Students Take Marshmallow Challenge with SCRA Volunteers on Day of Caring

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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

Be the SparkCaring. 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!