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.

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.

Discovery Education STEMformation of Macon County Schools

Teachers have begun a 2 year journey to learn more about STEM education!  Discovery Education will be working with 25 Macon County teachers from Franklin High School, Macon Middle School and Mountain View Intermediate School to learn how to prepare our students for the 21st century through STEM and Project Based Learning.  For more information, please contact Jennifer Love.

Getting ready for 2017-2018!

Mission Statement for Macon County Schools STEM Program

STEM is creating a community of problem solvers to lead Macon County into the future.



To empower students to think critically about issues facing our community and problem solve real solutions so that our home (local to global) will thrive and adapt to a continually changing world.




  • Inspire community of learners1 to empower students with problem solving and critical thinking skills.
    • Professional Development-change in teaching paradigm – PBL
    • Internships
    • Teacher Externships
    • Student Conferences
  • Provide new opportunities for our community of learners to understand and implement 21st century skills2 which will empower us to grow.
    • Robotics
    • STEM Family Nights
    • Internships
    • Teacher Externships
    • Career Exploration
  • Provide resources to our community of learners so their creativity and productivity is not restricted.
    • 3D Printers
    • Field Trip Funds
    • Materials and Equipment
    • Supplemental grants
    • Community experts
    • Scholarships
    • Curriculum support
    • Tech support
  • Encourage and support relationships in our community of learners which will encourage collaboration and inspire innovative solutions.
    • Robotics
    • STEM Family Nights
    • Internships
    • Teacher Externships
    • Career Exploration
    • Press
    • Outreach
    • Leadership Team
  • Community of Learners – parents, teachers, administration, business, industry, students
  • Learning Skills (Critical Thinking, Creative Thinking, Collaborating, Communicating) Literacy Skills (Information Literacy, Media Literacy, Technology Literacy), Life Skills (Flexibility, Initiative, Social Skills, Productivity, Leadership)


Vision for Macon County Schools STEM Program: 

A community of innovators working together to solve problems and initiate projects which will have a positive impact on our home and future.

Macon Students attend Appalachian Regional Commission STEM Academy in Oak Ridge, TN.

Gavin Awtrey and Will Shields were accepted into the ARC program at Oak Ridge National Laboratory for a 7 day residential program with world-class scientists.  This was an all expenses paid scholarship given to a select number of students from each state in the region.  We are so proud of Gavin and Will!

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