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!

Eclipse 2017

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A total solar eclipse was visible from the Northern tip of Australia on Nov. 13, 2012 at 3:35 EST. The light halo visible around the edges of the moon is the sun’s atmosphere, the corona. Image courtesy of Romeo Durscher

Those of us here in South Carolina are about to witness a unique and spectacular event – a total solar eclipse and Greenville, Columbia, and Charleston are in the path of totality! This total solar eclipse is the first in the continental United States in nearly 40 years and takes place on Aug. 21, 2017.

This celestial event is a solar eclipse in which the moon passes between the sun and Earth and blocks all or part of the sun for up to about three hours, from beginning to end, as viewed from a given location. For this eclipse, the longest period when the moon completely blocks the sun from any given location along the path will be about two minutes and 40 seconds. The last time the contiguous U.S. saw a total eclipse was in 1979.

There are numerous locations around the Charleston area where you can safely witness this event. Safety is of extreme importance! You never want to look directly at the sun without appropriate protection except during totality. That could severely hurt your eyes. There are many ways to safely view an eclipse of the sun including direct viewing – which requires some type of filtering device, like eclipse glasses (make sure they are ISO certified) and indirect viewing where you project an image of the sun onto a screen. For a cool projector that you can make, check out http://richardsont.people.cofc.edu/safe_solar_folder/index.html

For locations around the lowcountry, check out our map at: http://blogs.cofc.edu/lowcountryhall/great-american-eclipse-2017/

CofC Science and Math at the Charleston Battery | September 24, 2016

PrintWhere were you on February 26th, 1979? During 1979 Jimmy Carter was the 39th president of the United States, the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl 13 and McDonald’s introduced the Happy Meal. This was the most recent total solar eclipse the continental United States has experienced. Now, after a drought of nearly four decades, the United States will be treated to the Great American Eclipse. Total eclipses are rare and very impactful events. For those who have witnessed them, it is a memory they keep forever. Come see what its all about!

batteryJoin us this weekend to find out more about the eclipse as well as our sun and various other energy sources. We will even have a soccer ball that powers a lamp…how cool is that? The event is being held at the final soccer game of the Charleston Battery, on September 24 at 7:30PM. This event is presented by the College of Charleston School of Science and Mathematics, specifically the Department of Physics and Astronomy, the Lowcountry Hall of Science and Math, the SC NASA Space Grant Consortium, and the Charleston Battery Soccer team. Experience hands-on activities and demonstrations, as well as, see a high altitude balloon being launched the day of the eclipse, and then enjoy the soccer game against the New York Red Bulls.


What: High altidude balloon launch and video streaming, and hands on demonstrations of physics models, including an energy storing soccer ball
Where: MUSC Health Stadium
When: Saturday, September 24, 2016, 7:30PM

We hope to see you there!

Lady Cougars Basketball STEM Education Day | January 27, 2017

Join us for the 5th 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 Hofstra University, out of New York.

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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, January 27, 2017
     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/ or you can send the application found in the registration flyer at 2017-cofc-stem-day-registration-packet to rodgersja@cofc.edu.
Cost: Free
Deadline: Register by Friday, January 13, 2017 to ensure your space

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

2016 Lowcountry Science Fair Winners Announced

The 2016 Lowcountry Regional Science and Engineering Fair was held Tuesday, April 5, 2016 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.

Student presenting his science fair project to one of our judges.

Student presenting his science fair project to one of our judges.

The top winners this year included: From the Junior 1 Division (5th and 6th grade), McAndrew Mangan and John Wohlsheid, from Fort Johnson Middle School, took 1st place for their real world problem solving, creating Kinesthetic Speed Bumps, providing the James Island County Park Festival of Lights an alternative source of energy to pwer their amazing light displays. From the Junior 2 Division (7th and 8th grade), Isabella Hehr, from the Lowcountry Leadership Charter School, took first place for her project, Electric Night Mares, in which she exposed mares to incandescent lighting to simulate increase in daylight so that their bodies would assume that it was Spring or Summer which is their normal breeding season, potentially bearing foals earlier in the season. From the Senior 1 Division (9th and 10th grade), Isabella Neubauer, from The Georgetown School of Arts an Sciences, took first place for her project, Music in my Mind, in which to determine if any connection exists between personality as measured by the Big 5 test and music preferences. And from the Senior 2 Division (11th and 12th grades), Emily Ingalls from academic Magnet High School, took first place for her project, Increasing the Efficacy of Corneal Cross-linking [CXL] to treat Keratoconic Eyes, a disease of the cornea.
Isabella Neubauer, overall winner of the Lowcountry Regional Science and Engineering Fair.

Isabella Neubauer, overall winner of the Lowcountry Regional Science and Engineering Fair.

Isabella Neubauer, overall winner of the Lowcountry Regional Science and Engineering Fair.[/caption]The overall winner of the Lowcountry Regional Science and Engineering Fair was Isabella Neubauer, who will travel to Phoenix, AZ to present her project at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. Amazing Projects!

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

Charleston STEM Festival | February 6, 2016

Charleston STEM Festival logoJoin the Lowcountry Hall of Science and Math on February 6, 2016 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 6, 2016 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 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!