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Macon County Students Attend “Hidden Figures” Screening!

Students from across the region attended the Ruby Cinema special showings of the film.  The Smoky Mountain STEM Collaborative grant supported scholarships for students to attend.

MVI – 300 students

Union Academy – 65 students

Macon Middle School – 500 students

Nantahala School – 40 students

Franklin High School – 400 students

Macon Early College – 150

Swain Middle School – 165

Blue Ridge (Jackson County) – 100 students

Smoky Mountain Elementary – 200 Students

Jackson County School of Alternatives – 10 Students

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Macon County Students visit Raleigh!

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Over the weekend, 44 students from Macon Middle School and Franklin High School traveled to Raleigh North Carolina to attend the NC State Engineering Open House.  While in Raleigh, students spent some time at the Museum of Natural History, visited the Capitol, toured the NC State Campus and learned a lot about college life and academic programs at NC State.  The majority of the trip was funded through the STEM-E grant through the Cherokee Preservation Foundation.

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!

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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

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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 http://www.ncbionetwork.org/educational-resources/activities or contact Jennifer Love at 828-524-3314.

STEM Coffeehouse!

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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!

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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.

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