Bird Brains at MVI!

Several Franklin High School Carpentry class students visited Mrs. Castner’s class at Mountain View to teach the students how to build a bird house.  These houses will be placed around the campus as part of their Muddy Sneakers program.

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STEM Resources from STEM Fans!

I have received two emails in the past week sharing some great STEM resources.

One is from Peyton, a girl scout who has been working hard at earning her Science and STEM badge. She’s been looking for some experiments to practice at home which required some research and she found this information!

Computer And STEM Careers For Kids

Another is from a scientist in Highlands called “How to Smile” and it shares resources for math and science education!

Thanks for sharing!

Robotics Applications 2018-2019 School Year

Rising 5th Grade – High School

2018-2019 School Year Robotics Application

Volunteering for Robotics!

Thank you so much for your interest in volunteering for one of our teams.  Macon County Schools requires a volunteer application and background check for adults to work with our students.  You will also need to fill out a volunteer application with FIRST.  The necessary documents are attached below.

Macon County School Volunteer Background Check

Shadow a Biologist

Today we went to Tessentee Farm in Otto and learned about live staking trees.  Students are participating in a research study to determine the best size and depth for live staking trees.  It will take about a year before we see any results but it was nice being out on such a pretty day!

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Teacher Shadowing Day

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Teacher Shadowing Day – Feb. 21
Macon County Schools through the Golden Leaf Foundation grant provided funding for 12 teachers to shadow businesses in our community and learn more about how they might collaborate. This opportunity is designed to allow teachers to connect with business/industry in the community and learn more about possible partnerships and career connections.  The teachers had a great time and were very excited about the connections they made with the community.

Thank you to these businesses/organizations who participated.
Shaw Industry
Bascome-Louise Gallery
Entegra Bank
Drake Enterprise

We hope to do this again in the near future and would love to add to our list of sponsoring agencies.  Thank you also to Drake Enterprise for allowing us to meet at the Drake Education Center and providing breakfast (delicious food from Frogtown Market and Deli with beautiful flowers from April’s on Main) and snacks for us during our visit.


Shadow a Biologist Begins at Macon Early College

MEC students will be learning a little about careers in biology thanks to Mainspring Conservation Trust’s Jason Meador.  Nine students will be spending a few hours each month in the classroom and on field trip learning about stream quality assessments, research techniques, restoration projects and biodiversity in our rivers and streams.  The first trip was to Coweeta Hydrologic Lab in Otto, NC to learn about long-term research and the study of hydrology.  This program will give students a chance to understand what careers in biology might entail and help them see their biology curriculum put into practice.  The program will consist of 10 meetings from January through May 2018.  We hope to expand the program in the future to other careers and partner with other organizations and businesses.  Thank you Mainspring  and Coweeta Hydrologic Lab for your support of STEM in Macon County!

STEM School Tour

Macon County Schools participated in a STEM School Tour in Asheville at the Martin L. Nesbitt Discovery School.  The teachers took a tour of the school with students and met with teachers and administration to discuss professional development, schedules, and after-school activities available to their students.  Thank you to the students and teachers for taking the day to teach us about and show us a STEM Exemplar School.

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