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North Charleston HS PLTW Aerospace Engineering Students Design, Build, and Launch Small Rocket

Justin Johnson’s PTLW Aerospace Engineering scholars at NCHS designed their own rocket using the “open rocket” program and a simulator to test and modify the design to ensure stable flight. Scholars then built their rockets from scratch using balsa wood, super glue and cardboard tubing. Scholars also learned the procedures of launching a rocket safely. Scholars dealt with a few obstacles during the design and construction process, but figured out solutions and they all had a successful launch.

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West Ashley HS Engineering Students Visit Construction Site of Sk8 Charleston, New Skateboarding Park

On November 10th, students in Mr. Stone’s and Dr. Barbara Leonard’s Project Lead the Way Pre-engineering program at West Ashley High School got to participate in a Structured Field Study at the construction site for the new Sk8 Charleston skateboarding park.  The students were very thankful to get to wear their hard hats donated by Charleston Water Systems.
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“The engineering project manager that hosted the students at the site said she enjoyed being with such an enthusiastic group, a nice compliment for these future engineers.”  said Dr. Leonard.  “On behalf of myself, Mr. Stone and all of our students at West Ashley High School, we truly appreciate the many people that donated their time and materials to make this work-based learning opportunity possible”, added Dr. Leonard.
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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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3D Printer Donated By Boeing SC Provides Powerful Hands-on Learning for Jerry Zucker Middle School of Science Students

Using a 3D printer donated to Mr. Kevin Fast’s Engineering and Robotics classroom by Boeing SC, the next generation of Charleston engineers is getting powerful hands-on experience at Jerry Zucker Middle School of Science.

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“It is amazing how this 3D printer that’s smaller than the HP printer on the same table can produce such terrific models for the students to see and hold.” said Mr. Fast. IMG_1017

“We remain extremely thankful to Boeing SC for their support of STEM education at Jerry Zucker Middle School, and throughout Charleston County schools”, added Mr. Fast.

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West Ashley HS’s Graduating Engineering Majors Present to WAHS Engineering Advisory Board; Robert Rentz Named Excellence in Engineering Award Winner

Engineering instructor Dr. Barbara Leonard shared these pictures from West Ashley High School senior’s Project Lead the Way Engineering Design & Development Class presentations to their Engineering Advisory Board, held May 27 2015.IMG_1173IMG_1166IMG_1169IMG_1170IMG_1172IMG_1175

West Ashley High School’s 2014-2015 Excellence in Engineering award winner was Robert Rentz.

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Special thanks to Cummins Charleston for supporting this special recognition for Robert Rentz.

 

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Jerry Zucker Middle School of Science Names CTE Teacher Kevin Fast Rookie of the Year

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Congratulations to Mr. Kevin Fast, Jerry Zucker Middle School’s 2014-2015 Rookie Teacher of the Year.

Mr. Fast teaches Project Lead the Way’s Gateway program, an exciting middle school curriculum which provides students an early introduction to the principals of engineering

Through the use of robotics, 3-D printing, and other STEM related tools, Mr. Fast has captivated his students this year and positioned his program for growth.

Zucker Middle School Principal Mr. Jacob Perlmutter remarked,  “In my experience, it’s pretty rare to have a teacher coming from industry and participating in the required Program of Alternative Certification for Educators (PACE) program to earn Rookie Teacher of the Year.”

Pelmutter added, “His transition to teaching has been remarkable – I am very proud to have him on our team!”

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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:

Puzzle Cube Adventure

The Tale of the Puzzle Cube

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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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