Macon Early College Hydroponics Project

Students in Mr. Eric Jackson’s Science classes have been learning about real-world applications of pH, light wavelengths, and biological processes through a hydroponics grow tower.  The tower is on loan through The Science House equipment lending program.  This program is made possible through NC State University which required Mr. Jackson to attend a day of professional development to become eligible to check out materials.

Students have been monitoring the tower to make sure the pH is the correct level for growing greens such as spinach, kale, and chard.  Using special grow lights that provide the most efficient wavelength of energy for the growing plants, they hope to have a crop in the next couple of weeks!

We have several schools that are interested in the grow towers which allow indoor growing stations that can be used throughout the school year.  If you or someone you know would like to sponsor a school grow tower, please contact Jennifer Love at

Learning opportunities for all ages!

The Highlands Biological Station has posted their Summer 2020 schedule of classes and workshops.  They also have summer camps and botanical garden events.  For more information, go to

Thank you Franklin Gem and Mineral Society

The Franklin Gem and Mineral Society present Mountain View Intermediate School teacher, Caleb Parham, with a check for $300.00 to purchase mineral test kits and some curriculum materials to teach about plate tectonics.  Thank you so much to this community of geologist for your support of our teachers and students!  For more information about the Gem and Mineral Society, go to

Thank you Nantahala Bank and Trust!

The Macon Bots would like to thank Nantahala Bank in Trust for becoming a bronze sponsor of the robotics team!  These funds will help our team purchase materials for our upcoming build season!  Thank you so much for your support!

Bronze Supporter of Macon Bots

Tremont Institute Workshops and Summer Programs!

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Register now for Tremont's 2020 programs!

What will you experience at Tremont in 2020?
Registration is open for 2020 programs!

We’re excited to announce that registration is now open for 2020 summer and adult programs!
We are thrilled to offer an outstanding schedule of programs designed for all ages to live and learn in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Here are a few links to guide you in your program search on our website.
  • Are you a teacher bringing your students to Tremont for a school program? Register for one of our popular Teacher Escape Weekends to prepare for your trip. Don’t worry—school group registration will open at a later date by invitation.
  • Are you a parent or grandparent searching for the perfect family summer vacation in the Smokies? Take a look at Firefly Camp or Smoky Mountain Family Camp. Be sure to check out other summer programs for kids and teens!
  • Are you a camp leader, college student, river guide, hiking leader, or outdoor professional? Prepare for outdoor emergencies in our Wilderness Emergency Medical Responder course presented in partnership with Roane State Community College. We also offer a refresher course!
  • Are you a photographer ready to capture the beauty of Smokies through your own lens? Our photography workshops, led by renowned photographers who will guide you to the best photo spots in the Smokies, are perfect for photographers of all skill levels!
  • Who says the kids get to have all the fun? Adults can join us for naturalist-led hiking weeks where you choose the level and we lead the way! For those who prefer to leave the world behind for a bit, we also have backcountry experiences that will boost your connection to the Smokies land.
  • Are you interested in becoming a better naturalist, communicator, and land steward by learning the ecology and natural history of the Southern Appalachian Mountains? Learn more about our Southern Appalachian Naturalist Certification Program.
  • Do you enjoy learning and spending time in nature with friends?Join us for a program!
We invite you to browse our 2020 program calendar for full course offerings and register online today!
Register by February 29, 2020, and receive a $50 discount on select summer youth programs. Learn more online.

Macon Bots Prepare for Halloween Events

The Macon Bots team is excited about participating in two Halloween events this year.  Pumpkinfest on Oct. 19th was a blast and our mascot, TOBOR, got to meet his hero R2D2!

Come visit us in Highlands on Thursday, Oct. 31st outside of Calder’s Coffee and Cafe!  We will be giving away Howling Cups and showing off our robot weather permitting.

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