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Military Magnet Academy Students Empowered by After School Entrepreneurship Program

Students from Military Magnet Academy recently completed business plan competitions in cooperation with YEScarolina.
Military Magnet Academy students formulated their business plans after school 3 days a week for 6 weeks. Their after school teacher Carolyn Southall said, “I am so proud of the students at the Military Academy. Their energy and enthusiasm for business was so refreshing.”
Here is a link to a story published on the LowcountryBizSC website: http://lowcountrybizsc.whosonthemove.com/yescarolina-reaches-title-i-middle-school-students-in-an-afterschool-setting/

 

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North Charleston HS Culinary Students Invest Time at Lowcountry Foodbank

Ms. Cindi Welsh’s culinary arts students from North Charleston High School recently got to spend time at the Lowcountry Foodbank. They enjoyed a facility tour and got to assist with some of the projects the foodbank undertakes daily to serve our local community.

Here are some pictures of her students in action:

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Charleston Area Students Enjoy Hands-on Learning at Inaugural STEM Career Fair

December 10, 2015 – Charleston, SC – Approximately 1000 students from throughout the Charleston region attended the inaugural High School STEM Career Fair held at Exchange Park Fairgrounds in Ladson. Career Fair header

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Over 40 local companies brought interactive exhibits with a goal of sharing the high demand, high wage workforce opportunities available right here in their community.

Acutec Industries, LLC Excel Apparatus Services Roper St. Francis
Airgas / Lincoln Electric Google Santee Cooper
American Metal Casting Consortium Hendrick Automotive Group SC Aquarium
American Society for Metals Hubner Manufacturing Corp. Scout Boats
Atlatl Software Ingevity SCRA
Berkeley Electric Coop Lincoln Electric / Airgas SPAWAR
Blackbaud Liquid Box STEM Premier
Boeing South Carolina MAHLE Behr Charleston STEM Visions
Charleston Defense Contractors Association Medical University of South Carolina Streit USA Armoring
Charleston Southern University ModernTech Tighitco
Cummins Turbo Technologies Nucor Steel Trident Technical College
Daimler Vans Manufacturing Palmetto Construction Group UEC Electronics
ECPI Robert Bosch LLC USC College of Engineering and Computing
and more!

From electrical linemen doing demonstrations on utility poles to armored vehicles – there were many highlights to see before the students even entered the expo building!

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High school robotics teams from West Ashley HS, Cane Bay HS, Fort Dorchester HS, and Ashley Ridge/Summerville HS demonstrated their creations and even launched t-shirts into the crowds!

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Participating CCSD schools included:

R. B. Stall HS West Ashley HS Garrett Academy of Technology
Burke HS Baptist Hill MHS Military Magnet Academy
St. John’s HS North Charleston HS Charleston Charter School for Math & Science
Lincoln MHS Wando HS

Check out this excellent article on the event published in the Charleston Regional Business Journal:
http://charlestonbusiness.com/news/56487-stem-career-fair-gives-students-hands-on-experience

Thanks to Sonic Drive-In Dorchester Road, Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers Summerville, Sam’s Club, and Coastal Coffee for the food & beverages.

Thanks to all the cooperating school districts, economic development offices, and local colleges for their support for the event!

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Thanks to the Exchange Park Fairgrounds for hosting the event, to Grady Johnson & the AMAZING SC Biz / Charleston Regional Business Journal Team for being the presenting sponsor, and all the sponsors and exhibitors that made the career fair possible – looking forward already to year #2!

 

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Baptist Hill Middle High School Partnering with Susan G. Komen Lowcountry for Presentation Skills Mentoring

Lisa Jones and Lucy Spears, Susan G. Komen Lowcountry, delivered formal and informal presentation skills to Kylene Gerideau-Grant’s classes at Baptist Hill Middle High School, as well as provided some one on one coaching.

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Students will prepare a team project on a topic related to breast cancer awareness. This partnership is an excellent example of the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce Career Academy program, and has been a wonderful enhancement to the learning that takes place in CTE business classrooms at BHMHS.

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West Ashley High School Holds CTE Programs Fair for PLTW Engineering and Mechatronics

Students at West Ashley High School were recently treated to a PLTW Engineering / Mechatronics / Robotics Demo Fair during their math classes in Media Center.

The Algebra and Geometry students were introduced to the courses offered in Career and Technology Education PLTW Engineering and Mechatronics programs at WAHS and learned about projects and highlights. They also had an opportunity to operate VEX robots with members of the WAHS Robotics Club.

Through this and other recruitment efforts, the CTE classes at West Ashley High School are consistently filled with eager students. Check out these pictures provided by Dr. Barbara Leonard of the event:

 

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Engineering Students from R. B. Stall HS Tour Scout Boats Manufacturing Facility

SScout Boats Logocout Boats, a local boat manufacturer, invited students from R. B. Stall High School to tour their facility and learn more about the operations.

Mrs. Kimberly Pickett’s students were treated to an extensive tour of the manufacturing facility that produces boats from 17′ to 41′ in length for customers worldwide.

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With the strong demand for quality boats, Scout Boats has been steadily increasing production capacity and hiring new team members monthly.

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Scout Boats also participates in the Youth Apprenticeship program, and students were encouraged to consider applying.

Thank you to everyone at Scout Boats for providing this terrific work-based learning opportunity for these students!

Here are additional pictures from the tour:

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Wando Culinary Arts Students Assist with Les Dames d’Escoffier Autumn Affair Event

Students in Chef Bill Twaler’s culinary arts program at Wando HS were recently invited by the local chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier (LDEI) to assist in food prep and service at one of the organization’s upcoming gatherings.

LDEI is an invitational organization of women leaders in food, beverage and hospitality whose mission is education and philanthropy.

But the upcoming event was not a typical local meeting, it was actually the LDEI National Conference that was being held in Charleston!

The students prepared special biscuits for the guests and assisted in other aspects of the food services required at the event.

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“We jumped at the opportunity for this work-based learning opportunity for the students”, said Chef Twaler on the opportunity to partner with LDEI.

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Students’ & professionals’ quotes from the event:
  • “After shucking 600 oysters I don’t know if I’ll be able to use my hand again,” said Cliff Beilke.
  • “Chef this was so much fun I can’t wait to do another function,” said Brenden LaFave.
  • “Chef stop eating my desserts,” said Azlynn Butler.
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West Ashley HS Mechatronics Students Accept Assignment to Build T-Shirt Launchers

Charleston, SC – Sept 28, 2015 – Earlier this year, West Ashley High School’s Mechatronics instructor Nicholas Holmes received an exciting request from his principal Lee Runyan, “Build a t-shirt launcher to use at athletic events”.

So that’s what he and his students did – and then they built another version, and another, and even a robot that can launch t-shirts remotely.

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“The experience for the students has been fantastic” said Holmes. “They’ve fully embraced this project-based learning opportunity, and the creative solutions to challenges are flowing freely,”  Holmes added.

 

A logo has been developed  for the project:

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Now, at the WAHS pep rallies, football games, and many other Wildcat athletic events, the launchers help get the crowds cheering!

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“Perhaps the next step is producing these for other schools”, said Holmes.

Check out videos of the T-shirt launchers in action