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Teachers receive GLOBE training through grant!

The Smoky Mountain STEM Collaborative grant supported 5 Macon County teachers to receive GLOBE training.  This training encourages teachers to set up observation stations at their schools and get students involved in collecting real data for NASA, NOAA and GLOBE researchers.  To learn more about GLOBE, go to www.globe.gov.  You can help collect data through the Globe Observer app!  Check it out!

Teachers attend “Invention Project” Professional Development

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Teachers learned more about inquiry based instruction and the cross-curricular connections that can made.  The STEM-E grant helped support 25 Macon County teachers who attended the one day professional development session.  The class was provided by Invent Now and the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

Macon County is currently providing Invention Project afterschool program at Mountain View Intermediate School and Macon Middle School.  Invention Project summer camps will run June 12-16 at both schools.  For more information or to register, please go to the registration page on this website.

South Macon Biodiversity Blitz!

On May 25th, South Macon 4th grade students participated in a biodiversity blitz in their schoolyard.  Students participated in three stations in their schoolyard.

Salamanders with Coweeta Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) program:  Students will learn about the adaptations and diversity of salamanders found in local streams

Fish with Mainspring Conservation Trust:  Students will learn about different fish species found in our streams and how they are adapted to survive.

Birds with Southern Appalachian Raptor Research:  Students will observe a bird scientist and his team as they catch, band and release birds caught on the school property using mist nets.

There are plans to include seating and a nature trail as part of an outdoor classroom on the school property.

 

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STEM Science at MVI

Thanks to a grant for a Duke Energy Science Kit, 175 students in 6th grade at Mountain View made everything from slime to paper flying machines!  The Connections 5th grade students led the 10 stations for two hours as the 6th grade rotated through the activities.

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Students also had a visit from 3 feathery friends!  Carlton Burke brought a few of his owls to teach about birds of the night.  A Wild South grant and the Academic Foundation made this program possible for the 6th grade students and Mrs. Castner’s 5th grade team who has been studying owls in their English/Language Arts class.

STEM Family Night in Highlands!

Highlands School students and parents enjoyed an informal STEM Family Night in conjunction with their Science Fair and Book Fair.  Students participated in a variety of activities including bow and arrow trajectory, straw rockets, marshmallow towers and slime.  The theme for the evening was Motion and Forces.  There were 10 different hands-on activities plus a showcase of the school’s new 3D printer and their robotics team!

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STEM Career Fair

Over 40 presenters from Macon County and surrounding communities attended the STEM Career Fair at Mountain View Intermediate School on April 7th.  All 5th and 6th grade students had the opportunity to participate in a conference style career fair where presenters provided information about STEM Careers and had students participate in a related activity or experiment.  Thank you so much to these folks who donated their time for our students!

WCU Engineering-computer aided design 3D printing

WCU Electrical Engineering

Zaniac – Computer Programming

Zaniac – Game Design

Franklin Tubular -Business/Manufacturing Management -Mr. Edgemon

Structural Engineering – Mr. Hanners

SCC Automotive – Mr. Myers

STEM Applications in US Army – Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Coley Tyler

DWQ – Water Quality Monitoring/AmeriCorps – aquatic insects – Madelyn Johanson

Bee Keeping – Mr. Burrell

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Ranger – Susan Sachs

Mainspring Conservation Non-Profit Conservation – Stream Ecology – Mr. Meador

Macon County EMS Paramedicine – EMT – Jeremy Cabe

RGNS – Athletic Trainer – Mark Green

Macon County Sheriff – Law Enforcement – Tony Corbin

Bionetwork – Strawberry DNA

Angel Medical Center – Surgery

Angel Medical Center – Radiology

Rabun Animal Hospital – Veterinary/Veterinary Technician Professions – Roxanne Zemmin

Wolfgang’s Restaurant Chef- creativity in cooking – Mr. Cress

Pharmacist – Cristen Dando

Macon County Wastewater Treatment- Chemistry – Mr. Bill Deal

Backlot Cinema Audio/Video Production – Mr. Walker

Science of Music – Mr.Kittle

Bascome-Louise Gallery Art in STEM – Mr. Tenesaca

Green Energy Park – Alternative Energy – Mr. Timm Muth

WCU Astronomer – NASA Data – Mr. Gomez

USGS – Geology – Bart Cattanach

Coweeta – Soil Science and Critters – Dr. Jennifer Knoepp

NASA – Rocket Science with Warren Wiley

Agriculture – Joe Deal

Atmospheric Science – Zachary Tuggle

Soil and Water Stream Table – Doug Johnson

Angel Medical Center – Nutrition

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Macon County Students Attend “Hidden Figures” Screening!

Students from across the region attended the Ruby Cinema special showings of the film.  The Smoky Mountain STEM Collaborative grant supported scholarships for students to attend.

MVI – 300 students

Union Academy – 65 students

Macon Middle School – 500 students

Nantahala School – 40 students

Franklin High School – 400 students

Macon Early College – 150

Swain Middle School – 165

Blue Ridge (Jackson County) – 100 students

Smoky Mountain Elementary – 200 Students

Jackson County School of Alternatives – 10 Students

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