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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.

 

Why?

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.

 

How?

Goals: 

  • 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!

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 jennifer.love@macon.k12.nc.us

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 www.globe.gov.  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.

 

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