Archive | STEM Events

STEM-E Clubs making a difference in our community!

Thanks to a grant through the Cherokee Preservation Foundation, Macon County students and teachers are able to host STEM-E clubs in our schools.  Macon County currently has STEM-E clubs at Nantahala School, Franklin High School, Macon Early College, Macon Middle School, Mountain View Intermediate School, South Macon Elementary School, East Franklin Elementary School and Iotla Elementary School.

Students are encouraged to work on projects near and dear to their hearts!  Mountain View students raised money for the no-kill animals shelter in Macon County and helped create a scholarship fund for MVI students to attend the Washington DC field trip.  Franklin High School students have worked with local land owners to create a signal relay system for their driveway, created new app ideas to serve the school community with needed clothing and have created a new app idea to use virtual reality to take the learner back to the time of the Cherokee in our community.

The 2018-2019 grant cycle has been approved and our students participated in their Fall STEM-E conferences in Sept./Oct.  We look forward to seeing and hearing about their ideas!

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Makerspace comes to East Franklin

Media Specialist Lynda Elliot has been working all summer to get the East Franklin Makerspace up and ready for the inventors and innovators to arrive.  The beautiful space has Legos, K’nex, robots and many more inquiry activities for the students.

East Franklin will also be hosting a Storybook STEM Family Night on Nov. 15th.  Details coming soon.

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Teachers continue Discovery Education Training

The Golden Leaf Foundation STEM grant is winding down and there are only a few more STEMformation training sessions left for our STEM Leadership Team.  Discovery Education has been working with this group of 25 teachers for the past year and a half teaching them best practices in education.

Thank you Golden Leaf for this opportunity!

Telescope training at MVI

Thanks to a very generous donor, Mountain View Intermediate School has two new telescopes!  Knox Warde from the Asheville Astronomy Club joined several enthusiastic teachers at the school to teach them how to use the Celestron telescope.

Step up for your chance to use these scopes on Nov. 8th at the Mountain View STEM Family Night.  We will be set up outside to view the stars and planets in the sky!

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Macon STEM Innovation Station!

The lease has been signed and now the Macon STEM program is getting ready to start preparing the space for the upcoming FIRST Robotics Challenge season.

The Macon County Commissioners, Macon EDC and Macon County Board of Education has made it possible for the Macon STEM program to enter into a lease agreement for 1000 sq. feet of space at the Business Industrial Incubator.  This space will be designed predominantly for the Makin’ Bots FRC Robotics Team as a workshop but the space will be utilized for other STEM initiatives.

Starting this winter 2018, the Macon Drone Club will begin working in the space to learn about building and flying drones.  This program will be open to high school students.  The space will also be available to teachers interested in doing projects that might require a workshop environment.

The Golden Leaf Foundation STEM grant will help supply the space with needed tools and technology.  Macon STEM is especially excited to be partnering with Lowe’s Helping Hands to build our workbenches and equip the space with tools and other resources.  With Lowe’s employee help and resources, we hope to be meeting in the space starting in mid-October.


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