Dr. Seuss and STEM Night at Iotla Elementary School

Green Eggs and Ham!  Parents and Students enjoyed a dinner of green eggs and ham biscuits as their geared up for STEM Night centered around the story of Yurtle the Turtle by Dr. Seuss.  Yurtle thought that everything he could see was his kingdom so he started making a giant tower out of his turtle neighbors.  As the tower grew, the turtles on the bottom began to protest!  It wasn’t until a turtle let out a rumbling burp that Yurtle’s tower came falling down.  The STEM night was focused on building towers – marshmallow towers, cup towers, teamwork towers, towers with triangles!  We also playing with sound vibrations with sound sandwiches and the chiming hanger!

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Teacher Externship – Year 2

Thanks to the Golden Leaf Foundation Grant, 10 teachers from Macon County Schools were able to shadow a business/industry to learn more about career and curricular connections.  The teachers had wonderful feedback on the experience.  Teachers toured with Macon County Engineers, Tektone, and various businesses with Drake Enterprises.  We hope to continue this program to nurture our community and classroom connections.

Teachers attend Bridging the Gap Conference

Thanks to the Golden Leaf Foundation Grant, Macon County Schools was able to send 9 teachers to Raleigh to attend the Bridging the Gap STEM Conference.  Teachers attended session on citizen science, project based learning and other STEM initiatives.

MVI Earth and the Environment Academy

Students from 6E at Mountain View participated in a STEM weekend at the Highlands Biological Station to learn more about geology, weather and biodiversity.   The group spent the night at the Biological Station dormitories and participated in an astronomy lesson and night hike!  The weekend culminated with a hike to Whiteside Mountain!

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Poster Contest Winners

Congratulations to our winners for the Macon County Soil and Water Poster and Presentation Contest.  We had over 100 posters submitted with beautiful artwork and an important message about our “Living Soils”.  The winners came from Mrs. Pauletta Clark’s class at Iotla Elementary School, Mr. Brandon McMahan and Mrs. Debbie Gibbs classes at Mountain View and from Mr. Andrew Burton and Mrs. Jenny McMahan’s classes at Nantahala School.  One poster (pictured) went on to the State Competition.  We are waiting to hear if it was selected as a winner!

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FIRST Lego League tournament coming soon!

Save the date to support the Macon County FIRST Lego League robotics teams.  Macon County has 7 teams who will be joined by 2 Swain County and 2 Jackson County teams.  The tournament will be held at the Smoky Mountain Performing Arts Center on Feb. 23rd.  For more information, please contact Jennifer Love at 828-524-3314

Emergency First Aid for the Macon Bots Team!

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Students participated in the worst case scenario training with Macon County EMS.  They taught us about tourniquets and how to pack a wound.  This is training that I hope we never have to use but we now have the tools to prepare for an extreme emergency.

The team will also receive basic first aid and CPR training later in the season.

Macon Bots are Makin’ Progress!

The Macon Bots FRC #6899 team is made up of Franklin High School and Macon Early College students who are half way through their competition build season.  By February 19th, we need to have a working robot!  The challenge is REAL!!!

I can’t post any pictures of our robot… yet.  We don’t want the competition to know what we are up to!  I can post a few pictures showing all the fun we are having!

Save the Date!  We would love to have the support of our community!  Come out to UNC Asheville on March 24 or March 25th to cheer us on!  Tickets are free and I will post information soon on how to get your free tickets.

Thank you to all of our supporters!

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STEM-E Clubs in Macon County!

Macon County has 9 (E. Franklin, Iotla, S. Macon, Cartoogechaye, Mountain View, Macon Middle, Franklin High, Macon Early College and Nantahala School)STEM-E clubs from elementary through high school.  Check out some of the opportunities available to these students.

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