Discovery Education Math Techbook Training

Macon County math teachers attended two days of Math Techbook training at the Drake Education Center.  Discovery Education provided the professional development for 25 teachers from 7th – 12th grade schools in Macon County.  This resource will serve as a resource for teachers and students and incorporates videos, games, practice and tutorials on NC Math Common Core standards.  The training will continue this fall when Discovery Education consultants go to the individual schools and work with teachers to implement in the classroom.

Little Bits STEM Kits!

Students at Mountain View Intermediate School created cars and catapults out of Littlebits circuit kits during their Eagle Time.  These kits help students understand mechanical and electrical engineering and were loads of fun!  If you are a teacher and are interested in checking out the Littlebits kits, please contact Jennifer Love at 524-3314.

BioNetwork Genetics Program at MVI

Students in Mrs. Moore’s 5th grade classes learned about their genes from BioNetwork educator Summer Cortinez.  Students were able to extract DNA and understand how scientists can learn more about living organisms by examining their DNA.

These programs are free to teachers and students in Macon County.  If you are a teacher and are interested in having a program at your school, please go to or contact Jennifer Love at 828-524-3314.

STEM Coffeehouse!

BioNetwork’s Summer Cortinez spoke to several high school students from Franklin High School and Macon Early College about Bioengineering careers.  Students then participated in an activity where they looked at how scientists are using polymers to find solutions to hemophilia in humans.

On March 13th, Mr. Chris Hanners presented careers in engineering.  Mr. Hanners discussed class requirements and the pathway to a career in engineering.  Students had a great time trying to construct bridges out of index cards and straws that would hold the most load.

If you are a high school student in Macon County and are interested in participating in the STEM Coffeehouse, please go to the registration page on this website to register.  April 17th is our next coffeehouse and the topic is Black Holes!

Macon Early College Students Explore Space!

Macon Early College Students Explore Space!

On March 3-5, twenty students from Macon Early College (MEC) participated in a three day field trip to the US Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama.  The focus of the trip was to learn more about the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse.

Students participated in lessons with Marshall Space Flight Center scientists and toured the museum and visitor center. Students engaged in a solar system scale activity that showed them why we have eclipses and why they don’t occur with every new moon (the moon travels in an elliptical orbit around the Earth).  Students also worked with a NASA solar scientist and used NASA Solar data to calculate solar flare height and velocity.  This information helps scientists predict how these solar events will affect electronics and communications on Earth and tells us more about our Sun.

The trip to Huntsville wasn’t all work and no play, however.  Students had fun riding the simulators, including the G-Force Accelerator where students experienced 3 g’s of acceleration.  Students also experienced the thrill of seeing an actual moon rock, as well as a real Saturn V rocket and Apollo 16 capsule.  Two MEC students from the trip plan to attend NASA SpaceCamp this summer after this experience.

This trip was sponsored by the Smoky Mountain STEM Collaborative grant through Southwestern Community College and the Macon County Academic Foundation.

STEM Logo Winner!

Congratulations to Raymond Simpson from Mrs. Gibbs homeroom at Mountain View Intermediate School!  Thank you to Gooder Graphix for creating these beautiful note cards and mugs!  Thank you to the NC Science Festival grant through Moorehead Planetarium to help produce these materials for our career fair presenters!

STEM Coffeehouse for High School Students

Macon County STEM Coffee House at The Rathskeller

Downtown Franklin

3:30 – 5:00pm

Bus #148 goes downtown from Franklin High School

Attention Macon County High School Students!

Join us for a fun afternoon of food, friends and

maybe discover your future career.

During each coffee house we will be joined by a different STEM professional.  They will give a short presentation about their job and then conduct an experiment or other hands-on project related to that profession.

Learn about the solar eclipse from an Astrophysicist or become a biopharmaceutical engineering team and perform tests for an experimental treatment for hemophilia with scientists from the Bionetwork.  Each month is a different topic and a different experiment.

February 6th – “The Royal Disease” with BioNetwork!  Whenever an individual suffers an injury, the body produces a fibrin polymer clot to stop the bleeding. Hemophilia, also known as “the Royal Disease,” is a genetic disorder characterized by the low production of blood clotting factors necessary for the formation of the fibrin clots. In this activity, student will explore X-linked recessive traits, learn about the process of scab formation, and become a biopharmaceutical engineering team performing testing on an experimental treatment.

March 13th – Engineering!  Learn about different careers in engineering and participate in a fun engineering challenge with engineer Christopher Hanners.  More details to come!

April 17th  – Black Holes with Dr. Enrique Gomez from WCU!  Learn about the physics of black holes and then learn how to identify the signal of ripples in space-time that indicate black holes merging together!  You will be participating in a real research project at the forefront of science! Bring your Ipad or laptop for this session.

Light snacks will be served and the cost is free (unless you want additional food or beverages served at the Rathskeller).

Space is limited to 30 participants so register early!

To register go to –

 April:  Black Holes with Enrique Gomez (laptop or ipad required with this program)

All participants MUST have a ride from the Rathskeller at 5:00.  This is a private event and the Rathskeller will be closing at 5:00 after the STEM Coffee House.

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