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Palmetto Goodwill Empowers Burke High School Students with Professionalism Training

img_2682Student in Ms. Amanda Dukes’ Computer Technology program at Burke High School recently visited Palmetto Goodwill in North Charleston.

“Manish Mazyck, Director of Workforce Development at Goodwill, and her team gave us an interesting & “real talk” presentation about professionalism in the workplace and in job interviews” Ms. Dukes said of their visit.

“She showed the various ways Goodwill can help job seekers prepare & train, and gave us a tour of the facilities.” Ms. Dukes added.

The students were thrilled that Goodwill also provided each of them with $35 vouchers to shop for professional attire in the Goodwill Shop. Students left with some great finds, and plan to use them in their  mock interviews with Mount Pleasant Waterworks coming up soon.
“The students and I think this was an invaluable experience, and one that will definitely help them in the long run”, Ms. Dukes said of their visit. Thanks to the Palmetto Goodwill team for all they do for our community!
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West Ashley HS Engineering Students Visit Construction Site of Sk8 Charleston, New Skateboarding Park

On November 10th, students in Mr. Stone’s and Dr. Barbara Leonard’s Project Lead the Way Pre-engineering program at West Ashley High School got to participate in a Structured Field Study at the construction site for the new Sk8 Charleston skateboarding park.  The students were very thankful to get to wear their hard hats donated by Charleston Water Systems.
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“The engineering project manager that hosted the students at the site said she enjoyed being with such an enthusiastic group, a nice compliment for these future engineers.”  said Dr. Leonard.  “On behalf of myself, Mr. Stone and all of our students at West Ashley High School, we truly appreciate the many people that donated their time and materials to make this work-based learning opportunity possible”, added Dr. Leonard.
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Belle Hall Elementary’s BrainBots FIRST Lego Team Advancing to SC East State Championship

The Belle Hall BrainBots recently competed at the FIRST Lego League Berkeley Qualifier and brought home the first place award for Best Robot Design.

They also placed in the top four teams and earned the right to move forward to the South Carolina East State Championship that takes place in January!​

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Front row L-R:  Jay Mirman (5th grade- BHE), Conner Li (4th grade BHE), Charlotte Halford (5th grade, BHE)
Back Row L-R:  Ariana Lane (6th grade- Moultrie), Connor Kizer (5th grade, BHE), Claudia Mendez (5th grade, BHE), Allie-Grace Cross (5th grade- BHE), Sam Henshaw (6th grade, Moultrie), Jacob Olinger (5th grade, BHE)

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Students showing off their award after the event with their coaches: Eva Stratos, SAIL Teacher, BHES and Heath Olinger, Boeing SC Volunteer.

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West Ashley HS Nail Technology Students Visit Ashley River Creative Arts Elementary for Breast Cancer Awareness Month Event

Ms. Helen Shepherd’s Nail Technology students from West Ashley High School visited Ashley River Creative Arts Elementary School during a recent Breast Cancer Awareness event to provide nail services for all willing elementary girls. ashley3 ashey1
It was a great chance for the WAHS students to practice their craft and get to meet some younger students. The Ashley River Creative Arts students were thrilled to meet the big high school students!ashley2
Thanks to everyone that made the work-based learning opportunity possible.
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Venture Aerobearings Hosts Engineering Students from C E Williams Middle School for Work-based Learning Experience

20161102_124045_palmetto_commerce_parkwayThank you to the Venture Aerobearings team for hosting 40+ 7th graders from Mr. John Shell’s pre-engineering program at C E Williams Middle School in West Ashley for a site visit to their lean & clean manufacturing facility.

This work-based learning experience was divided into two days to serve over 40 students –
One group visited on Nov. 2 and another visited on Nov. 3.

Opportunities provided by Venture Aerobearings associates during the students’ visit included:

  • Learning about employment opportunities with the company
  • Understanding how the manufacturing process works
  • Exposing students to state of the art machines used to create
  • Relating classroom experiences with real world job experiences by using CAD Design to create usable working 3-D models
  • Competing with classmates in a team building exercise using STEM skills as well as 21st Century Skills to create a bridge model

Students got to meet with several  industrial technicians and engineers to discuss the pathways to a career in manufacturing. They also got an extensive tour of the manufacturing floor.

“My students were completely engaged the entire time; we will reference this experience many many times in our classroom”, said Mr. Shell about the visit.

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West Ashley HS Student and Marketing Intern gets Mascot Experience with Live For Wellness Chiropractic Center

wahs-lumbar-1Keith Williams is gaining valuable experience working as “LumBear” for Live For Wellness Chiropractic Center.

He is a Marketing Intern from West Ashley High School and attends events around town with Leslie Howard, Marketing Director, and Dr. Perdue.

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Thanks to Dr. Perdue and the entire team at Live for Wellness Chiropractic Clinic for hosting Keith for his marketing internship. The experience will be a highlight on his resume for sure!

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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!