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Over 2000 Students Attend 2nd Annual High School STEM Career Fair

2016 STEM Career Fair BannerNorth Charleston, SC – October 27, 2016 – Over 50 companies from throughout the Charleston region set up interactive exposition style booths for the 2nd annual High School STEM Career Fair hosted by the N. Charleston Convention Center.

Special thanks to all the sponsors that made this year’s event possible, especially the presenting sponsor Charleston Regional Business Journal.

Over 2000 students from schools in Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties arrived from 8:30 to 1:30 for a chance to connect with the local companies they might find themselves working with, in the not too distant future, after graduation.

Each student received a bag when they entered the fair. Students also received a bottled water supplied by Kickin’ Chicken and a bag of chips supplied by Charleston Defense Contractors Association. Exhibitors’ and volunteers’ luncheons came from Kickin’ Chicken and delicious coffee was provided by Coastal Coffee Roasters.

Participating schools included:

Ashley Ridge High School
Baptist Hill Middle High School
Berkeley High School
Berkeley Middle College
Cane Bay High School
Charleston Charter School for Math & Science
Cross High School
Dorchester County Career & Technology Center
Fort Dorchester High School
Fort Johnson Middle School
Garrett Academy of Technology
Goose Creek High School
Hanahan High School
Haut Gap Middle School
James Island Charter High School
Lowcountry Christian Home Educators Association
North Charleston High School
R B Stall High School
St. John’s High School
Stratford High School
Summerville High School
Timberland High School
Wando High School
West Ashley High
Woodland High School

Participating business included:

ACE Mentors of Greater Charleston
ASHRAE
Atlatl Software
Banks Construction
Berkeley Electric Cooperative
BiblioLabs
Blackbaud
Boeing South Carolina
Briteline Extrusions, Inc.
Cane Bay HS Robotics Team 3940
Charleston County Government
Charleston Southern University
Charleston STEM Festival
Choate Construction Company
CodeLynx LLC
College of Charleston Computer Science Dept
Davis & Floyd
DWG Engineering
ECPI University
The Foot Institute
Hendrick Automotive Group Charleston / North Charleston
Immedion
Iron Yard
Knight’s Companies
Low Country Hypnosis
LowCountry Women’s Specialists
Maga Design Group
MAHLE Behr Charleston
Mercedes-Benz Vans
MUSC College of Graduate Studies
netGALAXY Studios
North Charleston Police Department
Nucor Steel Berkeley
Patriot’s Point Naval and Maritime Museum
Robert Bosch – Charleston
Santee Cooper
SC Society of Professional Land Surveyors
SCRA
South Carolina Aquarium
SPAWAR
STEM Premier
STEM Visions
Streit USA Armoring
Teachers’ Supply Closet
Trident Technical College – Cybersecurity Education
Trident Technical College – Workforce Academies
Vencore, Inc
Verizon Customer Support Center
Victory Solutions, Inc
Volvo Car US Operations
West Ashley High School Robotics Team

Thanks to everyone that made this wonderful event possible for the students in our community!

 

 

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Clemson Engineering Hosts EMAG!NE Design Challenge for Middle School Students

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On Saturday, October 22, over 30 middle school students interested in STEM professions spent the morning with engineers from Clemson University for a very special EMAG!NE event at the SCE&G Energy Innovation Center at the Clemson University Restoration Institute on the former Navy Base in North Charleston.

Bradley Putman, PhD, an Associate Professor at Clemson and director of the EMAG!NE program served as the leader for the day’s interactive activities and facility tour. Graduate students, local educators and volunteers assisted and parents were invited to stay and “play along” in the interactive STEM themed activities. Students were recruited through the CCSD science department  led by Rodney Moore, and over 30 local students and parents participated.

The goal of the day was for students to learn about engineering and the opportunities of careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields. The students participated in a variety of  activities designed to promote creativity and critical thinking skills through hands on learning.

Students were challenged to program an Ozobot robot to meet specific challenge criteria.  The code was drawn with a series of color combinations representing commands.  The students enjoyed drawing the tracks the robots followed.

In another activity, students were placed in teams and instructed to design and build a device to launch a small ball a specified distance to hit a target using a variety of crafting materials. After the designs were tested and modified several times, the students competed to see which design could hit the target most consistently.

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Everyone enjoyed pizza for lunch and also got to take a facility tour.

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Thanks to everyone that made this very special event possible for students!

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Wando Advanced Robotics Team Excels at SC Robotics Invitational

Wando Advanced Robotics recently attended the South Carolina Robotics Invitational and Workshop (SCRIW). The team made it all the way to the semifinals thanks in part to their cooperative alliance with “Category 5″, the FRC team from Ashley Ridge and Summerville.

“Due to the diligence, ingenuity and work ethic of our students, we brought two robots and were able to give ten kids drive team practice under competition conditions.” said Ms. Giselle Cheeseman, English teacher and Wando Advanced Robotics team adviser.

Special thanks to FRC Team 4533 “WAR” Mentor Joe Holmes from SPAWAR for sharing these pictures and for all his support of the team!

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250 Students from CCSD High Schools Provide Authentic Audience for TEDx Charleston Dress Rehearsal

ticket-banner3Thanks to the organizers of the TEDx Charleston for inviting students from local high schools to serve as their dress rehearsal audience for the event!

Students gathered at Charleston Music Hall Oct. 18 in advance of the 4th annual speakers’ showcase to be held the following day. TEDx events feature short and powerful speeches by passionate Thought Leaders predominately from the local community. The theme of TEDx Charleston 2016 was “Tipping Point”.

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In addition to providing an authentic rehearsal audience for the 20 speakers, students were also invited to tour the College of Charleston and have lunch on campus.

jacksilvermanCCSD schools that participated in this experience included: Burke HS, Garrett Academy of Technology, Military Magnet Academy, North Charleston HS, R. B. Stall HS, St. Johns HS, and Baptist Hill MHS.

One of the featured speakers for TEDx Charleston 2016 was Jackson Silverman, a 6th grader at Haut Gap Middle School that started a local nonprofit called “I Heart Hungry Kids.org.

What is TEDx?
TED created the TEDx program in the spirit of ideas worth spreading. TEDx is a far-reaching program of local, self-organized events happening on a global scale. These events bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxCharleston, where x = independently organized TED event. At our event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.

Learn more about the TEDx program!

 

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MUSC Hosts Summer Nursing Career Camp for CCSD Health Science Majors

musc_logo_cwpThanks to all the terrific professionals at MUSC, especially the wonderful folks at the College of Nursing, for investing their time and talents in 14 rising seniors from Health Science programs throughout Charleston County School District.

CCSD Schools with students participating in this summer career camp included Baptist Hill MHS, Charleston Charter Math and Science, James Island CHS, West Ashley HS, and Wando HS.

Here are some pictures from the career camp:

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Digital Art and Design Students from Lowcountry Tech Academy Partner to Create 2016 C5ISR Banner

Lowcountry Tech Academy (LTA) began as technical career academy program in Charleston County School District and recently merged with Burke High School as part of a four academy campus.CDCA_logo

As part of the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce’s Career Academies workforce readiness initiative, Charleston Defense Contractors Association (CDCA) has been working closely with LTA students for two years in a variety of content areas including Cyber Security, IT and Digital Art.

The CDCA volunteers’ investment of time and resources has helped provide hands-on and programmatic assistance, including work-based learning site visits and a state of the art cyber security camp.  These real world experiences help make academic content truly come to life for students.

Last spring, students in the Digital Art and Design major classes worked directly with CDCA on a joint project to create banners for CDCA’s Mobile App contest. The banners were displayed during the C5ISR conference. Students discussed the project requirements with professional designers from Mag Design.

LTA Digital Art and Design teacher Julie Zeigler provided guidance as students crafted several working drafts. The design process continued and included meeting with the designers to hear feedback and gain suggestions. Students redrafted their designs, and finally a winner was chosen to represent the collaborative work of the students.

“The ability for students to work directly with designers and receive one-to- one feedback in a relevant setting that would be used in a real world application helped motivate students. We appreciate the opportunity for students to develop technical and 21 st century skills so valuable to employers”, said Zeigler.

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Summer Internships Providing Excellent Experience for CCSD Students

Congratulations to 25 high school students from schools throughout Charleston County School District working in their summer 2016 internships.

These students are earning a paycheck and high school credit while working in a position aligned with their career interests.

Thanks to the following summer 2016 internship hosts:

Internship Host Students Hired  School(s)
Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge 1 Wando HS (1)
CCSD Procurement 2 Wando HS (1) ; West Ashley HS (1)
CCSD SMAART Camp 5 Garrett Academy (2) ; R. B. Stall HS (2), James Island CHS (1)
CCSD Human Resources 1 Baptist Hill MHS (1)
CCSD Science Dept 2 James Island CHS (2)
CCSD Information Technology 1 West Ashley HS (1)
CCSD Personalized Learning 2 West Ashley HS (1) ; R. B. Stall HS (1)
CCSD Plant Operations / Facilities 2 Baptist Hill MHS (1) ; Garrett Academy (1)
CCSD Communications 1 R. B. Stall HS (1)
CCSD Federal Programs 1 R. B. Stall HS (1)
Lowcountry Tech Academy 3 James Island CHS (1), R. B. Stall HS (1) ; Military Magnet (1)
CCSD Ed Tech 2 R. B. Stall HS (1) ; James Island CHS (1)
CCSD Office of Teacher Effectiveness 2 R. B. Stall HS (2)
25 Total

Here are some of the interns at their orientation hosted by Lowcounty Tech Academy, at their work sites, and at the annual staff picnic and field games at the CCSD Bridge View Drive Operations offices just before the Independence Day holiday.

Special thanks to recent Baptist Hill MHS graduate and 2015 summer intern Richae Haynes for coming back to speak to 2016 interns at their orientation meeting – Best of luck at Clemson University Richae!

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ACE Mentors Banquet Celebrates Student Achievement at R. B Stall HS, St. Johns HS, and Lowcountry Tech Academy

ACE_horizontalStudents, parents, educators, and professionals from throughout the community gathered downtown at the Woolfe Street Playhouse to celebrate another successful year of ACE Mentors impact in CCSD classrooms.

The ACE Mentor Program connects Charleston area architects, contractors, and engineers with local schools for special project-based learning opportunities and field trips.

Three teachers welcomed ACE Mentors into their CCSD classrooms this year: Kim Pickett from R. B. Stall HS, Darwin Shorters from St. Johns HS, Michael Crosby from Lowcountry Tech Academy.

Each class came up with a project to design, and with the assistance of their assigned ACE Mentors, created detailed plans including material costs. Each student presented their part of the class project at the banquet. Check out the collection of pictures of their presentations in the gallery below!

The keynote speaker for the event was the Honorable John Tecklenburg, Mayor of the City of Charleston. He shared encouraging words for the students, and challenged them to continue their education to ensure Charleston’s future work force will be prepared to keep up with construction demands. Mayor Tecklenburg also thanked the volunteers that make the ACE Mentors program possible in our schools.

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Three CCSD students were recognized at the end of the event with $1000 scholarships to continue their education in college:

  • Abraham Montero – R. B. Stall HS
  • Danielle Newsome – R. B. Stall HS
  • Roxanne Archie – Lowcountry Tech Academy

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Thank you to Rob Turner, local chairperson of the Charleston ACE Mentors chapter, and all the generous ACE Mentors for their investment of time and talent in CCSD students this year!

 

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SPAWAR Hosts Local High School Students for IT Shadowing Day

Students and educators from throughout the Charleston region were invited to get an in depth behind the scenes tour of the Space and Naval Warfare Atlantic Systems Center, known as SPAWAR in Charleston.

Each participant received a badge and detailed instructions prior to their facility tour; “there are top secret missions underway behind the gates” they were told.

The day included on site tours of the Vehicle Integration Bay, the Electromagnetic Environmental Effects Lab, and the Air Traffic Control simulation and training center, which also happens to include the Meteorology and Antarctica Remote Operations Facility, where air traffic is controlled for the the South Pole!SPARWAR

Commanding Officer Captain Scott Heller addressed the students over lunch and encouraged them to persist through college to be best prepared for the many career pathways available at SPAWAR and throughout the world, both for enlisted military and civilian contractors.

Special thanks to the event organizers team led by LaKeisha Williams and the wonderful SPAWAR education team.

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West Ashley HS Culinary Arts Students Prepare Lunch for CTE Department Chairs Meeting

Students in Jason Wheless’ culinary arts program at West Ashley High School prepared and served a tasty lunch to Career and Technology Education Department Chairs from schools throughout the district.

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The menu included homemade chicken salad, croissants, pasta salad, fruit, and green salad. Fresh squeezed lemonade and freshly brewed iced tea complimented the meal perfectly, and freshly baked chocolate chip cookies and espresso brownies were served for dessert.

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Thank you to Chef Wheless and his amazing students for a wonderful lunch!

And, thanks to the amazing CTE department chairs for all their hard work ensuring their school’s equipment requests are properly submitted for the local plan!

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