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STEM:  Strategies That Engage Minds!

Please click on Google Form to register for any of the following programs for teachers and students.

STEM Coffeehouse for students

October 7th, 2020

3:30 – 5:30 pm

FROGS (Friends of the Greenway) headquarters just before the new bridge on Main Street.  Bus #38 from Franklin High School can drop students off at the event.

The cost is FREE and is supported through generous donations from the community towards the Macon STEM program.  Yummy snacks will be provided.  You can bring extra money if you would like to order something off of the coffeehouse menu.

This program is open to 6th – 12th grade students and is free.  Registration will be limited to 30 participants so register soon!

Please be sure to have a ride from FROGS at 5:30 pm.

Come learn about fungi with Alan Rockefeller from Oakland, California.  Alan will be sharing his love of fungi, discuss a little about what he does for his work, and will discuss careers in mycology.

There will also be a hands-on activity!

Pre-Registration is REQUIRED!  Please go to https://forms.gle/964skkaz9G9Jb7cU7 to register.

For more information about STEM Macon County, please go to www.macon.k12.nc.us/STEM

September

Free Webinar – Weather/GLOBE

Join us as we explore STEM education using the weather!

Learn to bring weather-related lesson plans to your classroom and use weather variables to engage young minds. Every month, we will go over a new exciting topic using Earth Networks tools and the GLOBE Program platform.

This month, we asked our team of meteorologists to pick the most dangerous weather events out there and they put together a top 8 ranking! Join us for the big reveal and find out how to tie STEM learning concepts to the topic.

Key webinar takeaways:

  • Discover our top 8 deadliest weather events
  • Get a crash course on different types of weather events
  • Learn to tie STEM learning concepts to each event and explore them in the classroom using Earth Networks STEM solutionand The GLOBE Program
  • The STEM Educational Webinar Seriesis a monthly webinar series. We will be sharing the recording of this session with all registrants after the webinar so be sure to sign up even if you can’t make it.

You can also register for one of our other upcoming STEM webinars in the series:

https://get.earthnetworks.com/stem-webinar-series-august

 

 

Salamander Diversity & Biogeography Workshop for Educators

Saturday  September 28, 2019;    10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Highlands Biological Station & Nature Center, Highlands NC

Maximum participants = 10

Cost:  $30

The diversity of salamanders throughout the southern Appalachians is unparalleled.  More species occur in this region than anywhere else on earth, and nowhere are they more abundant.  This workshop will begin with a lecture focusing on biology of salamanders, reasons for the enormous diversity in this region, and threats.  Following the lecture, we will go on a short walk to look for salamanders on the Station grounds.

We will then travel about 45 minutes by van to Standing Indian Campground near Franklin to observe additional species and phenomena on a different mountain range.  After a short lunch break, we will investigate a variety of topics including biogeographical patterns associated with allopatric speciation, mimicry between species, distributions at small scales, and even salamander hybrid zones.

We will be going on moderate-length hikes on occasionally steep, sometimes thick terrain.  Participants should be prepared for the outdoors including rain gear and appropriate footwear.  Please bring a sack lunch and a water bottle.  Restrooms will be available at the campground.

Cost of the workshop is $30 and is open to educators ages 18 and up. Eligible for 8 hours of Criteria II or III NC EE credit, or 0.8 science CEUs.

Advance registration is required. 

TO ENROLL:   Please call the Highlands Biological Station’s Outreach office at 828-526-4123.

Please visit www.highlandsbiological.org for directions and additional information.  Limited overnight group housing is also available for an additional fee for interested parties (linens and food not provided).  Call the administration office at 828-526-2602 for reservations.

Upon enrollment, please provide your email address to receive additional information about meeting location, along with other workshop materials.

If you prefer, you may follow the van in your own vehicle and depart from there at the end of the day, rather than returning to Highlands.  But if so, please be aware that the campground charges a day use fee of $2 per vehicle.

For more information about the workshop content or certification credits, please call Patrick Brannon at the Outreach department at 828-526-4123, or email pbrannon@email.wcu.edu.

September 30:  CREW Workshop at Cherokee Central Schools – https://forms.gle/cZQZBPDquWKvXtEW7 – This is FULL

 

October

 

Date:  October 1, 2019

Time:  9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Location:  ​Mountain Horticultural Crops Research & Ext. Center, 455 Research Drive, Mills River, NC 28759

Registration Fee: $65

Audience: K-12 teachers

K-12 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics teachers, what do you need to boost the STEM curriculum in your schools?  How about free access to technology, resources and lab materials for use in the classroom? Now, the real question is how can you make this happen? You can participate in a day of training presented by The Science House of NC State University. You will use MacBooks, LabQuests and various probes to explore science and math concepts. After the training session, you will be eligible to participate in the equipment loan program through The Mountain Satellite Office of The Science House. Participants will be trained on equipment use and equipment implementation through the use of grade level activities. If you have questions about the workshop, contact Michelle Benigno (828-206-3014 / mtbenign@ncsu.edu). Contact hours: 5 Register at www.wresa.org

14980 CREATING AND SUSTAINING MATHEMATICAL UNDERSTANDINGS WITH MATH WORKSHOP FRAMEWORK – CULLOWHEE

September 30, 2019 to October 3, 2019

Located at 276 NCCAT Drive, Cullowhee, NC 28723

It is no surprise that students in the upper elementary and middle grades have different instructional needs. This is the time when they change the most. Meeting these needs in the math classroom can be challenging and overwhelming. This program will demonstrate to teachers how to utilize the math workshop framework as an avenue to reach these varied learning needs. Teachers will learn how to create new delivery methods and class structures to differentiate for students by modifying lessons they already use. Development of critical thinking tasks that address the rigor of the Common Core and meets students at their level will be explored to strengthen teachers’ expertise.

15045 – INTEGRATE STEAM INTO THE ELEMENTARY CLASSROOM THROUGH PICTURE BOOKS – CULLOWHEE

October 7, 2019 to October 10, 2019

Located at 276 NCCAT Drive, Cullowhee, NC 28723

Designed for teachers in grades K–5

Integrate STEAM into the elementary classroom by teaching a growth mindset through literacy and picture books. Learn the basics of teaching a growth mindset and the fundamentals of STEAM integration. Discuss ways to improve student learning by exploring hands-on STEAM lessons that are directly aligned with ELA standards and focus on specific picture books.

15052 – STEMIFY YOUR CLASSROOM TO ENHANCE INNOVATIVE THINKING – CULLOWHEE

October 21, 2019 to October 24, 2019

Located at 276 NCCAT Drive, Cullowhee, NC 28723

We know STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) is a hot topic but, just how important is it that we integrate STEM into our classrooms? The short answer is that our world depends on it. According to the Smithsonian STEM Imperative, 2.4 million STEM jobs will go unfilled this year and it is projected to grow by 13% over the next 10 years. As teachers, we have an important role to inspire and teach our students the skills they will need to be successful in an ever-changing world. In this program we will focus on how to STEMify our classrooms to enhance our students innovative thinking while focusing on the standards.

October 22

Project Catch

Mainspring (Franklin office) will be hosting CATCH (Caring for Aquatics Through Conservation Habits) on October 22 from 9AM until 4PM. This will be an outdoor event (weather permitting) at our local Greenway. Tanya Poole, with NC Wildlife Resources Commission will be leading the event. Registration is through Mainspring, just email or call Jason Meador and I’ll get you on the list. This event will provide 6 credit hours for Criteria I for those working towards NC Environmental Education Certification (0.6 CEU).

15055 – GET OUT: USING THE OUTSIDE AS YOUR MAIN STEM TOOL – CULLOWHEE

October 28, 2019 to October 31, 2019

Located at 276 NCCAT Drive, Cullowhee, NC 28723

Take the indoor classroom outside and bring STEM to life. Using various tools such as GooseChase, Geocaching, iNaturalist, and others, learn to use the “outside” as your main STEM tool. Discover how to integrate STEM into social studies, ELA, and science curriculum. Help students acquire and synthesize knowledge through experiential learning. Design lessons using STEM tools and curriculum that fits your grade level and content area.

 

November

 

STEM Next Steps: How to design your own PBL and plan your own STEM lessons

11/6/2019

Location: Mountain Horticultural Crops Research & Ext. Center, 455 Research Drive, Mills River, NC 28759

Cost: $65

Audience: K-12 teachers

You understand that STEM is more than just Science, Technology, Engineering and Math and realize that it is actually Strategies That Engage Minds.  Are you ready for deeper implementation of STEM in your classroom?  This workshop is designed with you in mind!  Join us for an exciting day of Problem/Project Based Learning.  Learn more about PBLs and design a PBL for implementation with your students for your standards. Open to all grades. This workshop is presented by The Science House and Open Way Learning. If you have questions about the workshop, contact Michelle Benigno (828-206-3014 / mtbenign@ncsu.edu). If you have questions about registration, contact LaDonna Sluder at WRESA (lsluder@wresa.org). Contact hours: 5 Register at www.wresa.org.

15057 – 4 CS OF THE GOOGLE CLASSROOM – CULLOWHEE

November 4, 2019 to November 7, 2019

Located at 276 NCCAT Drive, Cullowhee, NC 28723

Collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and creativity—the 4 Cs—are critical components of the digital learning competencies that support and enhance student learning and success for our global society. Google Classroom teachers can integrate the 4 Cs into their instruction when they incorporate a variety of Google Apps for Education and digital tools in their lesson design. What are the best “Apps” and “tools” to use? How can you embed the digital competencies in lessons using Google Classroom? In this program, Google Classroom teachers will build their repertoire of skills by learning about and using a variety of Google Apps for education and tools that foster seamless communication, encourage collaboration among students, promote critical thinking, and, support student creativity—the 4 Cs.

15061 – MAKING NUMBER SENSE HAPPEN – CULLOWHEE

November 12, 2019 to November 15, 2019

Located at 276 NCCAT Drive, Cullowhee, NC 28723

Designed for teachers of K–5

We know that students success with math concepts begins with strong number sense. How do we build number fluency in the elementary grades? Explore the number sense progression for the elementary grades and develop strategies for building number fluency. Learn how to facilitate number talks along with additional classroom strategies for conceptual understanding.

 

December

 

Literacy and STEM (part 1)- (Open to participating grant counties)

December 4, 2019

Macon County can send 2-3 teachers for free and can cover your sub.  To pre-register for one of these spots go to https://forms.gle/CnuGdXyijBWWqnLg7

Location: NCCAT, NCCAT Drive, Cullowhee, NC 28723

Cost: free for grant counties

Audience: 3-12 teachers

The world of STEM provides a rich environment that motivates children to want to learn more. Children often prefer reading about spiders and dinosaurs to fictional characters. STEM activities help students build vocabulary, incorporate problem-solving skills, and analyze complex text with real-world applications. Maximize classroom time by integrating literacy with the natural connections of STEM disciplines. Experience lessons that give students a desire to read, promote problem solving, and model strategies to cultivate reading comprehension. Join us as we explore tons of literacy strategies connected to STEM. This workshop is presented by The Science House of NCSU. If you have questions about the workshop, contact Michelle Benigno (828-206-3014 / mtbenign@ncsu.edu). If you have questions about registration, contact LaDonna Sluder at WRESA (lsluder@wresa.org). Contact hours: 5 Register at www.wresa.org.
*ONLY Participants from Swain, Clay, Haywood, Cherokee, Macon, Graham, Jackson, and Cherokee Central Schools are invited to register for this session for free due to a grant with your systems.

MORE Literacy and STEM (part 2) -(Open to participating grant counties)

December 5, 2019

Macon County can send 2-3 teachers for free and can cover your sub.  To pre-register for one of these spots go to https://forms.gle/CnuGdXyijBWWqnLg7

Location: NCCAT, NCCAT Drive, Cullowhee, NC 28723

Cost: free for grant counties

Audience: 3-12 teachers

During this session we continue to focus on how to maximize classroom time and student learning by integrating literacy and STEM.The day will be a combination of STEM learning experiences infused with literacy strategies.  The session will concentrate on lessons about adaptation, ecosystems, habitat conservation, natural selection, and animal behavior. Fiction and nonfiction texts are utilized during the workshop. This workshop is recommended to be done in conjunction with Literacy and STEM(part 1) but can also be taken as a stand alone workshop. This workshop is presented by The Science House of NCSU. If you have questions about the workshop, contact Michelle Benigno (828-206-3014 / mtbenign@ncsu.edu). If you have questions about registration, contact LaDonna Sluder at WRESA (lsluder@wresa.org). Contact hours: 5 Register at www.wresa.org.

*ONLY Participants from Swain, Clay, Haywood, Cherokee, Macon, Graham, Jackson, and Cherokee Central Schools are invited to register for this session for free due to a grant with your systems.

EVEN MORE Literacy and STEM (part 3) -(Open to participating grant counties)

December 6, 2019

Macon County can send 2-3 teachers for free and can cover your sub.  To pre-register for one of these spots go to https://forms.gle/CnuGdXyijBWWqnLg7

Location: NCCAT, NCCAT Drive, Cullowhee, NC 28723

Cost: free for grant counties

Audience: 3-12 teachers

During this session we continue to focus on how to maximize classroom time and student learning by integrating literacy and STEM.The day will be a combination of STEM learning experiences infused with literacy strategies.  The session will concentrate on lessons about cells, and structure to function. Fiction and nonfiction texts are utilized during the workshop. The literacy focus will also be on infographics and how to enhance student’s non-literary text comprehension. This workshop is recommended to be done in conjunction with Literacy and STEM(part 1) and MORE Literacy and STEM (part2) but can also be taken as a stand alone workshop. This workshop is presented by The Science House of NCSU. If you have questions about the workshop, contact Michelle Benigno (828-206-3014 / mtbenign@ncsu.edu). If you have questions about registration, contact LaDonna Sluder at WRESA (lsluder@wresa.org). Contact hours: 5 Register at www.wresa.org.

*ONLY Participants from Swain, Clay, Haywood, Cherokee, Macon, Graham, Jackson, and Cherokee Central Schools are invited to register for this session for free due to a grant with your systems.

January

15074 – GOOGLE CLASSROOM – OCRACOKE

January 27, 2020 to January 31, 2020

Located at 2 Irvin Garrish Highway, PO Box 1540, Ocracoke, NC 27960

Google Classroom combines Drive, Docs, and Gmail for creating and collecting paperless assignments. Teachers can manage assignments, communicate with students, and “flip” instruction, all in one convenient place. Instant feedback can be provided and students’ progress can be tracked in order to improve performance. Learn how to use Google Classroom to organize your lessons and begin creating assignments using Google Apps.

STEM Next Steps: How to design your own PBL and plan your own STEM lessons

Date: January 30, 2020

Location: Mountain Horticultural Crops Research & Ext. Center, 455 Research Drive, Mills River, NC 28759

Cost: $65

Audience: K-12 teachers

You understand that STEM is more than just Science, Technology, Engineering and Math and realize that it is actually Strategies That Engage Minds.  Are you ready for deeper implementation of STEM in your classroom?  This workshop is designed with you in mind!  Join us for an exciting day of Problem/Project Based Learning.  Learn more about PBLs and design a PBL for implementation with your students for your standards. Open to all grades. This workshop is presented by The Science House and Open Way Learning. If you have questions about the workshop, contact Michelle Benigno (828-206-3014 / mtbenign@ncsu.edu). If you have questions about registration, contact LaDonna Sluder at WRESA (lsluder@wresa.org). Contact hours: 5 Register at www.wresa.org.

February

 

March

3/17/20 The National Center for Science Education presents Turning Misinformation into Education: Leveraging Fake News to Teach Climate Change (hosted by The Science House)

Location: NCCAT 276 NCCAT Dr., Cullowhee, NC

Cost: free (including sub reimbursement, materials and lunch)

Audience: Middle School and High School Science Teachers

Description: Climate change is a difficult yet important topic to help students understand, and quality curriculum is hard to find. This workshop will lead science educators through a series of free lessons created by teachers and for teachers that tackle much of the fake news and arguments leveraged against climate change. You will also leave with ideas on how to increase student understanding of the science behind climate change through literacy, data analysis, and hands-on activities. Along with the customizable lessons, teachers will receive lunch and substitute reimbursement. Learn from a National Center for Science Education Science Ambassador on how to become more comfortable teaching this controversial and important topic. If you have questions about the workshop, contact Jason Carter (jason.carter@evergreenccs.org). If you have questions about registration, contact LaDonna Sluder at WRESA (lsluder@wresa.org). Contact hours: 5 Register at www.wresa.org.

STEM to Your Doorstep

Date: March 19, 2020

Location: Mountain Horticultural Crops Research & Ext. Center, 455 Research Drive, Mills River, NC 28759

Cost: $65

Audience: K-12 teachers

K-12 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics teachers, what do you need to boost the STEM curriculum in your schools?  How about free access to technology, resources and lab materials for use in the classroom? Now, the real question is how can you make this happen? You can participate in a day of training presented by The Science House of NC State University. You will use MacBooks, LabQuests and various probes to explore science and math concepts. After the training session, you will be eligible to participate in the equipment loan program through The Mountain Satellite Office of The Science House. Participants will be trained on equipment use and equipment implementation through the use of grade level activities. If you have questions about the workshop, contact Michelle Benigno (828-206-3014 / mtbenign@ncsu.edu). If you have questions about registration, contact LaDonna Sluder at WRESA (lsluder@wresa.org). Contact hours: 5 Register at www.wresa.org.

Literacy and STEM (part 1)

Date: March 23, 2020

Location: Mountain Horticultural Crops Research & Ext. Center, 455 Research Drive, Mills River, NC 28759

Cost: $65

Audience: 3-12 teachers

The world of STEM provides a rich environment that motivates children to want to learn more. Children often prefer reading about spiders and dinosaurs to fictional characters. STEM activities help students build vocabulary, incorporate problem-solving skills, and analyze complex text with real-world applications. Maximize classroom time by integrating literacy with the natural connections of STEM disciplines. Experience lessons that give students a desire to read, promote problem solving, and model strategies to cultivate reading comprehension. Join us as we explore tons of literacy strategies connected to STEM. This workshop is presented by The Science House of NCSU. If you have questions about the workshop, contact Michelle Benigno (828-206-3014 / mtbenign@ncsu.edu). If you have questions about registration, contact LaDonna Sluder at WRESA (lsluder@wresa.org). Contact hours: 5 Register at www.wresa.org.

MORE Literacy and STEM (part 2)

Date: March 24, 2020

Location: Mountain Horticultural Crops Research & Ext. Center, 455 Research Drive, Mills River, NC 28759

Cost: $65

Audience: 3-12 teachers

During this session we continue to focus on how to maximize classroom time and student learning by integrating literacy and STEM.The day will be a combination of STEM learning experiences infused with literacy strategies.  The session will concentrate on lessons about adaptation, ecosystems, habitat conservation, natural selection, and animal behavior. Fiction and nonfiction texts are utilized during the workshop. This workshop is recommended to be done in conjunction with Literacy and STEM(part 1) but can also be taken as a stand alone workshop. This workshop is presented by The Science House of NCSU. If you have questions about the workshop, contact Michelle Benigno (828-206-3014 / mtbenign@ncsu.edu). If you have questions about registration, contact LaDonna Sluder at WRESA (lsluder@wresa.org). Contact hours: 5 Register at www.wresa.org.

EVEN MORE Literacy and STEM (part 3)

Location: Mountain Horticultural Crops Research & Ext. Center, 455 Research Drive, Mills River, NC 28759

Cost: $65

Audience: 3-12 teachers

During this session we continue to focus on how to maximize classroom time and student learning by integrating literacy and STEM.The day will be a combination of STEM learning experiences infused with literacy strategies.  The session will concentrate on lessons about cells, and structure to function. Fiction and nonfiction texts are utilized during the workshop. The literacy focus will also be on infographics and how to enhance student’s non-literary text comprehension. This workshop is recommended to be done in conjunction with Literacy and STEM(part 1) and MORE Literacy and STEM (part2) but can also be taken as a stand alone workshop. This workshop is presented by The Science House of NCSU. If you have questions about the workshop, contact Michelle Benigno (828-206-3014 / mtbenign@ncsu.edu). If you have questions about registration, contact LaDonna Sluder at WRESA (lsluder@wresa.org). Contact hours: 5 Register at www.wresa.org.

April

May

 

Student Programs

STEM Coffeehouse (Middle and High School)-

October 7, 2019 – Details TBA

October 14th – Detail TBA

October 18-20

Space Apps Challenge Space Apps Challenge – Regional Collaboration Project

See information – Space Apps Challenge

 

Macon Bots Robotics Schedule –

All meetings take place at the “STEM Space:  Lauchpad for Innovators” at the Business Industrial Park from 3:30 – 5:30 pm

Upcoming Events Pre-Season (Fall)

September Meeting – 19th (Thursday)

 

October Meeting – 3rd (Thursday)

October Meeting – 17th (Thursday)

October 19th – Pumpkin Fest

October 31 – Highlands Halloween

 

November Meeting – 7th (Thursday)

November Meeting – 21st (Thursday)

November Meeting (Float) – 30th (Saturday) TBD

 

December 1 (Sunday) – Christmas Parade 3:00pm – Float TBD

December 7th – Highlands Christmas Parade  11:00 – 12:00

December Meeting – 12th (Thursday)

 


Other Professional Development in the Region


The Science House PD
For these workshops, the Macon County STEM-E grant can cover your subs and registration fee is covered by the grant.

https://sciencehouse.ncsu.edu


NCCAT
North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching is holding several STEM related workshops.
https://www.nccat.org/


The Science House Asheville K-12 Educator Workshops

For registration and more information go to –

Mountain Satellite Office

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