Lady Cougars Basketball STEM Education Day | February 19, 2016

Join us for the 4th 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 Elon University, out of North Carolina.

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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, sustainability in the classroom, 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 19, 2016
     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 by sending the STEM Education Day Packet to rodgersja@cofc.edu
Cost: Free
Deadline: Register by February 10, 2016 to ensure your space

We hope to see you there!
Children at the Lady Cougars basketball team's education day

EARTH SCIENCE DAY

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Want to learn about the cool and dynamic things that can happen on our planet and the Solar System?

Join us to find our more about our dynamic Earth on November 14. This event is presented by the College of Charleston Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences and the Geology Club. We will be hosting hands-on exploration stations for all ages! Activities will include Lava Races, Interactive Topography Maps, an interactive walk of the Solar System and MUCH more! Then in the evening, Dr. John Chadwick will show new images and discuss amazing discoveries from recent missions to Earth’s Planetary neighbors in a talk titled: The Awesome Planets: New Results from NASA Missions to Pluto, Mars, Saturn and Earth’s Other Siblings.Sandbox


Where: College of Charleston’s School of Science and Mathematics Building (202 Calhoun St, Charleston, SC 29403)
When: Saturday, November 14, 2015 11 AM – 2 PM | Evening talk at 6 PM (refreshments afterwards)

Come Learn, Play, and Appreciate Earth Science!

CofC Science and Math at the Charleston Stingrays | October 25, 2016

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Look out the window at the world outside – how many different colors can you see? Did you ever wonder why flowers, fruits, grass, insects, rocks, and bird feathers have color? Or have you wondered the same about the colors in sunsets, crayons, paint, or T-shirts?

Stingrays_smJoin us to find our more about colors as we celebrate National Chemistry Week at the Stingrays game on October 18. This event is presented by the College of Charleston School of Science and Mathematics, specifically the Department of Chemistry and the Alpha Chi Sigma Chemistry Fraternity, and the Charleston Stingrays Hockey team. Experience hands-on activities and demonstrations and then enjoy the hockey game against the Atlanta Gladiators.


What: Chemistry hands-on activities and demonstrations focused on the many colors of our world!
Where: North Charleston Coliseum
When: Sunday, October 25, 2015 3:05 PM

We hope to see you there!

Talking Trash: Marine Debris and the Environment

17_debris_beach2Join Keep Charleston Beautiful and the College of Charleston for a professional development opportunity for teachers, focused on marine debris in the environment. Using an inquiry based approach, this workshop will include hands-on activities while meeting 2014 SC science standards. The workshop will examine the impacts of marine debris and discuss possible solutions.


When: June 18, 2015
Where: 202 Calhoun Street (College of Charleston School of Science and Math Building), Room 229
Grade Levels: Middle School
PD Credit: To ensure that you get credit through Charleston County School District, please register through PALMS (http://www.ccsdschools.com/EmployeeTools/), Course #36209 and Section #56077, or if you do NOT need credit, you can register at http://blogs.cofc.edu/lowcountryhall/talking-trash-registration/.

For more information, contact Montana Jernigan at Cleancityintern@charleston-sc.gov or check out the Talking Trash Workshop Flyer.

2015 Lowcountry Science Fair Winners Announced

The 2015 Lowcountry Regional Science and Engineering Fair was held Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at the College of Charleston TD Arena. Over 120 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.

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Summer STEAM Institute with ECM and LHSM

climatechange13Lowcountry Hall of Science and Math is partnering with Engaging Creative Minds, Chucktown Squash, and the Department of Health and Human and Performance to offer a Summer STEAM Institute for students in grades 3-8 at the College of Charleston. All of the information is below including how to register, but if you have any questions, you can contact me via email. Hope to see you this summer!

Summer STEAM Institute is designed for creative and energetic students in grades 3-8 who want to spend their summer engaged in unique learning experiences that foster creativity and problem solving alongside local artists, cultural organizations, and professionals in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics. No experience necessary! Register for any or all of the individual week sessions running weekdays from June 15th – July 24th. Themes change each week so no two weeks are the same.

June 15-19 So You Think You Can Fly? Force, Motion, and Superheroes with Annex Dance Company, musician Tom Noren using Garage Band, Charleston Stage, and visual sculptures with Deborah Meyer.
June 22-26 Go Green with Team STEAM! Environmental Science with Annex Dance Company, jazz musician Ann Caldwell, Storytree Theater, and visual artists Art Buzz Kids.
June 29-July 3 Outta this world! Blast off STEAM! Planetary Science with dance artist from the Charleston Performing Arts Center, world music musician William DeHaro Kinard, Charleston Stage, and visual artist Meg Mims with Heal with Hearts.
July 6-July 10 Junior Engineers: Dream, Design, and Build! Engineering with dance artist Addy Gant from Heal with Hearts, music with Charleston Performing Arts Center, Storytree Theater, and move-able art with visual artist Kathleen Fox.
July 13-July 17 Rhythm, Robots and RAM! Computer Science with dance artist Erin Leigh, musician Tom Noren using Garage Band, Charleston Stage, and puppet maker Becky Becker.
July 20-July 24 Potions in Motion! Chemistry with dance artist Georgia Haygood, musician TBA, Charleston Stage, and visual artist Kristy Bishop.

beeactivitySummer STEAM is located at the College of Charleston. Camp hours are 8:30-4:00 with extended day option and breakfast, lunch and healthy snacks included in the price each day. Cost is $200 per week for individual weeks or $175 per week if registering for 3 or more weeks.

At Summer STEAM, campers will study with at least 4 different ECM arts and cultural partners each week, as well as a number of STEM professionals. Students are grouped age appropriately with an 8:1 student to certified teacher ratio. Fridays are dedicated to Think Tank Challenges in which community professionals engage students in solving real world problems.

For more information or to register, visit https://engagingcreativeminds.org/steam-2015/ or call at 843.789.0450.

Charleston Darwin Week | February 7-12, 2015

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Join the College of Charleston again this year as we celebrate Charles Darwin and his research in evolution. Activities for the week are listed below. In addition, for the second year, we will have our celebration of evolutionary science for children and youth – Piccolo Darwin Week (http://dillonr.people.cofc.edu/piccolo.html. There are still some spots open so register soon.

Consider the Lilies… and the Finches
Rev. Rutledge, from the Circular Congregational Church, will reflect on how Darwin’s discoveries have opened up new ways of thinking about ourselves, our lives, our ethics and spirituality. Our understanding of cosmic and natural evolution may help us move beyond the narrow confines of anthropocentrism to a richer, fuller view of life.

Teaching the Controversy? A Conversation on Science Education and Religious Conviction
From the fall of 2013 through most of 2014, the agencies responsible for developing the science curriculum of South Carolina were deadlocked over High School Standard H.B.5, Biological Evolution. Do controversies of this sort originate from a legitimate scientific challenge to modern evolutionary theory? Or do they arise from political ideologies or competing religious convictions? And what place should “teaching the controversy” have in the public school science curriculum? Join representatives of the religious and educational communities for a public conversation exploring these questions.

Stem_partner_logo_webAnd so many more events throughout the week…for dates and times, visit the Darwin Week website at: http://dillonr.people.cofc.edu/DarwinWeek.html.

All part of the 2015 Charleston STEM Festival!

Charleston STEM Festival | February 7, 2015

Charleston STEM Festival logoJoin the Lowcountry Hall of Science and Math on February 7, 2015 at the Charleston STEM Festival. During the festival kick-off, children and families will view exhibits and participate in interactive demonstrations hosted by local industries, non-profits and educational institutions. In the two weeks following the event, our community supporters will be hosting a wide variety of events around town, including workshops, lectures, and open houses.

The festival kick-off on Saturday, February 7, 2015 is a one-day (10am-3pm) interactive event at Brittlebank Park that will highlight the many STEM education initiatives in the area.

For more information, check out http://charlestonstemfest.org/.

Lady Cougars Basketball STEM Education Day | February 13, 2015

Join us for the 3rd annual STEM Education Day presented by the College of Charleston School of Science and Mathematics, the Lowcountry Hall of Science and Math, and the 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 Hofstra University, out of New York.

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What: STEM hands-on activities and demonstrations including (to name only a few) a chemistry magic show, touch tanks, energy and light physics demos, earth and planetary science, sustainability in the classroom, robotics and computer science, flying paper airplane construction, science rocks songs, dancing with Clyde the Cougar, and the list goes on!
Where: College of Charleston TD Arena
When: Friday, February 13, 2015
     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 by sending the STEM Education Day Packet to rodgersja@cofc.edu
Cost: Free
Deadline: Register by February 2, 2015 to ensure your space

We hope to see you there!
Children at the Lady Cougars basketball team's education day

Educator Workshop: Albedo’s Affect on Climate Change


This weekend the College of Charleston is hosting the Southern Atlantic Coast Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers Conference. Join the Lowcountry Hall of Science and Math aas we explore our changing climate through changes in albedo. Earth’s albedo has been steadily declining. Why? In this workshop, we will explore what exactly albedo is by gathering data on the reflectivity of light and absorption of radiant energy. Then we will investigate the characteristics of a variety of surfaces and their effect on the way that surface absorbs and releases heat from the sun. Finally, we will explore what activities on Earth are causing changes in albedo and the role that they play in a changing climate.

When: October 25, 2014 | 2-4 PM
Where: College of Charleston Harbor Walk West building, room 110
Who: Educators of all grades (content will be focused on 5th-high school)

We will take into consideration science and engineering practices, disciplinary core ideas and crosscutting concepts from the new SC Science Standards as we explore this hot topic issue.

Hope to see you there. Contact Cynthia Hall (hallcr@cofc.edu) if you have any questions. More information on the workshop can be found at .

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