Military Magnet Academy Hosts FIRST Tech Challenge Season Kickoff Event

Recently, the Robo Eagles, Military Magnet Academy’s FIRST Tech Challenge robotics team, along with Rhoming Robots hosted this year’s FTC Relic Recovery Robotics kickoff!

“It was an awesome turnout of participating schools and teams”, said Ms. Ferrette-Clark, Military Magnet Academy Information Technology Instructor, one of the organizers of the event.

During the event, students engaged in the “Marshmallow Challenge,” along with breakout sessions on “Tips and Tricks” and “Engineering Notebook” which involves technical writing.

There were a total of 9 teams and 15 mentors participating.

Thanks to the following Cadets for sacrificing their Saturday to help out with this event:

Cadet Jacob Rowe, Cadet Khalin Brown, Cadet Diakiria Sangare, Cadet Rashawn Smith

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8 CCSD Schools Receive Over $20K in Corporate Donations for FIRST Robotics Programs

Eight CCSD schools received over $20,000 in multiple grants last school year from FIRST Robotics through corporate donations. These funds helped satisfy the required registration fees.Print

Corporate sponsors included SPAWAR, Boeing SC, Bosch Charleston, BAE Systems, Leidos, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), Petroleum Transport Company (PTC), and more.

The 8 schools that received FIRST robotics grants include:
  • Burke High School – Coach Karen Reed-Perrineau
  • C E Williams Middle School – Coach Peter Kain
  • Haut Gap Middle School – Coach Kia Sarnoff
  • Ladson Elementary School – Coach Francine Brewer
  • Military Magnet Academy – Coach Victoria Kettula
  • R B Stall High School – Coach Kim Pickett
  • Sullivan’s Island Elementary School – Coach Tandy Moye
  • Wando High School – Coach Giselle Cheeseman

Thanks to all of these supporting companies for investing in our community’s future workforce!



Wando Advanced Robotics Team Excels at SC Robotics Invitational

Wando Advanced Robotics recently attended the South Carolina Robotics Invitational and Workshop (SCRIW). The team made it all the way to the semifinals thanks in part to their cooperative alliance with “Category 5″, the FRC team from Ashley Ridge and Summerville.

“Due to the diligence, ingenuity and work ethic of our students, we brought two robots and were able to give ten kids drive team practice under competition conditions.” said Ms. Giselle Cheeseman, English teacher and Wando Advanced Robotics team adviser.

Special thanks to FRC Team 4533 “WAR” Mentor Joe Holmes from SPAWAR for sharing these pictures and for all his support of the team!

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Boeing SC Hosts R. B. Stall HS Robotics Team 4243 Parent Reception

With each new school year, CTE Department Chair and FRC Team 4243 Coach Mrs. Kimberly Pickett starts a new season of designing, building and competing in the FIRST Robotics competitions.

And to have a successful FIRST Robotics Team, Mrs. Pickett must recruit a new group of students to join her seasoned veterans on the team.

And the need for new recruits also applies to the volunteers that will be assisting Team 4243 this season.

Thankfully, Boeing SC stepped up again this year to provide the needed volunteer support for Mrs. Pickett’s students.

Boeing recently hosted the annual Parent Reception for families of students interested in joining the robotics team.  Mr. Perry Morrissette, Sr. Manager, Airplane Level Engineering Integration from Boeing South Carolina was the featured speaker for the gathering of over 85 students, parents, volunteers and teachers in attendance.

After the event, the students gathered near the statue in front of the Boeing facility to take a group photo.

Thanks to all that made this event possible, especially the host, Boeing South Carolina, and best of luck to Team 4243 this season!

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R. B. Stall FIRST Robotics Team Competes in Palmetto Regional FRC

“From January 3rd until February 17th, students on FIRST Robotics Team 4243 met Monday through Thursday, and all day on Saturday to take a tote of scraps and transform it into a recycling machine!”, said Mrs. Kimberly Pickett, FIRST Robotics adviser at R. B. Stall HS. This year, Team 4243 finished 27th out of 66 teams at the Palmetto Regional FRC held recently in Myrtle Beach.

“The work that goes into this sport, is not just physically putting together a couple of pieces of metal, but designing, programming, analyzing, and developing strategies to compete both competitively and collaboratively with other teams from around the world. I could not be more proud of all their hard work and dedication!” Mrs. Pickett added.

IMG_0158Some team members dressed up as Warriors, the school mascot and others waived the school flag in support of the team – School principal Mr. Kim Wilson also attended the event to cheer on the students.

The following students represented R. B. Stall HS in the recent Palmetto Regional FRC tournament: Priscilla Castillo, Ian Cole,  Maribel Garcia, Roseller Garcia,  Steven Iorio,  Rebeca Lomeli,  Ignacio Lopez, Danielle Newsome, Estefani Paredes,  Paul Thieman, Alex Tsai,  Nicholas Waring,  Frederick Wright, and Tay Young.

Team Members who did not go to Myrtle Beach but worked very hard this season include: Ariel Acierto, Melvin Garcia, and Orenthal Green.

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Hands-on Learning for R. B. Stall’s First Robotics Team 4243

The R. B. Stall High School First Robotics Team 4243 adviser Kimberly Pickett
shared the following pictures from this year so far:

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This years Team 4243 outside of Boeing during our Parent Night

 Students brainstorming this year’s First Robotics Challenge: “Recycle Rush”
and using K’nex to model Robot ideas and presenting them.




Student Designed Sketch and Decision Matrix of this years Robot



Student and Mentor working on the build!

 Best of luck to Team 4243 from R. B. Stall High School
in their continued preparations for First Robotics Competition!