What is CREW?

This video shows a little about the CREW workshop held this past Oct. 2017.  Over 1,000 teachers from the region attended!

Duke University STEM Summer Program

Dear Counselor,

We at Duke Summer Session invite you to help us spread the word about our incredible summer programs.  Please share the information below with your students for a once-in-a-lifetime experience:

We are happy to announce that our website has been updated and now contains information about our 2018 programs.  At Duke Summer Session, we’re in the business of creating life-changing experiences.  With our world-class instructors, breathtaking campus, and downright fun residential program, our students leave our program not only equipped for a future of collegiate success, but with a lifetime of memories and friendships.  This summer, we are offering more opportunities than ever to engage in one of our transformative programs:

Summer College – A four-week, credit-bearing program for US students currently in 10th or 11th grade and international students currently in 10th – 12th grade in which they take undergraduate-level courses

Summer Academy – A three-week program for students currently in 9th – 12th grade in which they take a certificate course.

Intensive STEM Academy – A one-week, STEM-based program for students currently in 9th – 12th grade that consists of a variety of laboratory tours, faculty lectures, and workshops.

Want to learn more about our programs?  Check out our website.


Nicki Charles, Ed.D.
Director of Summer College and Academy for High School Students
Duke University (Durham, North Carolina USA)

FRC (FIRST Robotics Team) has first meeting at TekTone

The team has assembled and we are ready to get to work!  We appreciate our hosts and mentors- TekTone!  Students took a tour of the new facilities and saw how mechanical and electrical engineering, marketing and computer programming are all represented through their business.  These are all of the roles our team members will fill this season as we build a 150 lb. robot starting in Jan!

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Macon County goes 3D!

Thanks to the Golden Leaf Foundation grant, which is currently supporting STEM in Macon County, we were able to purchase ten 3D printers for our schools.  The printer we chose is the Lulzbot Mini which is the same printer the WCU Engineering Department is using with their students.

On Oct. 27th, 20 teachers and 10 students from Mountain View, Franklin High, Macon Middle, Union Academy and academic support staff participated in a professional development on 3D printing.  The Professional development was provided by The Science House through NC State University.  By the end of the day, we were all printing and excited about the applications in the classroom!

Here are some photos from the day!  If you would like to support 3D printing in the classroom, please contact Jennifer Love at

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STEM Storywalk now available!

Thank you to the Macon County READ to ME program for organizing the first portable StoryWalk with the theme of STEM!  Thank you also the our sponsors:  Franklin Tubular, Friends of the Macon County Library, State Farm, Edward Jones Investments, Lions Club, Entegra Bank, Culpepper’s Architectural Salvage, TekTone, Tate landscaping Services, The Highlander, Signs Express and Jimbo’s plumbing.  The StoryWalk was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Vermont Bicycle and Pedestrian Coalition and the Kellogg-Hubbard Library.


This StoryWalk follows the picture book “Mouse House Tales” by Susan Pearson and illustrated by Amanda Shepherd.  It is published by Blue Apple Books.

As you read the story, there are activities for younger and older children to do that relate to STEM.  There are 13 panels that can be used inside or outside!  They are great for outdoor classrooms, activities, parties, reunions and other special events.  If you are interested in checking these out, please contact Jennifer Love at

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Thank you Hobey Ford and North Carolina Arts Council (cART Wheel Grant)

Thank you so much to the North Carolina Arts Council for awarding Macon County the cART Wheel Grant.  This grant enabled Macon County to invite Hobey Ford to present to all 4th grade students in Macon County.  They learned about engineering and how to use puppetry to tell stories.  It has been a fantastic week!

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Here is a video about Hobey Ford and his work.

Discovery Education Professional Development Continues!

Macon County has 25 teachers who are participating in professional development through Discovery Education over the next 2 years.  This STEM Leadership Team includes 9 STEM Innovators who are helping to implement STEM in their schools.  Teachers are learning that STEM is more than just Science, Technology, Engineering and Math but is a way of teaching critical thinking and problem solving.  Teachers are also learning how to integrate career studies into their interdisciplinary lessons.  The group includes 5th – 12th grade teachers in all areas of study!

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CREW Workshop a success!

Macon County had 25 teachers participate in the CREW (Collaborative Regional Education Workshop) on Oct. 5th.  Over 1000 teachers from the region participated in sessions for all disciplines, grade levels and support personnel. 

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