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Burke and Wando High Schools Visit Bulls Island for “Over the Horizon” Field Study on Diversity

A Diversity Trip to Over The Horizon

Students who had met only hours ago at Chick-fil-A for breakfast huddled together with their new friends for warmth, on a windy ferry ride to Bull’s Island. The students from Burke High School and Wando High School were on their way to the island for the Over the Horizon field study. Wando&BurkePhotoOp -KatieRittenhouse

Over the Horizon is a project that teaches students the importance of cultural and biological diversity. The project, now in its third year, unites students from different races, cultural backgrounds, and economic levels. The project includes a day spent exploring and learning on Bull’s Island, a barrier island in Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge that is known for its ecological resourcesOlivia, CoastalExpeditionsNaturalist-KatieRittenhouse.

Bull’s Island is an ideal location for a diversity lesson with its variety of habitats: maritime forests, sandy beach, brackish impoundments and salt marsh. Within the diverse ecosystems of Bull’s Island are an abundance of wildlife and plants which co-exist and depend on each other for survival. Gates Roll, a naturalist for Coastal Expeditions, led the students through the different ecosystems, sharing with them the abundant natural and cultural history of the island.

The first stop was at a barely visible foundation of the Martello Tower, where Gates told students about the Sewee Indians who first inhabited the area, the English Settlers who landed and later claimed the island and, that the tower was used as a lookout for pirates and also served during the revolutionary and civil wars.

Next was a visit to Boneyard Beach, where they posed for a group photo with their new friends on a fallen sun-bleached tree. Students passed from the beach, through the maritime forest, to the marsh in mere minutes and learned that the diversity of the ecosystems is what creates a healthy natural community. In addition, they learned that, similarly, in a society where two or more different types of cultures come together, there you will also find a stronger, healthier community.

Back on the trailers, students discussed hobbies, jobs, and which colleges they were going to attend, realizing that despite any differences, there were many more similarities. At the Dominick House, conversation flowed effortlessly as they shared food from their lunches, played ball, braided each other’s hair and did yoga.

The final program of the day was a presentation by Vera Manigault, sweetgrass basketry artisan and Gullah Geechee historian. Students learned the history of sweetgrass basket sewing and its significance to the Gullah Geechee culture. They were even treated to a conversation in Gullah between Vera and Burke student, Aisha.

On the ferry ride back, new friends took photos and exchanged contact information. The students gave an enthusiastic “Oh Yea!” when asked if they had had an enjoyable Over the Horizon experience.

Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge, Coastal Expeditions and the Charleston County School District are pleased to announce the expansion of Over the Horizon this year to Lincoln Middle-High School and Academic Magnet High School.

Story by Katie Rittenhouse, Student Conservation Association Intern.

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R. B. Stall’s FIRST Robotics Team 4243 Shares 2015 Success in Video Compilation

Check out this amazing video from the R. B. Stall FIRST Robotics Team 4243 – Congratulations to these amazing students on all their success.

R. B. Stall Robotics Adviser and CTE Department Chair Mrs. Kimberly Pickett would also like to extend heartfelt thanks to the amazing parent volunteers and mentors from Boeing SC and SPAWAR for their support of Team 4243 this year leading up to and during the competitions!

Mentors from Boeing SC & SPAWAR included: Marisa Antonino, Michael Bodach, Max Braun, John Brown, Caleb Cole, Renee Esch, Jerry Hull, Brandon Hussey, Tim Lehmann, Onye Nwokonta, Dennis Pickett, and Alex Zhu from Boeing and Richard Daehler-Wilking from SPAWAR

Parent Volunteers included: Steven Iorio, Thomas Chimento, Karina Lopez, Christy Thieman, and Temple Burris

Thanks to everyone that invested their time and talent in this tremendous project-based learning experience for these students!

Enjoy the video! –>

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Wando Advanced Robotics Earns General Motors Industrial Design Award at FRC Regional

Wando Advanced Robotics (WAR) performed beautifully at the FRC North Carolina Regional!FIRST_Robotics_Competition_(logo)

The WAR team was recognized for its commitment to safety and earned (for the second year in a row) the FRC Safety Pin!

Even better, WAR finished fifth overall out of fifty-five Atlantic coast teams after being seeded sixth at the end of the qualifying rounds.

But best of all, this talented and dedicated group of Wando students won the prestigious General Motors Industrial Design Award for most efficient, elegant, and robust robot!  This coveted award is a tribute to the hard work and ingenuity of the students and  STEM teachers of Wando and their dedicated professional mentors.

Wando Advanced Robotics is supported by Bosch, SAIC, NDEP-SPAWAR, Coca-Cola, Boeing, Blackbaud, CCSD, Leidos, Wando High School, SolidWorks, and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.

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Student and mentor show off the General Motors Industrial Design Award.

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Students respond to FRC judges’ questions about the robot’s design.

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WAR’s Lead Build Student holds the award he helped win.

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WAR’s Drive Team waits in queue for their next match.
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Team photo at the end of competition (not all students and mentors could attend this second regional).
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Women in Charge Program at Moultrie MS Encourages STEM Career Exploration

Ms. Millibeth Currie teaches science at Moultrie Middle School and serves as Department Chair. She also proudly serves as the program director of “Women In Charge: Engineering Women’s Lives”

This award winning program brought home the Digital Innovation in Learning Award last year, and is empowering young women at Moultire Middle School each year with a passion for STEM.

Ms. Currie’s achievement in the classroom, and with her innovative program certainly are CTE Success Stories – just listen to the students describe their experiences in the video on the program’s website: http://www.womenincharge101.org/

Thank you Ms. Currie for all your efforts to incorporate project-based learning and work-based learning in your students’ academic experiences!

Women in Charge member working in Clemson DNA Learning Center lab

 

 

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LS3P Architecture Hosts Lincoln High School Students from Building Construction Program

LS3P recently welcomed 20 students from Lincoln High School to their downtown Charleston offices, part of February’s Job Shadowing month.

After the building construction students toured the LS3P offices, the staff shared career information regarding Architecture & Construction education & fields, and a design charrette activity was conducted (design of a new entry to their school).  At the conclusion, the students presented their drawings and inspiration to the group.

Special thanks to Jennifer Schutte at LS3P for her expert help in organizing this work-based learning experience and Matt Williams with Hitt Construction who was also able to participate and provide insight into construction management. Thanks to everyone who helped make this Shadow Day a huge success!

Information for this story from: LS3P’s Charleston Office Participates in Group Job Shadow Day