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St. Johns High School Teacher Named National PLTW Computer Science Teacher of the Year

PLTW_LogoINDIANAPOLIS (March 21, 2016) – St. John’s High School Darwin Shorters received the highest honor given to PLTW Computer Science teachers – PLTW Computer Science Teacher of the Year – Sunday night at Project Lead The Way’s (PLTW) PLTW Summit 2016.

Shorters was recognized in front of more than 1,800 attendees, including his fellow teachers from across the United States. PLTW President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Vince Bertram and Senior Vice President and Chief Programs Officer Dr. Anne Jones presented the award.

“We are grateful to our teachers for their commitment to inspiring students,” said Anne Jones, Chief Program Officer and Senior Vice President for Programs for PLTW. “The PLTW Teachers of the Year are leaders in their classrooms and are inspiring the next generation of innovators.”darwin shorters award

Shorters is a PLTW Computer Science Master Teacher and is described as a champion of PLTW who has put his school’s program on the map. He is known for his commitment to his students, his devotion to teaching, and his far-reaching leadership. His passion for and knowledge of computer science has had a sprawling impact – from engaging each student in his PLTW classroom, to empowering fellow teachers across his state through his role as a Master Teacher.

“He never uses the phrase, “I can’t,” and instead embraces challenges and goes above and beyond for his students – making the impossible, possible, and he “curates energy for PLTW that is unparalleled,” said St. John’s High School Principal Andre Dukes.

PLTW recognized four other instructors as PLTW program teachers of the year for their outstanding commitment to empowering students to thrive in our evolving world. PLTW Computer Science engages students in real-life activities like creating an online art portal or using automation to process and analyze DNA-sequence data. These projects challenge students to think big and illustrate how intricately computer science is woven into our society. As students work together to brainstorm solutions, they test their limits, question what’s possible, and transform into builders of tech, rather than bystanders.

PLTW Summit 2016, held March 20-23 in Indianapolis, is the premier gathering of passionate and committed individuals who work together every day to empower students to develop the knowledge and skills they need to thrive in an evolving world. More than 1,800 attendees — from students to those in the education, government and business sectors — are convening to share strategies for making classroom learning relevant, engaging and hands-on.

About PLTW

Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is a nonprofit organization that provides a transformative learning experience for K-12 students and teachers across the U.S. Through pathways in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science, K-12 students learn problem-solving strategies, critical and creative thinking, and how to communicate and collaborate. PLTW empowers students to develop in-demand knowledge and skills necessary to thrive in an evolving world. More than 8,000 elementary, middle, and high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia offer PLTW programs. For more information on Project Lead The Way, visit pltw.org.

 

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Students from 4 Schools’ Engineering Programs Attend PLTW Competition at Univ. of SC in Coumbia

Project Lead the Way (PLTW) students from 4 CCSD high schools attended a statewide PLTW Engineering Competition held March 7 at University of South Carolina’s College of Engineering & Computing in Columbia.

CCSD Schools participating included:

  • Wando High School
  • West Ashley High School
  • Garrett Academy of Technology
  • Academic Magnet High School

Students from Academic Magnet HS won 1st place for Digital Electronics and students from Wando HS took 1st place in Intro to Engineering Design!

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CCSD Students Excel at SeaPerch Underwater Robotics Challenge

Over 130 students from throughout Charleston competed in the 2016 SeaPerch Charleston Challenge.

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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.

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CCSD Schools included:

  • Academic Magnet HS
  • Buist Academy MS
  • C.E.Williams MS for the Creative and Scientific Arts
  • Haut Gap MS
  • Laing MS of Science and Technology
  • Military Magnet MS
  • Morningside MS
  • North Charleston HS
  • Summerville HS
  • Wando HS
  • West Ashley HS

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Mr. Jonathan Zucker delivered the keynote message before the competition began.

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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

CCSD K-12 Science Curriculum Specialist Rodney Moore led the planning efforts and day of event coordination for this event.

Please enjoy these additional pictures from the event.

 

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MUSC Hosts Campus Visit and Career Fair for Lowcountry High School Students

Charleston, SC – March 4, 2016 – Hundreds of students from throughout the Charleston region were invited to visit the Medical University of South Carolina for an event called “Discover MUSC – from Classroom to Career”.

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The students were treated to an opening informational session, a large career fair with interactive exhibits and professionals from well known and lesser known components of MUSC’s “city within a city.”

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“My students loved the hands-on opportunities to see things like a real human brain and spinal cord, and my students also enjoyed learning about the diverse range of non-medical professions MUSC needs to serve our community,” said Lucia Watson, Health Science Instructor a Garrett Academy of Technology.

Participating CCSD schools included:

  • Wando HS
  • West Ashley HS
  • Lincoln MHS
  • Garrett Academy of Technology
  • Burke HS

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After the career fair held in the MUSC Wellness Center gym, the students were split into small groups with an MUSC student guide and treated to a campus tour followed by a lunch and learn session with leading physicians. One presentation was on modern dentistry and the amazing tools and software used at MUSC to create same day crowns and veneers. Another presentation was on the fast growing field of tele-medicine, providing healthcare remotely in real-time.

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To conclude the terrific day of experiential learning, students participated in a wrap-up session and had the chance to win prize packages full of MUSC swag.

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The day was truly an ideal experience for students considering a profession in health care and the many other supporting career pathways at MUSC.

Thanks to the many generous professionals at MUSC for investing their time in local students, and thanks to the Metro Chamber of Commerce Regional Health Advisory Board for Career Academies for their important role in facilitating the event.

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City of Charleston Employees Host CCSD Students for Day of Job Shadowing

10 students from Baptist Hill MHS in Hollywood and 10 students from Burke HS in downtown Charleston were invited to shadow professionals from various departments of the City of Charleston on Feb 29th. IMG_2824

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The day began with a tour of Charleston’s historic city hall, including city council chamber and it’s priceless collection of art. Ms. Lindsey, the docent for the chamber, provided an interesting story for each of the portraits hanging in the room. She also highlighted the one original Edison Bulb still operational in the chamber and the desks that date back to the 1800’s.

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Then, each student was connected with their host for the morning – participating city departments included:

Housing Dept.
Mayor’s Office of Children, Youth and Families
Recreation Dept.
Mayor’s Office
Office of Tourism & Livability
Charleston Fire Dept.
Clerk of Council
Cultural Affairs Office
Charleston Police Dept.

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After the job shadowing time was complete, everyone met back at the maritime center for lunch and round-table discussions on the day.

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Sticky Fingers catered the lunch, and Mayor Tecklenburg provided remarks.

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The day was terrific, including ideal weather, and the beautiful location – but most of all, it was the experience and relationships the students left with that will shape their future, and the future of our community.

Thanks to all that made this amazing job shadowing day possible, especially Mindy Sturm with the Mayor’s office for Children, Youth & Families and Bernard Scott and Michele Garris, guidance directors at Baptist Hill and Burke.

 

 


 

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Military Magnet Academy Culinary Arts Students Assist with Chef’s Feast Event

Chef Joseph Crompton’s culinary arts students from Military Magnet Academy recently celebrated working their 5th consecutive year at the Lowcounty Food Bank’s “Chef’s Feast” fundraising event!
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Pictured above are Ms. Niccole Steed, a parent that has helped Chef Crompton for years, and her daughter who graduated last year and likes to help out with big events also.
Nine MMA students worked the event for 7 hours each – that’s terrific work-based learning experience, and a wonderful resume builder for each student!IMG_0784tables
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West Ashley HS Nail Technology Students Host Students from Baptist Hill MHS for Salon Day

Recently, students in the Nail Technology program at West Ashley High School  hosted students from Baptist Hill MHS for a “salon day”.
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All the visiting students enjoyed the salon and then got to tour other additional WAHS Career and Technology programs. They drove robots, looked at airplanes, and snacked with Culinary students!

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Wando DECA Students Enjoy Terrific Success at State Event

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Wando also has 10 DECA members enrolled to attend upcoming Leadership Workshops and a Senior Management Institute. Congratulations to the amazing students in DECA at Wando High School on their success and best of luck to those moving on to nationals!???????????????????????????????

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Fashion Design Students from School of the Arts Get “Hand’s On” at Vapor Apparel

Fashion’s Future is in Creative Hands

Thursday, March 3, 2016 – Historic Navy Yard, North Charleston, SC: The future of fashion is digital. While historical design and decorating processes will continue to be used, it is digital technologies and just-in-time printing that are the fastest growing parts of fashion today.IMG_2627

These technologies were on display for Caroline Baker’s costume and fashion design class from the Charleston County School of the Arts. She brought her high school students to spend the morning learning about the business of fashion at Vapor Apparel. “We had a real world conversation about how innovation and clothing design connect to create profit.” says Christopher Bernat, co-founder and Chief Revenue Officer at Vapor Apparel. “It was great to help the students make the connection to real business applications and their skill sets.”

The students spent time talking about trends in the business of clothing. One of the dominant themes was the exponential growth in online sales and mass customization of creative contents to maximize revenue. After round-table discussions, the students were given hands on access to many of today’s digital print platforms including sublimation and direct-to-garment printing for cotton. The students got a lesson in the science of the technologies they were seeing in action.

“Our students were introduced to the “wow factor” of digital textile production today,” says SOA Instructor Caroline Baker. “Nothing gets young creatives excited like a hand’s on experience in a dynamic company.”

“It is a privilege to share digital printing and sublimation technology with these great students, many of them for the first time.” Says Todd Hirshman, Art Director at Vapor Apparel. He went on to say that Vapor Apparel is committed to the development of these skills here in the Low Country and looks forward to working with the School of the Arts and other educational institutions in the area.IMG_2637

Founded in Charleston, South Carolina in 2004, Vapor Apparel is the industry leader in customizable performance apparel. The company is head quartered in Charleston, SC with manufacturing operations in Union, SC. Vapor Apparel is recognized by the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA), Impressions Magazine, Wearables magazine, and the Advertising Specialty Institute (ASI) for award winning product development, print quality and a commitment to innovation in the apparel industry.

Story by Christopher Bernat with Vapor Apparel

 

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Trident Tech Chef Instructor Visits Military Magnet Academy Culinary Arts Lab

Instructor Chef Scott Stefanelli and one his students from Trident Technical College recently visited Chef Joseph Crompton’s culinary arts classroom at Military Magnet Academy for a live demonstration and lecture.

Chef Stefanelli serves on the culinary arts advisory board for Military Magnet Academy and actively supports many local workforce development organizations, including the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce.

Students from MMA are scheduled to visit the Culinary Arts program at Trident Technical College in mid April.

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Also, Chef Crompton was recently named Teacher of the Month at Military Magnet Academy – Congratulations Chef Crompton!

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