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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Macon County Students visit Raleigh!

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Over the weekend, 44 students from Macon Middle School and Franklin High School traveled to Raleigh North Carolina to attend the NC State Engineering Open House.  While in Raleigh, students spent some time at the Museum of Natural History, visited the Capitol, toured the NC State Campus and learned a lot about college life and academic programs at NC State.  The majority of the trip was funded through the STEM-E grant through the Cherokee Preservation Foundation.

Discovery Education Math Techbook Training

Macon County math teachers attended two days of Math Techbook training at the Drake Education Center.  Discovery Education provided the professional development for 25 teachers from 7th – 12th grade schools in Macon County.  This resource will serve as a resource for teachers and students and incorporates videos, games, practice and tutorials on NC Math Common Core standards.  The training will continue this fall when Discovery Education consultants go to the individual schools and work with teachers to implement in the classroom.

Little Bits STEM Kits!

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Students at Mountain View Intermediate School created cars and catapults out of Littlebits circuit kits during their Eagle Time.  These kits help students understand mechanical and electrical engineering and were loads of fun!  If you are a teacher and are interested in checking out the Littlebits kits, please contact Jennifer Love at 524-3314.

BioNetwork Genetics Program at MVI

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Students in Mrs. Moore’s 5th grade classes learned about their genes from BioNetwork educator Summer Cortinez.  Students were able to extract DNA and understand how scientists can learn more about living organisms by examining their DNA.

These programs are free to teachers and students in Macon County.  If you are a teacher and are interested in having a program at your school, please go to or contact Jennifer Love at 828-524-3314.

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