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CCSMS and Laing MS Capture Championships at 9th Annual Charleston SeaPerch Underwater Robotics Challenge

DSC_0897Teams from Charleston Charter School for Math and Science (CCSMS) and Laing Middle School beat out their peers in the 9th annual Charleston SeaPerch Regional Challenge to claim overall victories.

The Charleston Charter School for Math & Science Team H2Oh! and the Laing MS Red Rockets are going to the International SeaPerch Challenge at the University of Maryland in College Park, MD June 1-2, 2019!!

18 teams from 9 schools throughout Charleston County School District (CCSD) and the Trident region competed at the Danny Jones Pool in North Charleston using their underwater remotely operated vehicles (ROV) in two different events: a challenge course and an obstacle course. Teams also received scores on their Engineering Notebook presentations.

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  • Academic Magnet HS
  • Charleston Charter School for Math & Science
  • North Charleston HS
  • Summerville HS
  • Buist Academy
  • C. E. Williams MS
  • Jane Edwards ES
  • Pinewood Preparatory School
  • Laing Middle School

The following teams finished first in the three separate competitions:

  • Obstacle Course
    • HS – CCSMS Shark Bait
    • MS – Laing MS Orange Dragon
  • Engineering Notebook 
    • HS – CCSMS H2Oh!
    • MS – Buist Academy Your Worst Anemone
  • Mission: Rescue & Recovery
    • HS – CCSMS H2Oh!
    • MS – Laing MS Orange Dragon

Event Overall winners: 

  • HS – CCSMS H2Oh!
  • MS – Laing MS Orange Dragon

SeaPerch is an innovative underwater robotics program that equips teachers and students with the resources they need to build a ROV in an in-school or out-of-school setting. Students build the ROV from a kit comprised of low-cost, easily accessible parts, following a curriculum that teaches basic engineering and science concepts with a marine engineering theme. The SeaPerch Program provides students with the opportunity to learn about robotics, engineering, science, and mathematics while building an underwater ROV as part of a science and engineering technology curriculum. Throughout the project, students will learn engineering concepts, problem-solving, teamwork, and technical applications.

As part of the Charleston Navy Week celebration (March 11-15, 2019), Navy personnel participated in the Charleston SeaPerch Challenge as divers, judges, and team escorts.

CCSD would also to thank the many volunteers who gave their time to this competition, and to the City of North Charleston, North Charleston Police Department, CVS Pharmacy, Charleston SCUBA, and NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) for their sponsorship and support of the Charleston SeaPerch Regional Challenge.

A special thanks to NWIC (SPAWAR) for their continued partnership in hosting the Charleston SeaPerch Challenge!

To learn more about SeaPerch, visit http://seaperch.org/.

Story written by Sully Recine, Public Relations Officer, Charleston County School District and also published here:
https://www.ccsdschools.com/news/what_s_new/c_c_s_m_s_and_laing_capture_championships 

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Wando Advanced Robotics Team Ready for FIRST Robotics Challenge Competition

IMG_6537Wando High School is proud to announce that Wando Advanced Robotics has completed this year’s robot, Atlas, for FRC’s 2019 competition, Destination: Deep Space.

The senior and junior veteran team members, with the help of corporate mentors from IBM, Crunchy Data, and Indexic, took the lead in designing and building Atlas while at the same time giving the freshmen and sophomores hands-on experience so that they’ll be ready for the challenges to come.

None of this would be possible without the generous financial support of Bosch, Boeing, SPAWAR, ABB, and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. They make possible our students’ chance to compete in one of the most rigorous STEM competitions in the world.IMG_6572

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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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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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BoomTown! Hosts Computer Science Students from North Charleston High School for Career Exploration Visit

On December 5th, 2018, Ms. Crabtree’s Exploring Computer Science students from North Charleston High School were able to experience a very informative “Deep Dive” work-based learning visit hosted by BoomTown!, a local software company.

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Students received a detailed presentation on the features and benefits of BoomTown’s ROI real estate software, an explanation of the company’s core values, and a personalized tour of their modern workplace. Students also got to see Pacific Box and Crate, which is the name of the beautiful tech campus BoomTown! shares with other tech companies.

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Students left with a new vision of the 21st Century workplace. Thank you Nina Magnesson and the whole BoomTown! team for providing this rich career exploration opportunity for  North Charleston High School students!

Thank you Darwin Shorters for submitting this excellent CTE Success Story with pictures!

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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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Military Magnet Academy Celebrates National STEM Day by Welcoming Guest Speaker from Cantey Tech

cantey_logoMilitary Magnet Academy celebrated National STEM Day on November 8th with an inspirational guest speaker from Cantey Tech Consulting.

Guest speaker Mr. Greg Peralta, Cantey Tech’s Vice-president of Sales shared information relevant to our Cadet Scholars’ success as future leaders, both professionally and as citizens in our community.  Mr. Peralta talked about his professional experience with the Cantey Tech Consulting team over the past 7 years, and relayed specifics about his career as a business development executive.

Canty Tech Consulting is a leading provider of technology planning and support services. This is the companies 11th year of operation with 6 consecutive years on the Inc. Magazine 5000 List of fastest-growing companies in the country. Cantey Tech Consulting has offices in North Charleston, Summerville, and Columbia. They also have two data centers, one in Ladson and one in Greenville. They support clients across the United States and in Germany by providing a nimble and effective IT support.

Ms. Ferrette-Clark shared the following about Mr. Peralta’s visit: “The students were engaged and continued asking questions after he left. One of my Cadets returned to my class and gave a heartfelt statement. He said the presentation Mr. Peralta gave inspired him to try and make his dream a reality by studying hard and preparing for the CompTIA A+ industry certification.”

“We are extremeley thankful to Mr. Peralta for investing his time and energy with our students at Military Magnet Academy!”, added Ms. Ferrette-Clark.

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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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North Charleston Elementary FIRST LEGO League Robotics Team Earns Award at Regional Event

Congratulations to the North Charleston FIRST LEGO League Robotics Team on their success in the recent regional FLL qualifier event hosted by Colleton County High School.

The team brought home the Judges Award and 2 individual awards!

Here is the message NCES Principal Jeff Beckwith shared with his faculty about the team’s success at the event under the leadership of Ms. Hocking and Ms. Oldland.

NCES Principal Beckwith wrote: A huge congratulations to our Robotics team this Saturday! After a very long twelve hour day at Colleton County Middle School, our students scored some points on the table competitions and were given the Judge’s Award. This award was given to only one out of the twenty teams at the competition!

The Judge’s Award is described as follows: Some teams have a story that sets them apart in a noteworthy way. Sometimes a team is so close to winning an award that the judges choose to give special recognition to the team. Judges Awards allow the freedom to recognize remarkable teams that stand out for reasons other than the Core Award categories, things like students overcoming adversity or perseverance.

NCES3This award goes to the team that improvises and overcomes a difficult situation while still making a respectable showing, with an attitude that shows, “We can overcome incredible odds if we never give up, no matter what!”

Also, two NCES students received the Gracious Professionalism award for showing their teammates and other teams respect at all times. They recognize that both friendly competition and mutual gain are possible, both on and off the playing field. Congratulations to team members Ernesto and Isaiah on this prestegious recognition.

And, a huge thank you also to Ms. Hocking and Ms. Oldland who started their day at NCES at 6:00 am and didn’t return until 6:00 pm. NCES is well positioned for many future years of success with our FLL Robotics program. Thanks to everyone that made this experience 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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