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Clemson Engineering Hosts EMAG!NE Design Challenge for Middle School Students

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On Saturday, October 22, over 30 middle school students interested in STEM professions spent the morning with engineers from Clemson University for a very special EMAG!NE event at the SCE&G Energy Innovation Center at the Clemson University Restoration Institute on the former Navy Base in North Charleston.

Bradley Putman, PhD, an Associate Professor at Clemson and director of the EMAG!NE program served as the leader for the day’s interactive activities and facility tour. Graduate students, local educators and volunteers assisted and parents were invited to stay and “play along” in the interactive STEM themed activities. Students were recruited through the CCSD science department  led by Rodney Moore, and over 30 local students and parents participated.

The goal of the day was for students to learn about engineering and the opportunities of careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields. The students participated in a variety of  activities designed to promote creativity and critical thinking skills through hands on learning.

Students were challenged to program an Ozobot robot to meet specific challenge criteria.  The code was drawn with a series of color combinations representing commands.  The students enjoyed drawing the tracks the robots followed.

In another activity, students were placed in teams and instructed to design and build a device to launch a small ball a specified distance to hit a target using a variety of crafting materials. After the designs were tested and modified several times, the students competed to see which design could hit the target most consistently.

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Everyone enjoyed pizza for lunch and also got to take a facility tour.

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Thanks to everyone that made this very special event possible for students!

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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!

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Jerry Zucker Middle School Hosts Boeing SC Announcement; Receives 3D Printer for School’s Pre-engineering Program

North Charleston, SC – December 16, 2014 – It was from the Jerry Zucker Middle School cafeteria that Ray Conner, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes announced several significant investments supporting children’s wellness in the Charleston region.
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The Lowcountry Food Bank received $100,000 to forward their mission, and Medical University of South Carolina will receive $5 million over the next 5 years towards  the construction of a new Children’s Hospital and Women’s Pavilion. Local leaders including Mayor Joseph Riley, Mayor Keith Summey, and County Council Chairperson Teddy Pryor were on hand and shared their appreciation of Mr. Conner and the Boeing company for their generous investment.
In addition, volunteers from Boeing SC were on hand to ensure every student received a large bag of fresh produce to take home today for healthy snacks over the coming winter break.
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It was after the formal announcements were complete that Mr. Conner pulled school principal Jake Perlmutter aside to share more good news: A 3D printer has been ordered and will soon arrive at the school!
Mr. Conner presented a picture of the MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer to Principal Perlmutter, and asked that the new equipment be used to promote STEM education.
Later in the school day, the administrative team gathered to surprise pre-engineering teacher Mr. Kevin Fast and his students with the good news of a 3D printer destined for their classroom thanks to Boeing SC.
Pre-engineering student Toby Ryan Eller guessed correctly when Principal Perlmutter asked the students what they thought Boeing had given their classroom.
“I am very thankful Boeing has provided this 3D printer for our class – I hope to work there one day,” said Eller. “I plan to continue studying engineering next year at R. B. Stall High School,” he added.

DSCN2795Mr. Fast echoed his student’s thankfulness saying, “We could not be more thankful for this modern tool for our classroom – it will spark ideas and reinforce the relevance of science, technology, engineering, and math for students’ future career success.”
Mr. Perlmutter agreed adding, “This investment in our pre-engineering classroom will fuel academic success for many years to come, especially with the continued time and talent invested regularly by Boeing SC team members in our school.”
The 3D printer will arrive at the school and be installed after the holiday break.
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Wando Mechatronics Students Visit Cummins Facility

Cecil Gainey’s mechatronics students from Wando High School recently enjoyed an informative and interactive visit to Cummins Turbo Technologies facility in Charleston.

Student were impressed with the size of a 300 pound diesel turbo engine and the research & development, commitment to quality, and local teamwork required to ensure it’s optimal performance. These massive Cummins engines will be installed in a variety of seagoing vessels, sometimes in multiples of 2 or more.

“Thanks to Mr. Z Dixon, and all the local Cummins team members for enabling students to see first-hand the career opportunities that await them in the vibrant manufacturing sector here in Charleston”, said Mr. Gainey after the visit.