Space and STEM showcased at JB Charleston Air and Space Expo

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JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C. (AFNS) — Since the 1957 launch of Sputnik, a Russian satellite, Americans have been challenged to step up and become leaders in science, technology, engineering and math — collectively known as STEM. Over the years, there has been a trend in the push for STEM education to younger generations. Recognizing this, Air Mobility Command prioritizes the creation of partnerships with local and public schools to provide insight into the Air Force while enhancing educational experiences.

In conjunction with several partners, Joint Base Charleston showcased both STEM and space through various booths and interactive exhibits at the 2018 Air and Space Expo. Some of the booths included robotics demonstrations, electricity exhibits, moon rock samples and more.

“As military members we practice STEM every single day and most people don’t know that,” said Master Sgt. Kelly Anderson, 628th Communications Squadron superintendent of plans, programs and resources. “The goal was to educate people about STEM and hopefully spark an interest in some of the careers it has to offer. Most people don’t start their freshman year of high school knowing what they want to pursue. They usually reach that point after going through many twists and turns to build that experience moving forward, so hopefully we were able to be one of those twists and turns that helps them decide what they want to do, especially if it’s STEM related.”

STEM education integrates concepts usually taught as separate subjects in different classes and emphasizes the application of knowledge to real-life situations. A lesson in a STEM class is typically based around finding a solution to a real world problem and tends to emphasize project-based learning.

“Space is the next frontier for exploration,” said Cassandra Runyon, College of Charleston associate professor. “Similar to Christopher Columbus sailing America, we’re going out to space and learning more about the environment and weather systems every day. We’re working with the military using STEM routinely to understand the planets and other worlds through a crossover of technologies between NASA and the military.”

Another variation of STEM is STEAM, which includes an added ‘a’ for art. Artistic design is becoming an important part of STEM education because creativity is an essential part of innovation.

“Without STEM we wouldn’t be able to explore space,” Runyon said. “We need each aspect of STEM as well as the materials it provides to create lighter aircraft, better drones, smaller instruments and more. Space is really exciting and inspiring to me because it is unknown and brings up so many questions. I think events like this are really beneficial for kids because they get to see what we accomplish through STEM and hopefully it excites them to consider working in one of our career fields.”

More than 2,000 students from 23 different schools attended and participated in the activities.

“I think this was an awesome opportunity to not only engage the students with the military but also with STEM and space as a whole,” said Megan Wickline, Marrington Middle School of the Arts teacher. “The kids understand the concept of space and what STEM is but they don’t understand all the intricate details that go into actually putting something into the air. Each of the students visiting expressed an interest in STEM-related careers through their career surveys, so I think the hands-on experience was a great way to show them what they could potentially be doing ten years down the road.”

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Nascar Driver Kyle Larson Visits Meeting Street Academy in Charleston, SC

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LAS VEGAS, Aug. 4, 2017 —? On Wednesday, August 2, Kyle Larson, driver of the No. 42 Chevrolet SS, and Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) team engineers made a pit stop at Meeting Street Academy in Charleston, S.C. to speak to the fourth and fifth grade science classes about the role STEM subjects play in racing. Team partner Credit One Bank was also in attendance and donated $25,000 to the school.

“I loved meeting with the students of Meeting Street Academy,” said Larson. “Getting the chance to talk with kids about what I do is always something I enjoy, and they seemed pretty excited to hear about racing and fast cars. It was also fun to have some of our engineers on hand to explain how they build our cars. Without them, I wouldn’t be able to run up front and compete for wins, so it was great for them to tell the kids about the importance of technology in racing,” said Larson.

In addition to having Larson and the team engineers on hand, the students got an up close view of the No. 42 Credit One Bank Chevrolet SS, complete with the school’s logo on the car. ?Larson and CGR engineers spoke to the students about the technology associated with racing, how math and science play a role in building race cars, and the importance of STEM topics in motorsports. Credit One Bank also presented a donation of $25,000 to enhance the school’s science and robotics curriculum. Larson completed his visit by taking photos and having lunch with the students.

“This incredible donation from Credit One Bank will allow us to expand our STEM curriculum in amazing ways.??STEM is about so much more than learning science and computer programming—it really gives our scholars the opportunity to work together to solve complex problems,” said?Dirk Bedford, principal of Meeting Street Academy, Charleston. “The expansion of the Lego Robotics team will allow for the kind of critical hands-on, minds-on experiential learning that teaches our scholars to think analytically and work logistically to find solutions.”

“Credit One Bank is proud to be associated with Meeting Street Academy. Our hope is that this donation will help instill a love of learning and technology in the students for years to come,” said Laura Faulkner, vice president of marketing communications, Credit One Bank. “By aligning our partnerships with Chip Ganassi Racing and NASCAR with Credit One Bank’s commitment to education and giving back, we created a special opportunity for all of us to come together and provide the kids of Meeting Street Academy a unique approach to learning.”

About Credit One Bank
Credit One Bank, N.A. is a U.S. based national bank that specializes in credit cards. Credit One Bank is one of the largest and fastest growing issuers of credit cards in the industry and provides a broad spectrum of credit card products. Credit One Bank offers card members cash back rewards on eligible purchases, credit education tools, and free online access to their credit score each month.

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About Chip Ganassi Racing
Chip Ganassi has been a fixture in the auto racing industry for over 30 years and is considered one of the most successful as well as innovative owners the sport has anywhere in the world. Today his teams include four cars in the Verizon IndyCar Series, two cars in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, two cars in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, two factory Ford GT’s in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, and two factory Ford GT’s in the FIA World Endurance Championship. Overall his teams have 18 championships and more than 190 victories, including four Indianapolis 500s, a Daytona 500, a Brickyard 400, seven Rolex 24 At Daytonas, the 12 Hours of Sebring and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Ganassi boasts state-of-the-art race shop facilities in Indianapolis and Concord, N.C., with a corporate office in Pittsburgh, Pa.

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About Meeting Street Academy
Meeting Street Academy is the flagship school of Meeting Street Schools (MSS) – a network of public and private schools that was founded upon the belief that all children deserve an excellent education regardless of their geographic or socioeconomic circumstances, and that all children have the ability to excel in the classroom.? Where access to quality public education or affordable private alternatives is severely limited, MSS is providing children with transformational educational opportunities.? Opened in 2008, Meeting Street Academy is a private school serving students in grades PK3 – 5th who would otherwise attend schools that were below average.

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Charleston Defense Contractors Association Announces Launch of 7th Annual Student Mobile App Competition

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CHARLESTON, S.C., June 29, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The Charleston Defense Contractors Association (CDCA), a nonprofit focused on the preservation and growth of the defense and technology related industries in the Charleston and Lowcountry regions, today announced that it is now accepting submissions for its 7th Annual Student Mobile App Competition. ?The contest is open to middle school to college students throughout the Southeast. A recent economic report from Darla Moore School of Business at University of South Carolina (USC) revealed that Charleston is one of the leading defense and technology hubs in the U.S., contributing $10.6 billion to the overall $24.1 billion annual economic impact for South Carolina.

Mobile App Competition winners are announced during the CDCA Defense Summit (Formerly C5ISR Summit). This year’s annual event is scheduled for Dec. 5-8, 2017 in Charleston, SC. The conference brings together more than 1,500 industry leaders in technology, defense, health care and other organizations focused on driving innovation in the defense industry.? The event connects app competitors to companies participating in the Summit. In turn, past winners have received scholarships and job offers from their exposure to potential employers.

“The contest was a great experience for me,” said last year’s winner, DeJean Dunbar of Charleston Southern University.? “By participating I acquired valuable skills in building an app to solve a business challenge from the ground up. I also received insights into what companies are looking for in future employees. As a result of this contest, I found a passion for technology, my future career path and job interviews.”


CDCA’s 7th Annual Student Mobile App Competition

Judging criteria reviews the scope of problem addressed by the application, ease-of-use, and positive user experience. Applicants are encouraged to make applications intuitive. Additional materials may be submitted to explain the application’s use. Judges’ decisions are final.


Oct 27, 2017:? Deadline for Letter of Intent

Online submissions can be submitted on the CDCA website HERE.

Nov 15, 2017, 11:59pm EST:? Deadline for submitting the app and any supporting materials

Dec 6, 2017:? Winners announced at the CDCA Defense Summit?


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The competition is open to individuals or teams of Middle, High School, and full-time, undergraduate and graduate college students.

RULES & REGULATIONS:? Full list of terms and conditions can be found here.

About Charleston Defense Contractors Association

Charleston Defense Contractors Association (CDCA) is an association of organizations and individual professionals dedicated to preserving, highlighting and continuing to grow the defense industry and its affiliated-organizations in Charleston, South Carolina, and its immediate surrounding region.? Since its inception in December 2002, the CDCA has worked to address issues facing the continually changing landscape that is Charleston’s defense industry presence and ensure that it continues to be a thriving, sustained business opportunity in Charleston, South Carolina. For further information, visit us at

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Boeing South Carolina Aims to Connect with Regional Talent Through STEM Premier

CHARLESTON, S.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–In an effort to help the Tri-County Region create and retain a qualified talent pipeline for its booming aerospace industry, Boeing South Carolina has again teamed up with Charleston-based STEM Premier. STEM Premier enables colleges and companies like Boeing to proactively identify talent, ages 13+, and directly connect with them to create awareness of opportunities and careers within their organization.

For the second year in a row, Boeing will expand their involvement with STEM Premier by sponsoring three more local high schools – an approach that will support the mid-to-long-term workforce needs for Boeing in the region. Students attending Fort Dorchester High, West Ashley High and Berkeley High will join STEM Premier and be directly exposed to Boeing South Carolina to learn more about opportunities within the company.

“As we begin our second century of innovation, Boeing is committed to inspiring and preparing the next generation of innovators, critical thinkers and problem solvers,” said Kelley Halliwell, global corporate citizenship specialist at Boeing South Carolina. “We’re harnessing the natural curiosity of young people with opportunities made available through STEM Premier. We show them how their skills and talents can translate into high-paying jobs across a variety of industries.”

Boeing’s support of STEM Premier helps enable students to enroll and build digital portfolios showcasing their talents, receive personalized career guidance, and discover colleges and companies that can view student profiles and recruit them directly via internal messaging – leveling the playing field for all students.

“The opportunities are there. The talent is there. We only need to establish a more direct pathway that will create a recruiting ecosystem between the two. STEM Premier is that vehicle thanks to the support of companies such as Boeing,” said Casey Welch, co-founder and COO at STEM Premier.

“Through our support of organizations like STEM Premier, we are continuing to invest in South Carolina’s future,” continues Halliwell.

About STEM Premier

Headquartered in Charleston, S.C., STEM Premier is the first online solution that assists students ages 13+ in designing a career pathway, educators in recruiting top talent to their schools, and employers in developing a stable, continuous talent pipeline.?For more information, visit


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