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School of the Arts Welcomes Shoe Designer Roderick Pieters for Project-based Learning

Students in Caroline Baker’s Fashion Design & Apparel Construction program at Charleston County School of the Arts had a very special guest recently.

EURO Designer Roderick Pieters held a shoe design and construction workshop for over 30 students. Students used a variety of materials to design custom shoes to keep!

Check out these pictures of the students in action under the direction of Ms. Baker and Mr. Pieters.

This project-based learning opportunity was made possible in part by generous support from boosters of the fashion design program at SOA.

 

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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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3rd Annual Palmetto Cyber Security Camp a Success at Lowcountry Tech Academy

The 3rd Annual Palmetto Cyber Security Summer Camp was staged last week at Lowcounty Tech Academy.

Special thanks to Bill Littleton for serving as camp director, and to the lead sponsors of the camp, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Charleston (SPAWAR) and Trident Technical College!

Over 80 students participated in various tracks, including the  “Junior Cyber Warrior” track, new for this year for middle school aged students.

The Junior Cyber Warrior campers enjoyed sessions on Computer Deconstruction, Scratch Programming, Command & Control Systems, Building PowerPoint Slides, Internet Security, Trebuchet, LEGO Robotics, Cyber Espionage, Snap Circuits, and a “Clash of Clans” style cyber security challenge.

In the Cyber Espionage challenge, students were assigned to recover key intelligence from a USB drive containing stolen information after searching a potential spy (manakin). Once they found the suspicious item on the spy, they examined the data for valuable secrets using popular cryptography and forensics tools.

Check out these students’ hand-built trebuchets – they loved practicing and competing:

Other campers enjoyed sessions like Computer Deconstruction, Installing & Securing Linux, Networking, Installing & Securing Windows, Vulnerabilities & Threats, HTML Programming, Java Script Design, Raspberry Pi, and a Cyber Challenge led by SPAWAR volunteers.

Students interested in Engineering and Robotics were treated to a VEX Robotics program packed with hands-on project-based learning activities.

Students also got to experiment with a small drone as they tried to navigate through various obstacles. Check out this video!

The purpose of the camp was to bring together subject matter experts, local businesses, community organizations and most importantly students, our future cyber warriors, to learn about cybersecurity.  The organizer’s  ultimate goal was to provide each participant with specialized focused sessions and ample opportunities to experience hands-on activities in different aspects of cybersecurity.

This year’s camp theme was “Defend Your Domain” to embraces the notion of protecting cyber “domains”.  Students learned the importance of being ever vigilant in protecting themselves against cyber-criminals.

Here are some pictures from the end of camp awards ceremony – view even more pictures from the camp here!

CCSD Career and Technology Education would like to give a huge thanks to Jim ‘N Nicks catering, SPAWAR, Trident Technical College and all the other community partners that invested their time, talent, and support to make this year’s camp successful.

Thank you to Joseph Bullinger with SPAWAR for sharing the pictures for this story.

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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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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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LS3P Architecture Hosts Lincoln High School Students from Building Construction Program

LS3P recently welcomed 20 students from Lincoln High School to their downtown Charleston offices, part of February’s Job Shadowing month.

After the building construction students toured the LS3P offices, the staff shared career information regarding Architecture & Construction education & fields, and a design charrette activity was conducted (design of a new entry to their school).  At the conclusion, the students presented their drawings and inspiration to the group.

Special thanks to Jennifer Schutte at LS3P for her expert help in organizing this work-based learning experience and Matt Williams with Hitt Construction who was also able to participate and provide insight into construction management. Thanks to everyone who helped make this Shadow Day a huge success!

Information for this story from: LS3P’s Charleston Office Participates in Group Job Shadow Day
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CCSD Teams Compete in SeaPerch Underwater Robotics

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The event was a terrific success thanks in part to an amazing group of volunteers from SPAWAR and other Lowcountry STEM Collaborative partners.

Thanks to all the business partners, community volunteers, educators, and parents for supporting this sensational project-based learning opportunity.

C. E Williams Middle School placed first overall in the middle school division.

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West Ashley High School placed first overall in the high school division.

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Here is a gallery of pictures from the day:

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West Ashley High’s Medieval Trebuchet Team Excels in Competition

Students from West Ashley High School competed again this year in the annual Trebuchet competition hosted by The Citadel.

The WAHS team called “Trebu-Tronix” was led by Nicholas Holmes, also the school’s Mechatronics teacher.

This year the level of competition increased dramatically with a total of 78 teams from elementary through college, military and even corporate entries!

High school teams actually built a full scale trebuchet, which looks like a large medieval rocket launcher/sling shot.

In the high school division, WAHS’s  Trebu-Tronix earned 3rd place for accuracy and 2nd place in design.

In the exiting distance competition,  Trebu-Tronix finished 3rd out of every trebuchet there; 1st among all middle and high schools… losing only to pro teams by only 50 feet!!

After the competition, Mr. Holmes extended a huge thank  you to Google, SPAWAR, Boeing, The Citadel, and everyone that supported his students in this competition.

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West Ashley HS Engineering Students Engaged in Project-based Learning

Dr. Barbara Leonard’s Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Pathway to Engineering Students at West Ashley High School utilized their brainstorming skills when faced with a “challenge build” project-based learning activity.

Students had to come up with a way to support a golf ball with a base made entirely from paper clips, straws and pipe cleaners.

Through engaging classroom activities like these, students are preparing for the challenges of their future careers.

 

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