Registration is open for Girls Day Out 2019!

Registration for Girls Day Out 2019 is open! Please see below the details…

Mission:  To inspire, attract and empower girls to explore Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics (STEM) majors and careers.

Thank you for your interest in our Eighth Annual Girls’ Day Out (GDO) Summer Camp! This three-day, fun-filled event is scheduled for July 25 – 27, 2019. The camp is designed to educate rising 8th and 9th grade girls on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) related degrees and career opportunities, all while having fun! The camp is free for all students.

Over the course of the camp, participants will:

  • Tour a college campus and museum
  • Tour the Bosch laboratories
  • Participate in hands-on computer science and cyber security activities
  • Meet with college admissions advisors
  • Learn interpersonal skills and techniques for choosing appropriate attire for all occasions
  • Meet women in STEM careers

During the three-day event, participants will stay on campus at the College of Charleston for ONE NIGHT ONLY, JULY 26 – 27. (NOTE: Campers are REQUIRED to stay overnight, no exceptions!). All chaperones will have completed a thorough background investigation.

Registration is open for the Girls Day Out this year. Sponsored by Naval Information Warfare Center Atlantic (NIWC Atlantic) via ONR, NUCOR Steel Berkeley, Bosch, Naval Health Clinic Charleston, North Charleston Police Department, College of Charleston and Trident Technical College via ACE, Girls’ Day Out (GDO) is designed to inspire, educate and attract girls to pursue STEM careers. GDO provides opportunities for participation in hands-on STEM activities from a diverse spectrum of STEM organizations. STEM professionals from businesses and organizations throughout the low country present interactive activities that bring excitement and STEM relevance to many of the tools that are used in their daily occupations. The professionals take the time to share with the girls how they can have meaningful careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Parents will also be afforded the opportunity to hear from colleges and universities about the requirements for their students to be accepted in these educational institutions.

The Facebook page is www.facebook.com/gdocharleston and the link to the Registration portal is https://forms.gle/uLeGu3LC2s8cw7HPA

Please contact GDOsummercamp@gmail.com  if you have any specific questions. The GDO-2019 flyer can be viewed here.

2019 Lowcountry Regional Science and Engineering Fair winners announced!

The 2019 Lowcountry Regional Science and Engineering Fair was held Tuesday, April 09, 2019 at the College center in the Trident Tech campus. A total of 79 students participated showing off their wonderful projects in science, engineering and math. Congratulations to all of our winners, this list of which can be accessed at http://lhsm.cofc.edu/lowcountry-science-fair/index.php.

The top winners this year included:

Landon Burn from St. Andrew’s School of Math and Science won the award for Junior 1 Division (5th and 6th grades). Basketball players were tested on their short-term memory in Landon’s project titled “Put Your Short-term Memory to the Test under the supervision of Ms, Jennifer Wood.

Walker Hussey under the supervision of Ms. Angie Alves at the East Cooper Charter Montessori won the award for Junior 2 Division (7th and 8th grades). His project titled “Testing for Quenchents” was on his research on 52100 grade steel. The steel was heat treated and quenched in two different types of quenchents to test its strength and flexibility.

Ishraq Haque at the Academic Magnet High School presented his “Novel Arsenic Filtration System for Low-income Families in Bangladesh” to win the award for Senior 1 Division (9th and 10th grades).  His project received attention and admiration from various environmentalists in the locality.

The winner for Senior 3 Division (11th and 12th grades) was Tatiyana Adkins at the Palmetto Scholars Academy, who has done her research under her teacher Dr. Dina Moseley.  She won the award for her spectacular study on the “Effects of Maternal Marijuana on Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome: Withdrawal and Treatment”

The overall winners at the Senior Divisions,  Tatiyana Adkins and Ishraq Haque, will travel to Phoenix, AZ to present their projects at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.

Thank you to all students, teachers, parents and judges that participated, encouraging STEM minds!

Registration Deadline for 2019 Lowcountry Regional Science and Engineering Fair has been extended!

Attention prospective LRSEF participants!!! AlsoThe deadline of registration has been extended to March 29 (Friday)!

Also, we received the ISEF Broadcom MASTERS Affiliation this year and will be able to nominate middle school students for the ISEF Broadcom MASTERS Competition. In addition, the best project at the middle school level receives a $ 100 Cash Award!

As always, there are quite a few different certificates and awards waiting for your students. We expect all of  you on April 9th at Trident Technical College.

You Be The Chemist Challenge 2019 at College of Charleston

Congratulations to all participants and winners of the Local Challenge! The top 16 contestants are chosen to participate in the State Challenge on April 27th in Columbia.

The Local Challenge winners are:

First Place: Harry Ding

Second Place: Cate Brouwer

Third Place: Nicholas Grayson

Fourth Place: Nicholas Ramirez

Great job, teachers and parents, we appreciate your dedication and hard work.

Pictures from the event are posted on the FaceBook page for the Lowcountry Hall of Science and Math.

Congratulations to the 2018 LRSEF Winners Anna and Naomi!

Congratulations to the 2018 Lowcountry Regional Science and Engineering Fair Winners: Senior 2 Winner Anna Smirnova from Academic Magnet High School (teacher Katy Metzner-Roop) and Senior 1 Winner Naomi Higgins from The Georgetown School of Arts and Sciences (teacher Michelle Neubauer)!

Overall winners, Naomi Higgins and Anna Smirnova

With their research, Anna and Naomi each won their particular division of the Lowcountry Regional Science and Engineering Fair, held in April at the College of Charleston and presented at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), this May in Pittsburgh, PA.

The LHSM was proud to have both of these students represent the Lowcountry of South Carolina at the Intel ISEF. Anna’s research focused on how Phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) affects the phase dynamics of the polymer in solution, to see if it might provide an additional nucleation site and increase aggregation and alter the final film morphology of the spin-coated solution. Naomi’s research tried to determine if music or sounds are motivational and improve concentration, or if they were distracting, while performing some type of math task.

Anna at her LRSEF PosterAnna is currently a senior at Academic Magnet High School, Charleston, SC. This summer She’ll be working in the physical chemistry lab with Dr. Boucher at the College of Charleston. Next year She’ll be studying chemistry at Duke University. In the future, she hopes to use the principles of physics and chemistry to make the world a better place, specifically in the energy and environment sector. After college, she hopes to get a Ph.D. in molecular engineering, physical chemistry, or a related field, and possibly work for the Department of Energy or maybe run her own lab at a university.

Naomi at the Intel ISEF 2018Naomi will be a Sophomore at The Georgetown School of Art and Sciences, Georgetown, SC. She is still not quite sure what the future holds for her, but she knows that she is interested in continuing her research around music and the effects it has on people.

Both girls attended the Intel ISEF in Pittsburgh and were truly amazed. Both students talked about the opportunities to meet new people and see the inspiring research going on from high school students. Anna said, “talking to people with similar interests from across the world was so fun, and it was inspiring to see so many kids doing such incredible work.” Naomi said, “The whole experience, for me, was life changing because it showed me that I may be in high school but I have the opportunities to change the world for the better with my work. I will never forget this experience.”

Naomi meeting students from all over the worldScience fair has in many schools fallen by the wayside, yet there are so many benefits to performing real-world research. I asked Anna and Naomi why they thought it was beneficial and here is what they said…Anna said, “I almost didn’t submit my project because I didn’t think my data was good enough. Just go for it, you never know what might happen! Even if you don’t win any prizes it is still a great opportunity to learn how to speak well, get advice on your project from actual scientists and to make connections. Also don’t be nervous about speaking in front of the judges, more than anything they are there to encourage you and push you to think more!” And Naomi, “I believe the science fair teaches students how to speak to adults and do it well, how to present themselves in a respectful way, and it allows students to explore different fields of science that they could truly be interested in. Science fair has only had a positive impact on me and I hope science fairs will continue for years to come.”

As the Intel ISEF says…the future is indeed bright for these science fair participants. And it is indeed bright for our own Anna Smirnova and Naomi Higgins!

2018 Lowcountry Science and Engineering Fair Winners Announced

The 2018 Lowcountry Regional Science and Engineering Fair was held Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at the College of Charleston TD Arena. Over 100 students participated showing off their wonderful projects in science, engineering and math. Congratulations to all of our winners, this list of which can be accessed at http://lhsm.cofc.edu/lowcountry-science-fair/index.php.

Student being judged at the Lowcountry Regional Science and Engineering Fair.

The top winners this year included: From the Junior 1 Division (5th and 6th grade), Sam Owens, from Lowcountry Leadership Charter School, took 1st place for his project, What Does it Take for Clay to Break?, looking at the strength of various types of clay, including air dry, oven baked and epoxy- based clays. From the Junior 2 Division (7th and 8th grade), Ella Cheek, from The Georgetown School of Arts and Sciences, too 1st place for her project, Get Color Stoked, determining whether or not color evokes certain emotions in people. From the Senior 1 Division (9th and 10th grade), Naomi Higgins, from The Georgetown School of Arts and Sciences, took first place for her project, Test Tunes, an experiment to determine whether or not music or sounds are motivational and improve concentration. And from the Senior 2 Division (11th and 12th grades), Anna Smirnova from Academic Magnet High School, took first place for her project, The effect of fullerene additives on P3HT films processed in binary solution, to determine how CBM and various solution preparation methods affect the aggregation of P3HT.

Overall winners, Naomi Higgins and Anna Smirnova

The overall winner of the Lowcountry Regional Science and Engineering Fair was Anna Smirnova, who will travel to Pittsburgh, PA to present her project at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. In addition, this year, the overall second place winner, Naomi Higgins, will also travel there. Amazing Projects!

Thank you to all students, teachers, parents and judges that participated, encouraging STEM minds!

Lady Cougars Basketball STEM Education Day | February 23, 2018

Join us for the 6th annual STEM Education Day presented by the College of Charleston School of Science and Mathematics, Lowcountry Hall of Science and Math, and Lady Cougars Basketball team. Experience hands-on activities and demonstrations related to science, technology, engineering and math by College of Charleston Faculty as well as local STEM organizations and then enjoy the Lady Cougars basketball game against the University of North Carolina, out of Wilmington.


What: STEM hands-on activities and demonstrations including (to name only a few) marine animal touch tanks, energy and light physics demos, earth and planetary science, robotics and computer science, flying paper airplane construction, dancing with Clyde the Cougar, and the list goes on!

Where: College of Charleston TD Arena
When: Friday, February 23, 2018
     STEM Activities: 9:30-11 AM
     Game: 11:30 AM – on
Who: The event is open to all 3rd-8th grade classes in the Lowcountry (however you MUST register as there is limited space). Register at http://blogs.cofc.edu/lowcountryhall/stemdayreg/.
Cost: Free
Deadline: Register by Friday, February 9 to ensure your space

We hope to see you there!