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Charleston Elks Club Hosts West Ashley HS and Military Magnet Academy Students for Municipal Job Shadowing and Special Luncheon

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Thank you to the members of the Elks Lodge 242 of Charleston for welcoming students from Military Magnet Academy and West Ashley High School for a very special career exploration experience on March 7, 2019.

Students gathered for breakfast and orientation at the Elks Lodge  before departing for their governmental job shadowing hosts for the day.

Military Magnet Academy students got to spend time at North Charleston City Hall. They were welcomed by Mayor Keith Summey and then were connected with various professionals with city departments to shadow until lunch.

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DSC_0097Students from West Ashley High School got to visit the Charleston City Hall and meet Mayor Tecklenburg in the historic City Counsel Chambers. They also got to walk across meeting street to meet Judge Irv Condon in the Charleston County Courthouse.

The students all returned to the Elks Lodge for a luncheon with Elks members before returning to their schools. The keynote speaker for the luncheon was Judge Condon.

Special thanks to Nanette Piccirillo and Jennie Sirisky for their help planning this amazing work-based learning experience for these students!

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City of Charleston Mayor Welcomes St. Johns HS Students for Annual Job Shadowing Day with Municipal Departments

20190219_084639Students from St. Johns High School recently had the opportunity to shadow various departments in the City of Charleston.

This annual day of student job shadowing is organized by the Mayor’s office for Children, Youth, & Families.

Students arrived at Charleston’s historic City Hall and gathered in the City Counsel Chamber. Lindsey Barrios, City Docent shared the history of the many paintings and other priceless historical items in the chamber.

Mayor John Tecklenburg welcomed the students and challenged them to maximize their career exploration time with their host departments.

Following their job shadowing experiences, the students met at the City of Charleston Police Station for lunch and shared what they learned.

Thank you to the amazing team of municipal employees that make this job shadowing day a rich experience for students each year!

And, special thanks to Mayor Tecklenburg and Mindy Sturm for their leadership in making the event possible.

 

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St. Johns High School Students Participate in “Reality of Money” Financial Literacy Day Thanks to Heritage Trust Federal Credit Union

HTFCUStudents at St. Johns High School participated in the Reality of Money simulation sponsored by Heritage Trust Federal Credit Union this week.

This activity is an interactive educational program designed to show high school students how their financial choices can impact their budget and lifestyle.

Students received a character profile that outlined their income, credit score, marital status and dependents.

They proceeded to visit 13 activity stations where they chose a residence, their mode of transportation, insurance and much more. The students were also challenged with finding appropriate budgets for food, clothing, childcare and entertainment based on their needs and income.

Each station monitored by Station Managers to work with students to identify the best options for their individual situation and provide suggestions and guidance for areas of need or improvement. Once complete, students form discussion groups to share their experience and results with fellow students, faculty and volunteers.

St. Johns High School students thoroughly enjoyed participating in this program and an overall majority of participating students believed it to be beneficial to understanding how to approach their future financial choices.

Thank you to the Career Technology and Education Department and School Counseling Department at St. Johns High School for providing this opportunity!

Huge thanks to Heritage Trust Federal Credit Union and all the volunteers that invested their time and talent to make this event possible!

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Wando Advanced Robotics Team Ready for FIRST Robotics Challenge Competition

IMG_6537Wando High School is proud to announce that Wando Advanced Robotics has completed this year’s robot, Atlas, for FRC’s 2019 competition, Destination: Deep Space.

The senior and junior veteran team members, with the help of corporate mentors from IBM, Crunchy Data, and Indexic, took the lead in designing and building Atlas while at the same time giving the freshmen and sophomores hands-on experience so that they’ll be ready for the challenges to come.

None of this would be possible without the generous financial support of Bosch, Boeing, SPAWAR, ABB, and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. They make possible our students’ chance to compete in one of the most rigorous STEM competitions in the world.IMG_6572

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Lowcountry-Peedee Robotics League Tournament Causes ROVER RUCKUS at Military Magnet Academy

Special thanks to Ms. Carla Ferrette-Clark, CTE Instructor of Information Technology at Military Magnet Academy and FTC Robotics Team Adviser for submitting this report on the FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics League Tournament held February 2.

On Saturday, February 2nd, 18 FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) FTC teams from the Lowcountry and Peedee areas converged at Military Magnet Academy for the very first East SC FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics League Tournament. This exciting inaugural event showcased Robotics teams showing off what they learned and invented all season. The teams competed with their robots for an opportunity to advance to the SC State First Tech Challenge Championship. This is a tremendous opportunity for our Scholars and participants in the State of South Carolina, particularly as it relates to the future STEM workforce in the Palmetto State. As our guest speaker, State Representative Sylleste Davis said, “STEM is important to our Scholars future.” MMA had a packed house to promote the STEM initiative!

A little history behind FTC in the Lowcountry is each year FTC teams design, build, program and operate robots to compete in a head-to-head challenge with alliance partners. This year’s challenge is Rover Ruckus and league winners advance to the regional championships in Gaffney, SC.

FTC is a 7-12 grade competition which allows participants to apply engineering principles, build STEM skills, and exposes them to real-world experiences. Each team operates as a small business with the robot as their product. Team members function in different capacities, similar to a real job. Team roles can consist of programmers, designers, builders, safety inspectors, technical writers, pit crew, drivers, drive coach, and more. Guided by adult coaches and mentors, robotics team members also engage in other activities such as developing a business plan, marketing, fundraising, public speaking, and community outreach. Participants and teams can earn awards and are eligible to apply for $80M+ in college scholarships. Each season concludes with regional championship events and an exciting FIRST Championship.

In previous years, teams competed in one regional (state) tournament from which teams were chosen to advance to the FIRST Championship. For the first time this year the South Carolina FTC teams moved to a league format, which increased the number of matches, played, offered more opportunity to design and strategize throughout the season, and more opportunities to interact with local teams.

Out of 18 total teams, the Robo Eagles ranked 16 with 299 points scored. There was a total of 10 matches ending in the Robo Eagles being selected as a semi-finals alliance partner with the Ground Shakers but did not advance to the regional competition. Additionally, team member, Alexandria Archie, was nominated as a FIRST Dean’s List semi-finalist, one of four nominees for the league. We exemplified “Gracious Professionalism” while cheering our fellow robotics teams on to victory. This has been an exciting season thus far for the Robo Eagles and we will continue to grow and learn!

I would like to extend a special thanks to Ms. Lowman, TSgt White, Ms. Reed, and the Admin Staff for coming out and supporting the event. Our Senior Alumni who came from College to run the Eagles concession stand, and lastly, we would like to thank Ms. Sally-Ann Archie, a parent, and mentor, who has been an asset to Military Magnet with volunteering to help in any capacity and supporting our Robo Eagles and Cyber Security team.

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Publix Spotlight Career Cafe & Interviews at Burke High School

Students at Burke High School recently met with professionals from the soon to open Publix location on Spring Street in Downtown Charleston.

Participating students had the opportunity to learn about the high expectations for Publix  employees, and the terrific opportunities for training and career advancement available.

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The Career Cafe was organized by Mr. Alvin Lumkin, Career Specialists serving Burke High School and hosted in Mr. Roy Kemp’s classroom.

Thank you to the Publix team members that invested their time at Burke High School for this empowering Career Cafe event for students.

 

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Military Magnet Academy Students Get Hands-On with Race Cars Thanks to Universal Technical Institute Visit

Students from Military Magnet Academy recently got up close and personal with several race cars thanks to a parking lot visit by Universal Technical Institute representatives!

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Students enjoyed learning about the competitive cars and the programs offered by UTI in high demand, high wage careers.

Thank you Mr. Coull for staging this experiential learning opportunity at MMA for our students!

Thank you Mr. Lumpkin for sharing this CTE Student Success story from Military Magnet Academy!

 

 

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BoomTown! Hosts Computer Science Students from North Charleston High School for Career Exploration Visit

On December 5th, 2018, Ms. Crabtree’s Exploring Computer Science students from North Charleston High School were able to experience a very informative “Deep Dive” work-based learning visit hosted by BoomTown!, a local software company.

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Students received a detailed presentation on the features and benefits of BoomTown’s ROI real estate software, an explanation of the company’s core values, and a personalized tour of their modern workplace. Students also got to see Pacific Box and Crate, which is the name of the beautiful tech campus BoomTown! shares with other tech companies.

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Students left with a new vision of the 21st Century workplace. Thank you Nina Magnesson and the whole BoomTown! team for providing this rich career exploration opportunity for  North Charleston High School students!

Thank you Darwin Shorters for submitting this excellent CTE Success Story with pictures!

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Charleston Brace Company Visits 4th Grade at Mitchell Math and Science Elementary

IMG_0640The Charleston Brace Company team, led by owner Mr. Nathaniel Jackson, recently visited 4th graders at Mitchell Math and Science Elementary School.

Mr. Jackson and other professionals from his team provided several experiential learning opportunities for the students to better understand the service Charleston Brace Company provides.

“This career speakers’ message aligned with the students’ current course work on the skeletal system.” said Alvin Lumpkin, the Career Specialist that helped facilitate the guest speakers’ visit.

Thank you Mr. Jackson, and everyone that made this career exploration opportunity possible!

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Morningside Middle School Parents and Students Enjoy Special Saturday PLTW Gateway to Technology Event

teamworkStudents in Mr Glickman’s Project Lead The Way Gateway to Technology class at Morningside Middle School invited their families for a special Saturday morning build session!

Scholars led their parents through the design process they learned in their PLTW Gateway to Technology classes and showed off the projects they had been working so hard on in class.

Thanks to Mr. Glickman, and everyone that made this terrific experience possible for participating Morningside Middle School families!

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