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Macon County FLL (FIRST LEGO LEAGUE) Tournament

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Thank you to FLL, Cherokee Central Schools for hosting the event and for all the work they put in to this event each year, Cherokee Preservation Foundation for providing lunch to our volunteers and SMART League participants, SMART League Planning Committee, community donors who make this program possible!  If you would like to know more about how to support robotics, please contact Jennifer Love at jennifer.love@macon.k12.nc.us.

Makin’ Bots – Macon County FRC (FIRST Robotics Competition) Team receives NASA and Duke grants!

The Makin’ Bots FRC Team wants to thank NASA for the award of $6000.00 and Duke Energy for the award of $2000.00 to support our “Rookie” FRC team.  The team will be traveling to GA Tech in January to receive their build kit and begin the 6-week challenge to build a robot!  The grant will provide funding to pay for the kit and for the registration fees for two tournaments in March.  The team will need to raise funds to provide t-shirts, travel funds (hotel, meals, driver) and additional materials.  If you would like to support FRC robotics, please contact Jennifer Love.

What is CREW?

This video shows a little about the CREW workshop held this past Oct. 2017.  Over 1,000 teachers from the region attended!

Duke University STEM Summer Program

Dear Counselor,

We at Duke Summer Session invite you to help us spread the word about our incredible summer programs.  Please share the information below with your students for a once-in-a-lifetime experience:

We are happy to announce that our website has been updated and now contains information about our 2018 programs.  At Duke Summer Session, we’re in the business of creating life-changing experiences.  With our world-class instructors, breathtaking campus, and downright fun residential program, our students leave our program not only equipped for a future of collegiate success, but with a lifetime of memories and friendships.  This summer, we are offering more opportunities than ever to engage in one of our transformative programs:

Summer College – A four-week, credit-bearing program for US students currently in 10th or 11th grade and international students currently in 10th – 12th grade in which they take undergraduate-level courses

Summer Academy – A three-week program for students currently in 9th – 12th grade in which they take a certificate course.

Intensive STEM Academy – A one-week, STEM-based program for students currently in 9th – 12th grade that consists of a variety of laboratory tours, faculty lectures, and workshops.

Want to learn more about our programs?  Check out our website.

Sincerely,

Nicki Charles, Ed.D.
Director of Summer College and Academy for High School Students
Duke University (Durham, North Carolina USA)
summercollege@duke.edu

FRC (FIRST Robotics Team) has first meeting at TekTone

The team has assembled and we are ready to get to work!  We appreciate our hosts and mentors- TekTone!  Students took a tour of the new facilities and saw how mechanical and electrical engineering, marketing and computer programming are all represented through their business.  These are all of the roles our team members will fill this season as we build a 150 lb. robot starting in Jan!

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Macon County goes 3D!

Thanks to the Golden Leaf Foundation grant, which is currently supporting STEM in Macon County, we were able to purchase ten 3D printers for our schools.  The printer we chose is the Lulzbot Mini which is the same printer the WCU Engineering Department is using with their students.

On Oct. 27th, 20 teachers and 10 students from Mountain View, Franklin High, Macon Middle, Union Academy and academic support staff participated in a professional development on 3D printing.  The Professional development was provided by The Science House through NC State University.  By the end of the day, we were all printing and excited about the applications in the classroom!

Here are some photos from the day!  If you would like to support 3D printing in the classroom, please contact Jennifer Love at jennifer.love@macon.k12.nc.us.

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