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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:

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Engineering Students from C. E. Williams Middle Visit Urban Electric Company’s Manufacturing Facility

June 1, 2015 – North Charleston, SC – Students from Mr. John Shell’s Gateway to Technology program at C. E. Williams Middle School in West Ashley enjoyed an interactive visit to a lighting fixture manufacturer, The Urban Electric Company on the old Navy Base today!

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Based here in North Charleston, The Urban Electric Company services an international clientele of interior designers and architects with a full collection of both interior and exterior fixtures as well as one of the most extensive custom offerings in the industry.

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Urban Electric’s lighting fixtures are predominantly hand made from start to finish – students got a first hand look at each step of the manufacturing process. Check out THIS VIDEO!

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Students also got to meet with designers and engineers at Urban Electric Company today.

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Special thanks to Eloise Southard, Tim Bazzle, Bill Macek, and everyone at Urban Electric for hosting the students today!

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Sanders-Clyde 8th Graders Visit Local Volvo-BMW-Mini Dealership

May 28, 2015 – Charleston, SC  – Career exploration was the topic of the day for 30 Sanders-Clyde Creative Arts School 8th graders preparing to matriculate to high school this fall.

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The students were treated to a behind the scenes tour of the Rick Hendrick Volvo, Mini, and BMW showrooms and service departments on Savannah Highway.

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They got to hear from professionals including team members from parts & service, sales, and marketing departments.

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Thank you to the wonderful team at Rick Hendrick Volvo, Mini and BMW of Charleston for hosting students from Sanders-Clyde today!

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Additional pictures from today’s tour:

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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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Lowcountry Tech Academy Offering 11 Summer Camps for Middle & High School Students

Lowcountry Tech Academy has an impressive selection of summer camp opportunities for middle and high school students for Summer 2015!

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  • 2 sessions of IT Fundamentals Camps
  • 2 sessions of Innovative Graphics Camp
  • 2 sessions of Code Camp
  • Entrepreneurship Camp
  • IT Girls Camp
  • Advanced Robotics Camp

LTA CAMPS SCHEDULE  /  LTA CAMPS FLYER

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR LTA CAMPS

 

Two additional options at LTA this Summer: 

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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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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