School Year Launches with NASA and Area STEM Businesses

On Wednesday, Aug. 29 almost 1,000 Charleston County School District (CCSD) students from more than 20 schools attended the STEM Career Fair where they saw demonstrations of NASA’s new heavy-lift rocket, the Space Launch System. The event, hosted by Charleston County, allowed students to explore STEM-related career opportunities.

As part of the Career Fair, retired astronaut Dr. Don Thomas was on hand to speak to the attending middle and high school students and later in the week will visit students at St. Andrew’s School of Math and Science in West Ashley along with other CCSD schools.

Students that attended were able to:

• Meet retired NASA Astronaut Dr. Don Thomas

• Explore the NASA and STEM Expo

• Interact with NASA Staff

• Engage in hands-on STEM Activities

• Meet Representatives from local colleges and businesses

Chad Vail, Work-based Learning Partnerships Coordinator, Career & Technology Education Support Team with CCSD said the invitation to Charleston County students to participate was one of a kind. “The opportunity for career exploration this provided our students is immeasurable.”

“This is an amazing opportunity for our community for collaboration and commerce,” said event organizer, and Charleston County Government Operations Officer Kevin Limehouse. “We feel this expo was more than just connections.”

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