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Wando HS Mechatronics Students Solve Special Project

Students in Cecil Gainey’s Mechatronics program at Wando High School were given a special project recently in motor alignment -
“I told the students to use the provided model as a guide and their lab manual, and using generic parts from various vendors,  build a similar mechanism”, Gainey said describing the assignment.
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“The students figured out a way to use the supplied single phase motor and attached it to a 3/4 horsepower air compressor pump by using a direct shaft coupling and motor belt pulley speed reduction” said Gainey.  “The results have been astounding. The students really used there heads with a little help from me”, Gainey added.
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West Ashley HS Engineering Students Visit Clemson Research Institute

IMG_0906 Dr. Barbara Leaonard’s West Ashley High School PLTW engineering students truly enjoyed their tour of the Clemson University Wind Turbine Testing Facility  and their E-Grid on Tuesday, April 21, 2015.

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Special thanks to the amazing staff at the Clemson University Research Institute for all the time and effort they invest in CCSD students!
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Lowcountry Tech Academy Offering 11 Summer Camps for Middle & High School Students

Lowcountry Tech Academy has an impressive selection of summer camp opportunities for middle and high school students for Summer 2015!

  • 2 sessions of Intro to Robotics CampsLTA_graduateTechie
  • 2 sessions of IT Fundamentals Camps
  • 2 sessions of Innovative Graphics Camp
  • 2 sessions of Code Camp
  • Entrepreneurship Camp
  • IT Girls Camp
  • Advanced Robotics Camp

LTA CAMPS SCHEDULE  /  LTA CAMPS FLYER

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR LTA CAMPS

 

Two additional options at LTA this Summer: 

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Lowcountry Tech Academy Cyber Patriot Team Earns 3rd Place at Palmetto Cyber Defense Competition

This past Saturday, students from Lowcountry Tech Academy  won 3rd Place in the 2015 PCDC competition.
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Team adviser and Information Assurance and Networking instructor John Williams said, “The team did very well in the event – the difference between 1st Place and 3rd Place was 3 points!”

Special thanks to Bill Littleton from SPAWAR for all his help with the students!

The Palmetto Cyber Security Competition is sponsored by the Atlantic SPAWAR Command (http://www.pcdc-sc.com/).
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Additionally, the top 5 teams in the state who qualified in US AFA Cyber Command Cyber Patriot Competition were invited to compete.
The LTA team placed 3rd in the State in the US AFA Cyber Command Cyber Patriot Competition!
Team 2015 PCDC & Team US AFA Cyber Command Cyber Patriot Competition:
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Jonathan Garcia WAHS
Kaylani Jordan WAHS
Dhruval Patel WAHS
Joe Ingram WAHS
Michael Lanier WAHS
Mongy Mostafa WAHS
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Josh Moore WAHS
Team Cyber Patriot Home School
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Mathew (Logan) Blalock WAHS
Jonathan Garcia WAHS
Edward Bryce Washington St. Johns
Jessi Hernandez-Gomez WAHS
Monica Washington WAHS

Both teams were coached my LTA Teachers Mr. John Williams & Mr. Keith Bex

Congratulations to everyone on their success in these events!

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Jerry Zucker Middle School of Science Names CTE Teacher Kevin Fast Rookie of the Year

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Congratulations to Mr. Kevin Fast, Jerry Zucker Middle School’s 2014-2015 Rookie Teacher of the Year.

Mr. Fast teaches Project Lead the Way’s Gateway program, an exciting middle school curriculum which provides students an early introduction to the principals of engineering

Through the use of robotics, 3-D printing, and other STEM related tools, Mr. Fast has captivated his students this year and positioned his program for growth.

Zucker Middle School Principal Mr. Jacob Perlmutter remarked,  “In my experience, it’s pretty rare to have a teacher coming from industry and participating in the required Program of Alternative Certification for Educators (PACE) program to earn Rookie Teacher of the Year.”

Pelmutter added, “His transition to teaching has been remarkable – I am very proud to have him on our team!”

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West Ashley HS Engineering Students Visit SPAWAR & Share Project Videos

Engineering students in Dr. Leonard’s Project Lead the Way program at West Ashley High School have had another excellent semester.

They recently visited SPAWAR and enjoyed a tour hosted by engineer Danielle Hemingway.

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Dr. Leonard also shared iMovies detailing how students employed the Engineering Design Process and Autodesk Inventor software to design and build a Puzzle Cube in her Project Lead the Way Introduction to Engineering Design class.

Here are a few examples of these student videos:

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The Tale of the Puzzle Cube

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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!

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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!

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