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Middle & High School Students Visit SPAWAR for “Day at the Lab” Experience

SPAWAR STEMSPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic held its annual “Day at the Lab” on February 28th. Middle and high school students from throughout the Charleston region were invited for a behind the scenes tour.

Students were welcomed by Rear Admiral Lewis in the Command Briefing Theater. He described the many high demand, high wage STEM career opportunities in both military and civilian positions right her in Charleston.

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Students got to participate in activities like an Electrical Engineering Exercise using Snap Circuit Kits and an introduction to algorithms using a Rubik’s Cube.

Students also got an extensive facility tour including stops in the Anechoic Chamber, the Environmental Testing Lab, and the Digital Forensics Lab. They also got to see the Multidisciplinary Research Center (MRC) as well as climb the stairs to the the Air Traffic Control Tower Simulation Lab.

High school students enjoyed a special session on internship opportunities in Charleston and similar facilities throughout the country.

The students came back together in the end for a pizza lunch and a debriefing session with the amazing SPAWAR volunteer team that helped make this work-based learning experience possible!

Thanks to everyone at SPAWAR for hosting students from the Charleston region for the Day at the Lab event, and for investing in our future homegrown workforce!

Participating CCSD middle & high schools included: 

James Island Charter High School
Moultrie Middle School
North Charleston High School
St. Johns High School
Wando High School
West Ashley Advanced Studies Magnet School

Thanks to Justin Johnson from North Charleston HS and Tralice Reddock from the CCSD CTE Support Team for serving as chaperones for the participating CCSD students.

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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:

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Moultrie Middle School PLTW Class Benefits from Statewide DonorsChoose.org Gift

About 1000 teachers throughout South Carolina got a terrific surprise yesterday – their Donors Choose classroom projects were funded by Charleston native and soon to be CBS Late Show host  Stephen Colbert, Greenville-based ScanSource and Share Fair Nation.

This gift of $800,000 and will go directly to specific classroom projects like this example at Moultrie Middle School in Mt. Pleasant: The Project Lead the Way program there got the VEX Clawbot Kits they requested!

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Check out the full story here: http://gsabusiness.com/news/54445-stephen-colbert-joins-in-funding-s-c-school-projects

 

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Google Partnership Propels Computer Programming Club at Moultrie Middle School

CS First Google logoStudents at Moultrie Middle School are learning about computer programming and coding thanks to a partnership with Google called CS First.

DSCN3388The computer coding club is in it’s 2nd year, and the growth in popularity amoung students has been terrific – in fact, demand was so high, they had to open three separate clubs.

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The Google Coding Club is a fun, social after-school club where students become comfortable exploring the world of computer science. DSCN3392

The club increases student access and exposure to computer science education while focusing on making apps and computer programs using Scratch software. The students enjoy watching their creations come to life. DSCN3391

Thanks to everyone that makes this amazing program a reality for students!  Learn more about Google’s CS First program here – http://www.cs-first.com/overviewDSCN3386

 

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Women in Charge Program at Moultrie MS Encourages STEM Career Exploration

Ms. Millibeth Currie teaches science at Moultrie Middle School and serves as Department Chair. She also proudly serves as the program director of “Women In Charge: Engineering Women’s Lives”

This award winning program brought home the Digital Innovation in Learning Award last year, and is empowering young women at Moultire Middle School each year with a passion for STEM.

Ms. Currie’s achievement in the classroom, and with her innovative program certainly are CTE Success Stories – just listen to the students describe their experiences in the video on the program’s website: http://www.womenincharge101.org/

Thank you Ms. Currie for all your efforts to incorporate project-based learning and work-based learning in your students’ academic experiences!

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CCSD Teams Enjoy Strong Showing in Annual Quest Academic Competition at Trident Tech

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Students from 42 public schools throughout the Trident Region battled for top honors at the 29th Annual Quest Academic Competition recently held at Trident Technical College on Main Campus.

Students participated in four levels of competition: Level I-grade 6, Level II-grades 7-8, Level III-grades 9-10 and Level IV-grades 11-12. Students competed and earned points in team competitions in math, science and social studies, and in individual competitions in composition, public speaking and visual arts. Schools whose students earned the most total points won overall awards at each level. Special competitions that did not contribute points toward the overall awards were held in automotive, computer aided design, computer programming, culinary, engineering design and construction, French, horticulture, Spanish, video/film and welding.

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Chef Bill Twaler, Culinary Arts instructor at Wando High School provided these pictures of his award winning students -

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Wando High School Culinary Arts Students Maci Brown, Lucy Williamson,
and Savannah Walker earned 2nd place in their Quest Competition!

Overall awards were given to 13 schools. At Level I (grade 6), Moultrie Middle School won first place.  At Level III (grades 9-10), Academic Magnet High School and Ashley Ridge High School tied for second. At Level IV (grades 11-12), Academic Magnet High School won first place.

Approximately 1,200 students participated in this year’s QUEST. The competition was developed by TTC to promote academic excellence, provide an academic challenge to students and recognize top students, teachers and schools. The 2015 QUEST competition was sponsored by The Post and Courier. 

This info is from an event summary posted on the TTC website here: http://www.tridenttech.edu/academics/quest/index.htm