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CCSD Teams Compete in SeaPerch Underwater Robotics

???????????????????????????????Teams from throughout the Charleston region, including West Ashley HS, North Charleston HS, Academic Magnet HS,  CE Williams MS and Laing MS competed in the annual SeaPerch underwater robotics competition at Danny Jones Pool in North Charleston yesterday.

The event was a terrific success thanks in part to an amazing group of volunteers from SPAWAR and other Lowcountry STEM Collaborative partners.

Thanks to all the business partners, community volunteers, educators, and parents for supporting this sensational project-based learning opportunity.

C. E Williams Middle School placed first overall in the middle school division.

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West Ashley High School placed first overall in the high school division.

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Here is a gallery of pictures from the day:

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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!

 

 

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HR Professionals Visit 8th Graders at Sanders-Clyde for Panel Discussion

Sept. 2, 2014 – Students in the 8th grade at Sanders-Clyde Elem/Middle School gathered this morning in the media center to hear from a panel of local HR professionals.

Panelist included Ms. Valerie Harvey from The Urban Electric Company, Ms. Leanne Burklow from LS3P Architecture Firm and Ms. Nancy Coker from SC Port Authority. Each panelist shared about their companies, and how they earned their current position.

They also shared insights on how students could be prepared for successful interviews, and be “self advocates”  ready and willing to take a leadership role in planning for college and career.

The morning panel discussion was organized by Corey Shaw, guidance counselor at Sanders-Clyde Elem/Middle School.

Special thanks to the HR professionals on the panel, Ms. Bobo, media specialist and Mr. Johnson, guidance counselor for their help with this Work-based Learning opportunity for these students.