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Students Compete at 2017 SeaPeach Underwater Robotics Challenge

logo_seaperchOver 100 students from throughout Charleston recently competed in the 2017 SeaPerch Charleston Challenge at the Danny Jones Pool complex in North Charleston.

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Teams from local high and middle schools designed underwater robots and competed with them in various challenges. Students were also judged on their poster and presentation skills, and an overall composite score determined the winner of the event for both middle and high school age students.

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Local schools competing included:

  • Buist Academy MS
  • C.E.Williams MS for the Creative and Scientific Arts
  • Charleston Math and Science Charter School
  • Laing MS of Science and Technology
  • North Charleston HS
  • Summerville HS
  • Wando HS
  • West Ashley HS

Mr. Jonathan Zucker delivered an inspiring keynote message before the competition began. He reminded students about the vast amounts of the seafloor that remain unexplored, and the potential discoveries that await mankind as we perfect our underwater exploration equipment.

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West Ashley High School brought home the overall 1st place trophy for the high schools division.

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Students from Laing Middle School were the overall winner in the middle school division.

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This event was made possible thanks to countless volunteer hours. Special thanks to the following list of leading sponsors of this year’s Charleston SeaPerch event!

  • SPAWAR
  • Little Caesars
  • Charleston Scuba
  • STEM Centers SC
  • NOAA
  • Homegrown Hospitality
  • City of North Charleston – Recreation Department
  • Charleston County School District Science Department, and many others!

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CCSD K-12 Science Curriculum Specialist Rodney Moore led the planning efforts and day of event coordination for this event.???????????????????????????????Thanks to EV Bell, Marine Education Specialist  with SC SeaGrant Consortium for her remarks as closing speaker at the event!

FINAL RESULTS

Middle School Division: Overall winner to Nationals Laing MS Team # 6

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1st- Laing Ms #6
2nd- Buist MS # 13
3rd Laing MS # 5
Obstacle Course
1st- Laing MS #6
2nd Buist MS #13
3rd Buist MS #21
Puzzle Challenge
1st- Buist #21
2nd tie Buist MS #21, Laing MS #6
High School Division over all winner to Nationals West Ashley HS Team #17
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1st- West Ashley HS #17
2nd- Charleston Charter for Math & Science # 2
3rd- Charleston Charter for Math & Science # 18
Obstacle Course
1st- West Ashley HS # 17
2nd- West Ashley HS # 7
3rd- Wando HS # 3
Puzzle Challenge
1st- North Charleston HS # 24
2nd – North Charleston HS # 23
3rd- North Charleston HS #20

Please enjoy these additional pictures from the event:

 

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Students in Computer Science Class at Military Magnet Academy Learn About Networking from Local ECPI University Professor

Ms. Ferrette-Clark’s Exploring Computer Science students at Military Magnet Academy recently enjoyed a lesson on network cabling from a representative from ECPI University.

IMG_6490IMG_6489 “Mr. Powers from ECPI had my students fully engaged in creating CAT5 network cables”, said Ms. Ferrette-Clark.  Thanks to Mr. Powers for investing his time in the Exploring Computer Science class at Military Magnet Academy. IMG_6497 IMG_6495
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AT&T Store Hosts Marketing and Entrepreneurship Students from R. B. Stall High School

Students in Mr. Michael Breedlove’s Marketing and Entrepreneurship classes at R. B. Stall HS recently visited an AT&T  retail store for work-based learning experiences.IMG_0349

Students had the opportunity to see the different positions at the retail store and how they interact with other divisions of AT&T.

Students also got valuable suggestions on how to deliver anti-cyber-bullying materials to middle school students. IMG_0350 Thanks to the professionals at AT&T for welcoming these students for this valuable work-based learning experience.

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Stevens Towing Providing On-the-Job Training in Welding for Baptist Hill MHS Spring Interns

st-logosStudents from Baptist Hill Middle High School are receiving on-the-job training in welding as a part of their spring semester internship program with Stevens Towing in Yonges Island. 

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Huge thanks to all the professionals at Stevens Towing that are mentoring these young men in this terrific work-based learning partnership!

 

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Middle & High School Students Visit SPAWAR for “Day at the Lab” Experience

SPAWAR STEMSPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic held its annual “Day at the Lab” on February 28th. Middle and high school students from throughout the Charleston region were invited for a behind the scenes tour.

Students were welcomed by Rear Admiral Lewis in the Command Briefing Theater. He described the many high demand, high wage STEM career opportunities in both military and civilian positions right her in Charleston.

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Students got to participate in activities like an Electrical Engineering Exercise using Snap Circuit Kits and an introduction to algorithms using a Rubik’s Cube.

Students also got an extensive facility tour including stops in the Anechoic Chamber, the Environmental Testing Lab, and the Digital Forensics Lab. They also got to see the Multidisciplinary Research Center (MRC) as well as climb the stairs to the the Air Traffic Control Tower Simulation Lab.

High school students enjoyed a special session on internship opportunities in Charleston and similar facilities throughout the country.

The students came back together in the end for a pizza lunch and a debriefing session with the amazing SPAWAR volunteer team that helped make this work-based learning experience possible!

Thanks to everyone at SPAWAR for hosting students from the Charleston region for the Day at the Lab event, and for investing in our future homegrown workforce!

Participating CCSD middle & high schools included: 

James Island Charter High School
Moultrie Middle School
North Charleston High School
St. Johns High School
Wando High School
West Ashley Advanced Studies Magnet School

Thanks to Justin Johnson from North Charleston HS and Tralice Reddock from the CCSD CTE Support Team for serving as chaperones for the participating CCSD students.

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Local ACE Mentors Chapter Connects CCSD Students with Architecture, Construction, and Engineering Professionals for Project-based Learning

AceProgramLogoThe following update was provided by Rob Turner with Charleston Engineering who serves as Chairman of the Board of ACE Mentors of Greater Charleston. 

The ACE Mentors are in full swing at all three schools this semester!

Check out this terrific video of students in Mr. Darwin Shorter’s class at St. Johns High working in a Project-based Learning (PBL) activity with their ACE Mentors:

Harry Pecorelli of Stantec led the PBL exercise where the students formed teams, each with a project manager, to build buildings with Legos.  “The activity included a lot of curve balls and it is fun to watch them react to change orders and other project challenges”, remarked Mr. Turner.

Thanks to all the amazing and generous ACE Mentors for investing their time at Burke HS, St. Johns HS, and R. B. Stall HS this year!

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Co-Team Leaders:
LaShaun Key – Architect
Bobby Teachey – Construction Project Manager
Teacher of Record / Champions:
Michael Crosby
Roy Joe Kemp
Mentors:
Zach Aument – Architect
Laura Slagel – Architect
Jonathan Sigman – Structural Engineer
Michael Cunningham – Structural Engineer
Irving Fordham – Electrical Engineer
Jarret Hudson – Architect
Kendall Roberts – Architect
Bryan Shiver – Construction Manager
Chandra Jones – Construction Manager
Amanda Page – Mechanical Engineer
Victor Fallon – Mechanical Engineer
Sam Young – Electrical Engineer
DJ Coblentz – Electrical Engineer

R. B. Stall High School

Co-Team Leaders:
Ben Anderson – Architect
Wayne Butler – Architect
Teacher of Record / Champion: Kimberly Pickett
Team Mentors:
Mark Dillon – Structural Engineer
Zac Smith – Construction Civil Engineer
Todd Altman – Construction Manager
Tom Magee – Construction Project Manager (will float between both schools)
Steve Marek – Mechanical Engineer
Derek Hensley – Elec. Engineer

St. Johns High School

Co-Team Leaders:
Harry Pecorelli – Construction Manager (owners rep)
Allie Beck – Architect
Teacher of Record / Champion: Darwin Shorters
Team Mentors:
Sarah Glass – Architect
Mary Tran – Architect
Alison Dawson – Architect
Kelsey Powell – Structural Engineer
George Lee – mechanical sales
Aaron Smith – Construction Manager
Rob Turner – Mech. Engineer
William Snider – Electrical
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700+ CCSD Students Enjoy Screening of Hidden Figures Movie Followed by Panel Discussions with Local STEM Pros


Zucker picsFebruary 14, 2017 – North Charleston, SC
– Thanks to a hard working group of volunteers from local companies and organizations, over 1000 students were invited to a very special STEM themed event staged at a theater complex adjacent to North Charleston City Hall.

Students arrived by the bus load to an expo style event in the theater lobby where local STEM professionals from NUCOR, Google, SPAWAR, and others set up table top displays. The professionals shared the good news about high demand, high wage careers available right here in the Charleston region!

By 10AM, five theaters were full of excited students and the acclaimed movie Hidden Figures had begun. The wonderfully produced movie tells the incredible untold story of Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson – brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit around the earth, and his successful return.

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This was not the first Hidden Figures movie event orchestrated by local STEM Champions Ms. Radia HeywarMs. Anishi Scott, and Ms. Jenna Richardson. With the encouragement of their employers, Ms. Heyward, Ms. Richardson, and Ms. Scott had staged an earlier event on a Saturday that was a huge success with hundreds attending.

Boeing SC Leader Joan Robinson-BerryWhen the movie finished, and while many eyes were still wet with emotion, the lights came up and students were treated to a panel discussion with local professionals like Ms. Joan Robinson-Berry, site leader and lead executive in charge at Boeing South Carolina in North Charleston and Mr. KaMar Galloway, local leader of Google’s CS First computer science program. Not only was the powerful movie discussed, but also the pathway available to students today and the career opportunities that await them in the fast growing Charleston economy.

Thanks to generous support from the Charleston Defense Contractors Association, students were awarded prizes in each theater when they answered questions about the movie correctly.

Students were treated to chicken sandwiches and pizza as they exited the theater thanks in part to the generous support from the City of North Charleston, including volunteers from the police and other departments. By 1:30 PM, the students had all departed.

Participating schools from Charleston County School District included: 

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  2. R B Stall HS
  3. Academic Magnet HS
  4. St. Johns HS
  5. Baptist Hill MHS
  6. Septima P. Clark Academy
  7. Garrett Academy of Technology
  8. West Ashley HS
  9. James Simons EMS
  10. Orange Grove MS
  11. James Island MS
  12. Jerry Zucker MS
  13. CE Williams MS
  14. Montessori Community School
  15. Cario MS
  16. West Ashley MS
  17. Deer Park MS

Over 250 students from Berkeley County Schools also attended.

Special thanks to everyone that made this event possible, especially Ms. Rita Scott and the NYC African American Business Leaders Fund for the movie tickets, City of North Charleston for lunch support, and Charleston Defense Contractors Association for their support of prizes and other supplies for the event.

Read more from Live 5 News: http://www.live5news.com/story/34454797/berkeley-and-charleston-students-to-see-movie-hidden-figures.Volunteers for Hidden Figures Event

 

 

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700+ Students and Parents Attend Youth Apprenticeships Information Night

Thanks to all the students and parents that attended the information session on our region’s Youth Apprenticeship opportunities on February 2 at Trident Technical College. Attendees got to hear about youth apprenticeships available in 15 career pathways from over 100 local companies!

Over 100 employers in the Charleston region are offering rising high school juniors, seniors, and graduating seniors the opportunity to Get Paid to Learn as youth apprentices.

Youth apprentices will receive paid on-the-job training along with classroom instruction as dual-credit students through TTC’s Workforce Academies.

Thanks to the support of the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, students in the youth apprenticeship program receive a scholarship worth approximately $6000 to cover all tuition and costs for apprenticeship-related college courses at TTC.

Apprenticeship opportunities are available in the following local careers:

  •      Industrial Mechanics
  •      Machine Tool Technology
  •      Culinary Arts
  •      Hotel Operations
  •      EMT (open only to rising and graduating seniors)
  •      CNA/Pre-Nursing
  •      Medical Office Assistant
  •      Computer Networking
  •      Junior Computer Programming
  •      Cyber-security
  •      Civil CAD Technician
  •      Automotive Mechanic
  •      Air Conditioning and Refrigeration/HVAC
  •      Bookkeeping/Pre-Accounting
  •      Security/Pre-Law Enforcement *

* In South Carolina, law enforcement officers must be at least 21 years of age. This apprenticeship equips students for employment as private security officers, and prepares them to continue their education and training at the police academy.

Students who participate in and complete the two-year program will receive:

  •      Two years of paid employment and mentoring from an industry professional
  •      A high school diploma (if not already granted)
  •      One year of college credit from TTC free of charge
  •      A completion certificate for coursework that may be applied to an associate degree
  •      National credentials from the U.S. Department of Labor
  •      Two years of work experience
  •      Marketable skills for life

Youth Apprenticeship Participation Requirements

  •      To be eligible for a youth apprenticeship, a student must:
  •      Be a rising junior, senior or graduating senior
  •      Be at least 16 years of age
  •      Achieve qualifying ACCUPLACER Placement Test scores*
  •      Demonstrate academic readiness and responsibility
  •      Have reliable transportation to work and to school
  •      Be legally able to work in the U.S.

To start the application process, students must complete and submit all sections of the Youth Apprenticeship Application Packet, including proof of qualifying placement test scores. To schedule an appointment at the TTC Testing Center, call 843.574.6410.

For more information or for the application package, please visit this website: http://www.tridenttech.edu/career/workforce/car_youth_apprenticeships.htm

 

 

West Ashley High Robotics Team Wins Big at Recent Competitions (02)

West Ashley High’s Robotics Team Wins Big at Recent Competitions

West Ashley High School’s Robotics Team places first and takes home four additional awards from the College Park / Cane Bay Regional Qualifier Charleston

west ashley robotics logoRecently, the West Ashley High School Robotics Team, also known as W.A.R.P. Drive, competed in the Viking Hammer Qualifier and the College Park / Cane Bay Regional Qualifier where they continued their winning streak. West Ashley High’s robotics team has not lost a local competition within the last 18 months. Not only did they come in first place at both qualifiers, they also earned awards for their teamwork and overall attitude during each of the competitions.

On November 12, W.A.R.P. Drive competed in the Viking Hammer Qualifier at Spring Valley High School. Along with West Ashley High’s four robotics teams, groups from Royal Live Oaks Academy, Aiken High, Spring Valley High, Dutch Fork High, Pickens Country Career and Tech Center, Indian Land High, Palmetto Scholars Academy, and Clinton High competed in the tournament. West Ashley High’s robot W.A.R.P. Drive 9623B ending up taking home the Excellence Award and was part of a three-team alliance, which included Team Legend Robotics and the Augusta Homeschoolers, who were named the Tournament Champs.West Ashley High Robotics Team Wins Big at Recent Competitions (04)

All four of West Ashley High School’s robots, W.A.R.P. Drive 9623A, 9623B, 9623C, and 9623D, competed next at the College Park / Cane Bay Regional Qualifier in Ladson on December 10th. Two of West Ashley High’s robotics teams, W.A.R.P. Drive 9623B and 9623C, were part of a three-team alliance which won the tournament. Bluffton High was the third team in that alliance. Other teams involved in the competition were from Spring Valley High, Goose Creek High, Bluffton High, and Royal Live Oaks Academy Charter School. 30 teams competed in this year’s College Park / Cane Bay Regional Qualifier. This competition did more than just earn West Ashley High another first place trophy. It earned the team tickets to the SC State Championship and the CREATE VRC National Championship in Council Bluffs, Iowa. They also won the Excellence Award, the Design Award, the Programming Skills Competition, the Driver Skills Competition, and was the Robot Skills Winner.West Ashley High Robotics Team Wins Big at Recent Competitions (01)

West Ashley High’s Robotics Team meets each week on Tuesday and Thursday from 2:30pm – 6:00pm to prepare for their next competition. They use this time to continue to improve their robots and fix any issues that may have occurred during a recent competition. This year, West Ashley High Robotics Coach Nicholas Holmes is especially proud of the coding that has been created which controls the team’s robots.

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This is some of the most advanced coding our program has ever come up with,‖ says Holmes. ―The code re-calibrates our motors every 50 milliseconds to make sure they are doing precisely what we want them todo. Even if an outside force acts on our robot, gyroscopes, accelerometers, encoders, and sonar sensors will reposition the robot so that it will continue to complete the required task without fail. No other team is doing anything this advanced. West Ashley High Robotics Team Wins Big at Recent Competitions (02)

Senior Noah Combs, the driver of West Ashley High’s best robot and the winner of the Excellence Award, was the one who created the code which they use to control all four robots. ―Noah came to me one day, after leaving his AP Computer Science class, and told me that he thought we could use an array set to calibrate the motors,‖ says Holmes.

―Within 30 minutes, Noah had scratched out a basic code that did the job we have been trying to figure out since the beginning of last season. West Ashley High is preparing to host its annual competition, The West Ashley Robotics Regional Qualifier, on Saturday, February 25th in the school’s Main Gym and Cafeteria. The competition will begin at 9am and will conclude with an Awards Ceremony at 5pm. Currently, there are 34 teams from 17 schools signed up to participate in the competition.West Ashley High Robotics Team Wins Big at Recent Competitions (03)

Story submitted by Donnie Newton, West Ashley High School Public Relations Coordinator