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FIRST Lego League tournament coming soon!

Save the date to support the Macon County FIRST Lego League robotics teams.  Macon County has 7 teams who will be joined by 2 Swain County and 2 Jackson County teams.  The tournament will be held at the Smoky Mountain Performing Arts Center on Feb. 23rd.  For more information, please contact Jennifer Love at 828-524-3314

Emergency First Aid for the Macon Bots Team!

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Students participated in the worst case scenario training with Macon County EMS.  They taught us about tourniquets and how to pack a wound.  This is training that I hope we never have to use but we now have the tools to prepare for an extreme emergency.

The team will also receive basic first aid and CPR training later in the season.

Macon Bots are Makin’ Progress!

The Macon Bots FRC #6899 team is made up of Franklin High School and Macon Early College students who are half way through their competition build season.  By February 19th, we need to have a working robot!  The challenge is REAL!!!

I can’t post any pictures of our robot… yet.  We don’t want the competition to know what we are up to!  I can post a few pictures showing all the fun we are having!

Save the Date!  We would love to have the support of our community!  Come out to UNC Asheville on March 24 or March 25th to cheer us on!  Tickets are free and I will post information soon on how to get your free tickets.

Thank you to all of our supporters!

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STEM-E Clubs in Macon County!

Macon County has 9 (E. Franklin, Iotla, S. Macon, Cartoogechaye, Mountain View, Macon Middle, Franklin High, Macon Early College and Nantahala School)STEM-E clubs from elementary through high school.  Check out some of the opportunities available to these students.

Hour of Code

Over 300 Macon County students participated in the Hour of Code last week through  This free online program teaches students preK- 12th grade how to code through game based learning modules.  Check it out!  It’s FREE!

Thank you to all the teachers who participated in Computer Science Week’s Hour of Code!

STEM opportunity for Young Women


We’re very excited to announce an upcoming Perry Outreach Program on Saturday, February 16, 2019 at Wake Forest Baptist Health in Winston Salem, NC. The Perry Outreach Program is a free, one-day, hands-on experience for high school women who are interested in pursuing careers in medicine and engineering. Students will hear from women leaders in these fields and try it for themselves by performing mock orthopaedic surgeries and biomechanics experiments.

We are now seeking applicants for our Winston Salem, NC program. Participants should be women in grades 10 and up with an expressed interest in science, medicine and/or engineering.  We would very much appreciate if you could pass this information along to any high school principals, high school science teachers or high school students you may know.  Applicants should be directed to fill out our online application in advance of the January 16, 2019 application deadline.

Additional information can be found on our website:

The application may be accessed directly using the following link:

More information and a printable flyer for this event can be found here. Please feel free to contact me directly with any questions you may have.  Again, we sincerely appreciate your help in identifying qualified applicants for our program.

All the best,

Hannah Heuschneider, Program Coordinator


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