Thank you Nantahala Bank and Trust!

The Macon Bots would like to thank Nantahala Bank in Trust for becoming a bronze sponsor of the robotics team!  These funds will help our team purchase materials for our upcoming build season!  Thank you so much for your support!

Bronze Supporter of Macon Bots

Tremont Institute Workshops and Summer Programs!

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Register now for Tremont's 2020 programs!

What will you experience at Tremont in 2020?
Registration is open for 2020 programs!

We’re excited to announce that registration is now open for 2020 summer and adult programs!
We are thrilled to offer an outstanding schedule of programs designed for all ages to live and learn in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Here are a few links to guide you in your program search on our website.
  • Are you a teacher bringing your students to Tremont for a school program? Register for one of our popular Teacher Escape Weekends to prepare for your trip. Don’t worry—school group registration will open at a later date by invitation.
  • Are you a parent or grandparent searching for the perfect family summer vacation in the Smokies? Take a look at Firefly Camp or Smoky Mountain Family Camp. Be sure to check out other summer programs for kids and teens!
  • Are you a camp leader, college student, river guide, hiking leader, or outdoor professional? Prepare for outdoor emergencies in our Wilderness Emergency Medical Responder course presented in partnership with Roane State Community College. We also offer a refresher course!
  • Are you a photographer ready to capture the beauty of Smokies through your own lens? Our photography workshops, led by renowned photographers who will guide you to the best photo spots in the Smokies, are perfect for photographers of all skill levels!
  • Who says the kids get to have all the fun? Adults can join us for naturalist-led hiking weeks where you choose the level and we lead the way! For those who prefer to leave the world behind for a bit, we also have backcountry experiences that will boost your connection to the Smokies land.
  • Are you interested in becoming a better naturalist, communicator, and land steward by learning the ecology and natural history of the Southern Appalachian Mountains? Learn more about our Southern Appalachian Naturalist Certification Program.
  • Do you enjoy learning and spending time in nature with friends?Join us for a program!
We invite you to browse our 2020 program calendar for full course offerings and register online today!
Register by February 29, 2020, and receive a $50 discount on select summer youth programs. Learn more online.

Macon Bots Prepare for Halloween Events

The Macon Bots team is excited about participating in two Halloween events this year.  Pumpkinfest on Oct. 19th was a blast and our mascot, TOBOR, got to meet his hero R2D2!

Come visit us in Highlands on Thursday, Oct. 31st outside of Calder’s Coffee and Cafe!  We will be giving away Howling Cups and showing off our robot weather permitting.

Elementary STEM-E Conference!

Students from South Macon Elementary, East Franklin Elementary, Iotla Elementary, Cartoogechaye Elementary, Nantahala School and Mountain View Intermediate attended the STEM-E Student Conference on October 17th at Cherokee Central Schools.  Thank you Cherokee Preservation Foundation for supporting this program for our students!  Thank you so much to all of our teacher STEM-E coaches from each school for all of their hard work and support of STEM!

Congratulations SWITCH Raffle Winner!

Congratulations to Jody Tomberlin!  Jody is the winner of the Nintendo SWITCH!  This raffle fundraiser supported the Macon Bots Robotics team and helped raise $675.00 towards our upcoming robotics season!  Thank you to everyone who purchased a ticket or who donated to the team at Pumpkinfest!

If you would like to donate, become a sponsor, or learn more about the Macon Bots Robotics Team, please contact Jennifer Love at

Macon County Schools receives SUTEP Grant through Western Carolina University!

Thank you Western Carolina University and the College of Education Allied Professionals for supporting our project, “Field Science Techniques Expedition” for this coming spring 2020.  This project will enable 24 students in 6th – 8th grade to attend an overnight expedition at the Highlands Biological Stations in Highlands, North Carolina.  Students will learn about field science techniques while meeting real scientists and learning about our precious natural resources.  Thank you also to the Highlands Biological Station for partnering with Macon County Schools on this project.

Information and applications for this project will be sent home to 6th – 8th grade students early in January 2020.

S. Macon Receives Bright Ideas Grant!

South Macon teacher, Kim Sanders, and STEM Coordinator, Jennifer Love, has received $825.00 through the Haywood EMC Bright Ideas Grant.  These funds will help cover the costs of chairs, bug boxes, and blocks for our new Outdoor Classroom.  We appreciate the support from Haywood EMC to make this project possible!  If you would like more information about the South Macon Outdoor Classroom Project, please contact Jennifer Love at

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