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Boeing SC Volunteers Lead Marshmallow Challenge in Garrett Academy of Technology Engineering Class

Milton Howard, Project Lead the Way engineering instructor at Garrett Academy of Technology, shared these terrific pictures of his students working with volunteers from Boeing South Carolina on an activity called The Marshmallow Challenge. 

This highly engaging & timed activity had teams of students constructing towers out of dry spaghetti, string, tape, and other basic materials that would support a large marshmallow on top. The competition to see who could build the highest tower within the time limit allowed for healthy interaction between students and the professionals from Boeing. It also provided valuable lessons in teamwork and leadership on projects . At the end, a healthy debriefing session allowed input from students, teachers and Boeing SC volunteers and the winning team was celebrated for their success.

“We are so thankful for the investment of time and talent the Boeing SC team members brought to our classroom today!” said Mr. Howard.

“Special thanks to Mr. Frank Hatten, Boeing SC Education Relations Specialist for his leadership – my students will never forget this experience”, Mr. Howard added.

Charleston County School District truly appreciates all the support the local Boeing SC team provides!

Charleston, SC

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WAHS Child Development Students Earn Safe Sitter Certifications at Roper St. Francis

Ten students in Ms. Bridgette Butler’s Child Development class at West Ashley High School completed the Safe Sitter Certification class at Roper St. Francis on Friday, September 18, 2015.  IMG_20150918_152945

The students engaged in learning about the overall care of the child in the absence of their parents. The students received training in first aid, indoor and outdoor safety, and how to handle household emergencies. IMG_20150918_153238 (1)

In addition, they were taught there is no safe amount of time to leave a child with a caregiver of any age who has not been trained in airway rescue and how to handle life threatening emergencies. The graduates were prepared with the knowledge they need to prevent problems and handle unexpected emergencies.unnamed (18)

Safe Sitter® is a national, non-profit organization that provides programs to teach youth life and safety skills for when they are home alone, watching younger siblings, or babysitting. unnamed (14)

This course served as an enrichment activity for the Career, Health/ Safety and Growth and Development units of Child Development. unnamed (5)

Story submitted by Bridgette Butler, Family & Consumer Sciences Instructor and FCCLA Advisor at West Ashley High School.

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Future Nail Technicians Gaining Valuable “Hands-on” Experience at West Ashley HS

Ms. Helen Shepherd’s Nail Tech classes at West Ashley High School offer students real Hands-on Learning opportunities to best prepare for their future careers.

“It does not get more hands-on than my class”, joked Shepherd.

“In my class, students practice manicure services, paraffin wax treatments, and application of UV gels nails.” Shepherd added.

Her students also recently enjoyed a visit from a skin care technician from Charleston Dermatology.

Her Level I & Level II students also participated in the recent Taste of West Ashley event and showcased their talents – please enjoy these pictures of CTE students in action:

 

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West Ashley HS Mechatronics Students Accept Assignment to Build T-Shirt Launchers

Charleston, SC – Sept 28, 2015 – Earlier this year, West Ashley High School’s Mechatronics instructor Nicholas Holmes received an exciting request from his principal Lee Runyan, “Build a t-shirt launcher to use at athletic events”.

So that’s what he and his students did – and then they built another version, and another, and even a robot that can launch t-shirts remotely.

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“The experience for the students has been fantastic” said Holmes. “They’ve fully embraced this project-based learning opportunity, and the creative solutions to challenges are flowing freely,”  Holmes added.

 

A logo has been developed  for the project:

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Now, at the WAHS pep rallies, football games, and many other Wildcat athletic events, the launchers help get the crowds cheering!

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“Perhaps the next step is producing these for other schools”, said Holmes.

Check out videos of the T-shirt launchers in action  

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Palmetto Goodwill Partnering with R. B. Stall High School for Workforce Development Program

September 18, 2015 – North Charleston, SC – Palmetto Goodwill has partnered with R. B. Stall High School to offer over a dozen students the opportunity to work and go to school at the same time!

The program, dubbed Workforce Academy, began this summer with a job skills training course.

When school started, the students in the Workforce Academy program began working every other day at the Goodwill facility on Rivers Avenue. They each work about 20 hours a week, and on the days the are not working, they are completing their core high school course.

Thanks to this program, these students have the opportunity to earn a paycheck while they are completing their diploma requirements.

Special thanks to everyone at Palmetto Goodwill for welcoming these students on to their team, and to the extraordinary faculty at R. B. Stall HS for ensuring an innovative program like this can become a reality for the students.

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Check out this report that aired in May 2016 on Live 5 News on the terrific outcomes of this partnership:http://www.live5news.com/story/31987385/goodwills-workforce-academy-motivating-students-to-graduate-high-school

 

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R. B. Stall HS Students Complete New Employee Training for Workforce Academy Program at Palmetto Goodwill

goodwill logoAugust 14, 2015 – North Charleston, SC – A new partnership between Palmetto Goodwill and R. B. Stall High School called Workforce Academy is offering students the opportunity to earn their diploma AND an hourly wage at the same time!

Each of the 14 students in the first cohort of the Workforce Academy program have a unique class schedule. Some will go to school and work at Goodwill on alternate days, and some will work after school hours.

Each participating student will earn high school work-based learning credit and a paycheck from their employer, Palmetto Goodwill. ???????????????????????????????

With every job comes certain requirements for new employees – Goodwill held their new employee orientation & career skills training class from August 4-14 for the participating students.

Enjoy these pictures from the ceremony held Friday August 14 at the Goodwill Training Center on Rivers Ave – the students enjoyed pizza and cake after the ceremony that was also attended by many of their high school teachers.

We could not be more proud of these students’ achievements, and their commitment to completing this important training prior to the start of the school year.  Thanks to Palmetto Goodwill and the administrative leadership at R. B. Stall High School for their dedication to making this personalized learning opportunity possible for these students!