Save the date! The 2020 Lowcountry Regioinal Science and Engineering Fair will be held on March 19th in the College Center at Trident Technical College. The registration is open until February 29, 2020.
Hope everyone is enjoying the summer break. The Lowcountry Hall is excited to share the 2019 Newsletter with you. Please click on the link to view the Newsletter
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
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!
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.
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.
The 2019 LRSEF will be held in the College Center at trident Technical College on April 09, 2019. Please visit our website at lhsm.cofc.edu for more details.
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)!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 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 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.”
Science 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!
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/