Science Olympiad Camp a Blast!

Catapults, bridges, and bottle rockets were just a few of the projects rising 5th grade students tackled the week of June 12-16!  These students are learning what it will take to be part of Mountain View Intermediate School’s first Science Olympiad Team which will form in Fall of 2017.  Details to follow.  For more information, please contact Jennifer Love at

Teachers receive GLOBE training through grant!

The Smoky Mountain STEM Collaborative grant supported 5 Macon County teachers to receive GLOBE training.  This training encourages teachers to set up observation stations at their schools and get students involved in collecting real data for NASA, NOAA and GLOBE researchers.  To learn more about GLOBE, go to  You can help collect data through the Globe Observer app!  Check it out!

Teachers attend “Invention Project” Professional Development

Teachers learned more about inquiry based instruction and the cross-curricular connections that can made.  The STEM-E grant helped support 25 Macon County teachers who attended the one day professional development session.  The class was provided by Invent Now and the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

Macon County is currently providing Invention Project afterschool program at Mountain View Intermediate School and Macon Middle School.  Invention Project summer camps will run June 12-16 at both schools.  For more information or to register, please go to the registration page on this website.

South Macon Biodiversity Blitz!

On May 25th, South Macon 4th grade students participated in a biodiversity blitz in their schoolyard.  Students participated in three stations in their schoolyard.

Salamanders with Coweeta Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) program:  Students will learn about the adaptations and diversity of salamanders found in local streams

Fish with Mainspring Conservation Trust:  Students will learn about different fish species found in our streams and how they are adapted to survive.

Birds with Southern Appalachian Raptor Research:  Students will observe a bird scientist and his team as they catch, band and release birds caught on the school property using mist nets.

There are plans to include seating and a nature trail as part of an outdoor classroom on the school property.


STEM Science at MVI

Thanks to a grant for a Duke Energy Science Kit, 175 students in 6th grade at Mountain View made everything from slime to paper flying machines!  The Connections 5th grade students led the 10 stations for two hours as the 6th grade rotated through the activities.

Students also had a visit from 3 feathery friends!  Carlton Burke brought a few of his owls to teach about birds of the night.  A Wild South grant and the Academic Foundation made this program possible for the 6th grade students and Mrs. Castner’s 5th grade team who has been studying owls in their English/Language Arts class.

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