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North Charleston HS Engineering Students Design and Build Practice Space for Underwater Robotics Team

Mr. Justin Johnson leads the North Charleston Project Lead the Way pre-engineering program and serves as the adviser for his school’s SeaPerch underwater robotics competition team.

After his students finished 2nd in the SeaPerch competition last year, the team discussed what they could do to come home with the trophy this year.

“They decided they needed their own practice pool right on campus, so they could have plenty of practice time with their robots and work out all the kinks”, said Mr. Johnson.

With the support of school leadership and careful planning, the students successfully designed and built their own training pool just behind the school this semester. The students designed the fence that surrounds the pool and hammered the wood in to place. They even designed a truss system for a roof, but decided not use a pool cover instead. They installed the pool walls and the supporting brackets, and painted the fence North Charleston High School blue.

The project-based learning experience incorporated math, engineering and structural design standards. “The students learned the spacing of each stud in the wall needed to account for the actual width of each two by four”, added Mr. Johnson.NCHS SeaPerch

“The students have a ton of pride in this practice space. They will be well prepared for their competition in March, and take away some important life skills from the fence and pool construction project”, said Mr. Johnson.

Watch Mr. Johnson’s pre-engineering students utilizing their new practice space in these videos:

 

UPDATE:

Channel 4 News will soon run a story on the North Charleston High School SeaPerch Robotics Team!

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CCSD Students Excel at SeaPerch Underwater Robotics Challenge

Over 130 students from throughout Charleston competed in the 2016 SeaPerch Charleston Challenge.

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Teams from local high and middle schools designed underwater robots and competed with them in various challenges. Students were also judged on their poster and presentation skills, and an overall composite score determined the winner of the event.

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CCSD Schools included:

  • Academic Magnet HS
  • Buist Academy MS
  • C.E.Williams MS for the Creative and Scientific Arts
  • Haut Gap MS
  • Laing MS of Science and Technology
  • Military Magnet MS
  • Morningside MS
  • North Charleston HS
  • Summerville HS
  • Wando HS
  • West Ashley HS

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Mr. Jonathan Zucker delivered the keynote message before the competition began.

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West Ashley High School brought home the overall 1st place trophy for the high schools division.

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Students from Laing Middle School were the overall winner in the middle school division.

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This event was made possible thanks to countless volunteer hours.

Special thanks to the following list of leading sponsors of this year’s Charleston SeaPerch event!

  • SPAWAR
  • Little Caesars
  • Charleston Scuba
  • STEM Centers SC
  • NOAA

CCSD K-12 Science Curriculum Specialist Rodney Moore led the planning efforts and day of event coordination for this event.

Please enjoy these additional pictures from the event.

 

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CCSD Teams Compete in SeaPerch Underwater Robotics

???????????????????????????????Teams from throughout the Charleston region, including West Ashley HS, North Charleston HS, Academic Magnet HS,  CE Williams MS and Laing MS competed in the annual SeaPerch underwater robotics competition at Danny Jones Pool in North Charleston yesterday.

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: