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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