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!
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
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
Check out the website to see what items you can donate. For each donation, the Franklin High School Band gets funding! This is a win-win!
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.
Please return this application to your child’s school by April 28th.
For more information, go to ROBOTICS tab on this website.
Students used Sphero Robots and ipads to learn a little about coding and programming. Students were able to program their robot to go through a maze! If you are a teacher interested in checking out the Sphero Robots, please contact Jennifer Love at 828-524-3314.
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.
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.
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 http://www.ncbionetwork.org/educational-resources/activities or contact Jennifer Love at 828-524-3314.