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Muddy Sneakers seeking Field Instructors for Fall 2019!

Mountain View Intermediate School will be offering the Muddy Sneakers program to ALL of our 5th-grade students next year.  This program provides 6 field experiences (4 off-site and 2 on the school campus) that correlate with the science standards for 5th grade.  Because we have such a large group, they are looking to hire part-time instructors for their program.

Also, if you would like to learn more about this program or how you can sponsor a student or team, please contact Jennifer Love at  The total cost is $50.00 per student for ALL 6 field experiences.

Got Compost?

Got compost? Macon County is home to a new vermiculture business (worm castings for compost). Thank you so much for the tour!

For more information, go to Life Cycle Organics on Facebook!
You can pick up their product at several nurseries in the area including Winding Stair Farms-

Summer Camps at WCU

Lego Robotics Camp

2019 Dates:

June 10-14, 2019 (Grades 4, 5 & 6)
June 17-21, 2019 (Grades 3, 4 & 5)
June 24-28, 2019 (Grades 6, 7 & 8)
9 am – 4 pm  |  Camp Building Room 139
Early Registration Cost: $119.00  (lunches included)
(After June 1, cost will be $159)


Hands-on day camp using Legos and Lego Robotics

Students will explore the technology behind robotic technology while building and programming with LEGO building sets. They will be challenged with LEGO LME V3 (these are the newest kits from LEGO) robotic programming, will build their own robotic creations, and will have the opportunity to challenge their knowledge with mini competitions and challenges throughout the week.


The camp meets from 9 am to 4 pm Monday through Thursday. On Friday, the camp will meet from 9 am to 2 pm. Campers will eat lunch daily in the Courtyard Dining Hall on campus and will be accompanied by the teacher and an assistant at all times. On Friday, students will showcase some of their work at 1 pm for parents, grandparents, and any special guest of the student. Anyone wishing to come for lunch on Friday to eat with the campers can purchase a meal ticket in the dining hall.


Launch a rocket to creativity this summer!

June 24- 28, 2019

Monday-Friday, 10am until 4pm
Registration: $140
Discounted registration price of $100 for sibling(s)


An online interest survey will be required of all registered participants. Please watch your email or watch the link on the side of this page.

Children who are 7 through 14 years old may choose from a variety of projects that range from creating a miniature museum, filming a news broadcast, creating an invention, solving a world problem, myth-busting and more. Children will be working in small groups with a ratio 1:5, providing a personalized creative experience for each child.   Participants will also have the opportunity to participate in a “maker space” to complete challenges such as creating a Rube Goldberg machine.  On Friday, parents are invited to a showcase of the creative projects developed during the week.   Registration is limited to the first 30 children.  Scholarships are available.  Please contact Lisa Bloom at for information regarding scholarships.


Information on other WCU Camps

Congratulations Franklin High School STEM-E Club!

Our Franklin High School students were big winners again this year at the STEM-E conference. Congratulations to all!

1st Place in Entrepreneurship – Sydney Giaquinto

1st Place in Hobbies and Special Interest – Morgan Bumgarner

2nd Place in Hobbies and Special Interest – Olivia Swift

For more information about STEM-E visit

Entrepreneurship Competition- 1st place – Sydney Giaquinto – $500 Scholarship
• A written business plan utilizing the STEM-E Business Plan Template
• An introduction of the competitor(s), an explanation of the purpose of the plan, and the reasons for choosing the solution (No more than 4 minutes)
• A technical presentation of the business plan utilizing pertinent visual software; PowerPoint is unacceptable. (No more than 5 minutes)
• A “shark tank” type question and answer period to defend your plan (8+ minutes). If a group presentation, each member should answer questions.
• ***Sydney’s business plan was entitled “The Art Fairy” and was inspired by the need to increase art appreciation, especially in children.
• ***Even though a group could compete in this category, Sydney competed alone. Also, one of the judges was a professor in Entrepreneurship at Western Carolina and commented on how she wished Sydney would be going to Western for Entrepreneurship.
• ***Sydney also won first place in the Hobbies and Special Interests last year

Hobbies and Special Interests Competition- 1st place – Morgan Bumgarner- $500 Scholarship and 2nd place – Olivia Swift – $300 Scholarship
• The competition allowed students to showcase examples of their best STEM-E-based work.
• Introduction & Demonstration (10 minutes or less) – Introduce one’s self/group and the topic. What is the context for the work? What were the purposes of the project? Describe why the specific type of technology was chosen for the project, and identify the academic content upon which the project is based. Demonstrate the project utilizing pertinent visual software; the use of PowerPoint is unacceptable. Students may provide explanations if needed.
• Question and Answer Period (10 minutes or less) – Allow time for the judges to ask questions about the project.
• ***Morgan’s project was a meta-analysis of Alzheimer prevention entitled “Potential of Antioxidants to Reduce Oxidative Stress in Alzheimer’s Disease”
• ***Olivia completed a 5-month study on microplastics in our school’s drinking water. Olivia’s project was inspired by a project she worked on at the Coweeta Hydrologic Lab in Otto, NC. Olivia’s project was entitled “Toxic Microplastics in School Drinking Water.”
• ***Again, this could have been done as a group, but both students choose to complete their projects and compete on their own.
More information can be found at

Photo of Winners-
Left to Right Sydney Giaquinto, Morgan Bumgarner, and Olivia Swift

Second Photo of Group-
Left to Right- Top Row Nathan Nathan Pruitt, Spencer Lee, David Cruz-Reyes. 2nd Row from the Top Sarah Weresuk (next years’ advisor), Dakota Sherburn, Jenna Vogt. 2nd Row from the Bottom Kate McMahan (2016-2019 advisor), Sydney Giaquinto, Morgan Bumgarner, Olivia Swift
Bottom Row Yailyn Zuniga, Madison Dulicai, and Sarah Sommers

Congratulations Macon Middle School STEM-E Club!

The Experimental Design/STEM-E class of Macon Middle School swept all 3 awards in a recent 2019 STEM-E Workshop and Competition in Cherokee. Teagan Stevens, Israel Jackson and Samantha Rowland won First Place and a $500 prize for their investigation of wind turbine design. Brittany Kohlman, Callie Roper, Taylie Payne and Zachary Pazar took Second Place and $300 for their replication and experiment involving the mirrors on the new James Webb telescope set to be deployed next year. Hannah Dromm, Kaira Watford, and BriAnna Campbell won 3rd Place and $200 for investigation of golf ball action.

Macon Competes in SMART Tank!

Three Macon County teams competed at the first SMART Tank competition this April 2019.

Missy McConnell led the group from Iotla Elementary School.

Miranda Shepherd led the group from Mountain View Intermediate School.

Eric Jackson led the group from Macon Early College.

All three teams did a great job presenting their business plans to the Sharks from our local community!

Congratulations to Macon Early College STEM-E Club!

The Macon Early College STEM-E Club has been working on a microgreens project for this past school year.  They presented their business plan the  SMART Tank competition in Cherokee, NC on April 3rd and came away with the first place prize!

Macon Early College will continue to work on this project to try and get their product ready to sell to local restaurants who have expressed an interest in selling microgreens.

Thank you, coach Eric Jackson, for your work with this amazing group of students on this project.

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