Technology Curriculum Enhancements

Evan Bell & Ellie Spencer build a VEX robot in the mechatronics class taught in the new innovation lab.

To enhance the school’s Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math (STEAM) curriculum, Wilson Hall is offering new classes, Mechatronics and Introduction to Engineering Technology I & II, which are being taught in the new innovation laboratory.             Mechatronics is a multidisciplinary field of engineering that includes a combination of mechanical engineering, robotics, electronics, computer engineering, telecommunications engineering, systems engineering and control engineering. As part of the class, students design and build a VEX robot.

Introduction to Engineering Technology is a course which develops analytical thinking and independent problem-solving skills through project-based learning using the Ardunio, an open-source computer hardware/software platform for building digital devices and interactive objects that can sense and control the physical world around them. Arduino was born at the Ivrea Interaction Design Institute as an easy tool for fast prototyping, aimed at students without a background in electronics and programming, and is widely used in the educational curricula at both high school and college level.

These new classes were added to the existing technology curriculum: Advanced Placement JAVA Programming, Advanced Programming, Computer Science & Applications, Computer Structures & Design, and Introduction to Programming. These classes are taught in a newly renovated computer science lab for upper school students.

In addition, all students in four-year-old preschool through sixth grade take a computer science course in a computer science lab dedicated to our younger students.

Alderson Wins at CCTC Academic Challenge

Sean Alderson, Shelby Guldan, Ingrid Singleton & Callie McAdams

Seniors Sean Alderson, Shelby Guldan, Callie McAdams and Ingrid Singleton, members of the high school quiz bowl team advised by Mr. Tom O’Hare, participated in the annual Central Carolina Technical College Academic Challenge.

Sean earned the high score for overall general knowledge as well as the high score for business & industry and history & literature.

The team marketing competition, in which Wilson Hall placed first, consisted of teams tasked with identifying a target student and developing a marketing strategy to recruit the target student to attend CCTC.

Thirteen four-student teams from Clarendon, Kershaw, Lee and Sumter counties participated. The Academic Challenge is structured in a Jeopardy/College Bowl format where teams compete against one another on topics that include: business and industry, health, history, literature, mathematics, popular culture, and science.

There were three areas of competition: general knowledge exam, team marketing competition, and academic challenge. The general knowledge portion was a computer-based 100-question multiple-choice exam in which all students competed against one another.

The final competition was the Academic Challenge portion, to which Wilson Hall advanced to the finals, where teams participated in a Jeopardy style competition.

Segars Spotlight Artist of the Month

Senior Liza Segars, a student in the Advanced Placement 2-D Design class taught by Ms. Mary Ann Reames, is the Spotlight Artist for the month of November. Each month, a student is chosen for the honor and has his or her artwork displayed along with a brief profile of the student. Liza answered the following questions for her profile:
What are your favorite subjects and why? Chemistry and calculus because they are the most interesting to me. I find them interesting because of the way they apply to real life, especially chemistry. Also, my teachers are always willing to take extra time to help me understand things I’m struggling with.

Who is your favorite artist and why? Tyrone Geter because he captures similar aspects of life that I try to portray in my art.

What is one thing you like to do when you are not doing art? Play basketball.

What are some of the problems and solutions you came up with while creating one of your works of art? How to incorporate meaning into my art.

What do you like most about your art class? The ability to express myself through art.

Chess Team Captures State Title

The high school chess team won the S.C. Independent School Association State Tournament held at the Sumter County Civic Center on November 13. Advised by Ms. Carmen McCaffrey, the following students are members of the team: Sean Alderson, Rushi Baghat, Ashton Bartlett, Bo Brogdon, Langston Cooper, Nathan Drakeford, Mills Herlong, Grey Holler, Luke Kinney, Mitchell Matthews, Daniel Metzdorf, Wade Payne, Graham VanPatten and Jacob Watt.

4th Grade Colonial Day

Lauren Burchett

As part of the curriculum in their U.S. History class, the fourth grade students participated in the annual Wilson Hall Colonial Day which was held at the Carolina Backcountry Homestead at the Sumter County Museum on November 9. This recreated homestead, which hosts living history events, includes a log cabin, settler’s house, a smokehouse, barn, commissary (storehouse), loomhouse, outhouse, blacksmith shop, and gardens. Colonial Day offers a hands-on learning experience about daily life during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Dressed in period costume, the students participated in a wide variety of activities including colonial cooking and a militia drill. Also dressed in period costume, parent volunteers and teachers assisted the museum’s staff and volunteers with the different activities throughout the day. For Patriot Night, an evening reception held at the home of Tim and Holly Garrity, students, faculty and parents also dressed in period costume. The fourth grade teachers are Mrs. Tammy Amick, Mrs. Laura Brogdon and Mrs. Louise Dixon.