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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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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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Culinary Arts Students from Military Magnet Academy Explore Careers at Wild Dunes Resort

Chef Kimberly Ortego, Culinary Arts instructor & CTE Department Chair at Military Magnet Academy provided the following summary of her students’ recent work-based learning visit to Wild Dunes Resort on Isle of Palms.

This work-based learning opportunity is possible thanks to the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce Career Academy program which encouraged and facilitates business partner support for CCSD high schools!

 

Students started their tour at the Market area which offers apartment style lodging for families and has several shops & markets for any needs they may have while on vacation.

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Student walked through the retail shops and got to peek inside the luxurious day spa. Then they enjoyed tasting ice cream at Hudson’s Market.

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Students were invited to inspect the inside of Coastal Provisions Restaurant which overlooks one of the resort’s pool decks.

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Student got to meet the staff at Coastal Provisions and enjoyed “mocktails” mixed to order while the discussed proper customer service techniques.
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Students got to go behind the scenes in the housekeeping department at the resort.  They met with a very experienced employee that showed them how to make the towel “art” each guest receives during their stay on property.
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Students learned how to make a swan and a lotus flower out of towels. The housekeeping team explained their responsibilities and how they manage over 500 rooms daily, ranging from box style hotel rooms, to apartment style rooms, and homes that accommodate anywhere from 5-10 guests.
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Thanks to the whole team at Wild Dunes for being such a wonderful Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce Career Academy partner, and making this amazing work-based learning opportunity possible for our students!

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Zucker Middle School Students Practice Professional Skills through Special Breast Cancer Awareness Project

20181026_141637Students at Zucker Middle School learned about Breast Cancer Awareness throughout the month of October. They completed a special display for their classroom door and worked in groups to research and discuss the disease.

Using Google Slides, each small group shared what they learned from their research. This project-based learning opportunity allowed the students to practice healthy teamwork and communication, and sharpened their presentation skills.

To complete the experience, students designed cards with individual messages written to breast cancer patients. Their teacher, Mrs. Kylene Gerideau-Grant delivered all the cards to Roper St. Francis’ Charleston Hematology & Oncology Associates offices in West Ashley. The head nurse was touched by the kind gesture and the messages from the students. She also remarked on the students’ design abilities.  She promised to ensure their patients will receive the cards to aid in lifting their spirits.

Thanks to everyone that helped make this rich experience possible for our students!

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Students from North Charleston High School Hosted by Women in Homeland Security for Airport Security Tour

October 24, 2018 – North Charleston, SC – 6 students from  North Charleston High School participated in a work-based learning field-trip to Charleston International Airport. The experience was hosted by Women in Homeland Security.A5DeAnjula Knight, Abriona Lockwood, Tiffany Smalls, Daijha Ackerman, Joemal Murphy, and Stella King all got to see behind the scenes of an airport security checkpoint as passengers and their belongings were screened.

A3The students learned about the modern technologies used to ensure public safety and the procedures used by TSA to determine and thwart threats.

Each student got to try on a bomb suit worn by bomb squads, and observe explosive sniffing dogs at work.a2 nchs airport 1

Special thanks to Beverly Wilkes with the Transportation Security Administration and Department of Homeland Security for organizing this wonderful learning experience for our scholars from North Charleston High School!

 

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Students from School of the Arts and Academic Magnet Participate in Midway Physics Day at State Fair

physics 2Students from Academic Magnet HS and Charleston County School of the Arts recently attended a special event called “Midway Physics Day” at the SC State Fair in Columbia in cooperation with the University of South Carolina.

“Students logged scientific data on rides, participated in physics demonstrations, and met with members of USC faculty to talk about physics related careers. It truly was a great day,” said Kirk Lindgren, Physics Teacher at Charleston County School of the Arts and group chaperone.

Thanks to all that made this terrific career exploration opportunity possible!

 

 

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Feb. 2, 2019 – Youth Apprenticeship Information Session

Charleston Regional Youth Apprenticeships logoTrident Technical College will be hosting the annual comprehensive information session about Charleston Regional Youth Apprenticeships program, including 2 PLTW Engineering Assistant youth apprenticeships, on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019 at Thornley (Main) Campus in the College Center, bldg. 920,  from 9 a.m. to noon.

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Youth Apprenticeship Signing Day 2017Students, parents, teachers, and counselors interested in learning about youth apprenticeships are strongly encouraged to attend.

Informational presentations will start at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Participating employers will also be on hand to meet potential applicants and answer questions. To read more about the Charleston Regional Youth Apprenticeship program, please visit this link:

https://www.tridenttech.edu/career/workforce/car_youth_apprenticeships.htm

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