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STEM Storywalk now available!

Thank you to the Macon County READ to ME program for organizing the first portable StoryWalk with the theme of STEM!  Thank you also the our sponsors:  Franklin Tubular, Friends of the Macon County Library, State Farm, Edward Jones Investments, Lions Club, Entegra Bank, Culpepper’s Architectural Salvage, TekTone, Tate landscaping Services, The Highlander, Signs Express and Jimbo’s plumbing.  The StoryWalk was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Vermont Bicycle and Pedestrian Coalition and the Kellogg-Hubbard Library.

 

This StoryWalk follows the picture book “Mouse House Tales” by Susan Pearson and illustrated by Amanda Shepherd.  It is published by Blue Apple Books.

As you read the story, there are activities for younger and older children to do that relate to STEM.  There are 13 panels that can be used inside or outside!  They are great for outdoor classrooms, activities, parties, reunions and other special events.  If you are interested in checking these out, please contact Jennifer Love at jennifer.love@macon.k12.nc.us.

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Thank you Hobey Ford and North Carolina Arts Council (cART Wheel Grant)

Thank you so much to the North Carolina Arts Council for awarding Macon County the cART Wheel Grant.  This grant enabled Macon County to invite Hobey Ford to present to all 4th grade students in Macon County.  They learned about engineering and how to use puppetry to tell stories.  It has been a fantastic week!

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Here is a video about Hobey Ford and his work.

http://video.unctv.org/video/3005036570/

Discovery Education Professional Development Continues!

Macon County has 25 teachers who are participating in professional development through Discovery Education over the next 2 years.  This STEM Leadership Team includes 9 STEM Innovators who are helping to implement STEM in their schools.  Teachers are learning that STEM is more than just Science, Technology, Engineering and Math but is a way of teaching critical thinking and problem solving.  Teachers are also learning how to integrate career studies into their interdisciplinary lessons.  The group includes 5th – 12th grade teachers in all areas of study!

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CREW Workshop a success!

Macon County had 25 teachers participate in the CREW (Collaborative Regional Education Workshop) on Oct. 5th.  Over 1000 teachers from the region participated in sessions for all disciplines, grade levels and support personnel. 

Macon County receives cARTS Foundation Grant

 

Macon County will be hosting Hobie Ford, puppeteer, the week of Oct. 16-20, 2017.  He will be doing two performances, student workshops and teacher workshops throughout the week as part of the STEM in Macon County program.  His performance will focus on storytelling, folktales, engineering shadow puppets, the way light waves behave and how to build

your own shadow puppet theater.  Through this interdisciplinary event, students will see how STEM is problem solving and applying learning!

 

 

This event is also part of the 50th Anniversary NC Arts Events. The North Carolina Arts Council’s worked to bring the arts to all 100 counties since 1967. We are grateful for their support and leadership, and we invite you to join us in celebration by visiting their 50th Anniversary website: http://bit.ly/2vmXWaQ #ncarts50

https://www.ncarts50.org/events/2017/10/16/macon-county-cartwheels-artist-residency-hobie-ford

Hidden Figures Books and Movie

The Smoky Mountain STEM Collaborative grant through NASA and Southwestern Community College has purchased Macon County Schools two book sets of Hidden Figures and one copy of the movie for teachers to check out.  For more information, please contact Jennifer Love.

High School Robotics Team Forming!

We have had a great response from our Macon County High School students!  We have over 25 students that are interested in participating in the First Robotics Competition Team forming now.  Building a 150 lb. robot and competing over the next few months is going to be a lot of work but we have the support of several parents, community members and Tektone is sponsoring our team!   For more information please go to the robotics tab on this page.

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Thank you Biogen Foundation!

Macon County Schools and Iotla Elementary School received a grant for $4850.00 to purchase Little Bits Kits and invite Zaniac Learning Center to Iotla to teach us how to use our new kits.  The 4th grade at Iotla are trained and ready to start learning more about electricity and invention!  The IIS or Iotla Invention Space will allow students to use Little Bits to bring their inventions to life using motors, lights, buzzers and more.  The invention space also uses the NASA’s BEST curriculum and Little Bits Space activities to inspire students to invent new tools that we might need for space travel while learning about light, electricity, magnetism and engineering.

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