Registration for Programs

STEM:  Strategies That Engage Minds!

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

Student Programs

Internship Opportunity:

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Student Internship
  • Internship is from June 18 –  July 26, 2018
  • Internship is paid, interns receive a $125 stipend each week
  • Schedule is typically Monday – Thursday8:00 am – 4:00 pm, although sometimes schedule changes are required due to the nature of the work.
  • Interns must be 16 years of age as of June 18, 2018 and not over 20 years of age (we do hire non-traditional students, hence the upper age restriction of 20 years of age)
  • We have funding to hire up to 10 interns from the counties surrounding Great Smoky Mountains National Park
  • We are looking for students who have an interest in the natural sciences and the outdoors.  This internship is designed to expose students to the numerous career opportunities available in the National Park Service and other land management agencies, as well as to provide them with basic skills to secure additional internships and entry level jobs.  Interns will work with wildlife biologists, fisheries biologists, archaeologists, trail crew teams, natural and cultural resource educators, and fire management specialists to name just a few of the jobs interns will be exposed to during the internship.
  • Applications are due back to me via mail or email by Friday, April 6, 2018.
  • For application, please contact Jennifer Love at or call 828-524-3314
  • 2018 GRSM NC Internship Application

Project Invention After-School Program
Begins Feb 13 – April 24th (Tuesday) from 3:00 -5:00.
Location: Mountain View Intermediate School – Mrs. Bullis’ Classroom
Time: Feb. 13 – April 24th from 3:00 – 5:00 on Tuesday
Open to 5th and 6th grade students
Cost: $20.00 for supplies (Actual program cost is $180.00 per child – program has been made possible through the Golden Leaf Foundation Grant) – Checks can be made out to Mountain View Intermediate School – Memo: Invention Project
Scholarships/financial aid is available – please contact Jennifer Love for more information at or 828-524-3314.

Super STEM Night and Lego Batman Movie
Robotics Fundraiser at the Smoky Mountain Performing Arts Center – March 15th from 6:00 – 8:30 pm – Minimum donation of $5.00 per person.
STEM Family Activities and movie night plus meet some of our Makin’ Bots FRC High School Team members!

FRC (FIRST Robotics Competition) Tournaments
Come out and support our Macon County High School Robotics Team – Makin’ Bots! March 16-18 at UNC Asheville and March 23-25 at UNC Pembroke. For more information please contact Jennifer Love at

STEM this Summer!
The Macon County Summer Edventure Camp will be working with the Macon County STEM Program to integrate STEM activities into their lessons. The National Inventors Hall of Fame curriculum “Mission Space Makers” will be used during our STEM Space Camp Week as part of the regular Edventure Camp program. Details to follow!
Details coming soon to this website.

Teacher Opportunities

STEM School Visit
Would you like to visit a NC Certified STEM School?  The Golden Leaf Foundation grant will cover substitutes for 25 teachers to visit a STEM Exemplar School.  This opportunity is open to 5th – 12th grade teachers, administrators and staff.
When:  Feb. 19th (Monday), 2018
Lv. 7:30 am from Mountain View Intermediate School Bus Parking area
Arrive @9:00 am 
Tour and visit classes 9:00 – 11:00
11:00 – 12:00 Lunch out (bring money for lunch)
12:00 – 2:00 Meet with Adminstrator and teachers for Q & A
Return to Franklin 3:30
To see more about this school, go to
CEU’s for content for 6 hours are available.
Jennifer Love will complete a SEA form for all teachers registered using this form

Spring 2018 Entrepreneurship Classroom Minigrant
Minigrant opportunity for K-12 teachers and their students interested in creating an innovative, interesting project that brings 1) entrepreneurship into the classroom and 2) addresses a need seen in the school or community.

Funding amount is between $100 and $300. Please complete the short application form by Friday January 12, 2018

If you have any questions please email Emily Darling at Deadline for application: Friday January 12, 2018
Accepted applications will be notified by Friday January 26, 2018

Smoky Mountain STEM Collaboration Mini-grants – rolling application – NASA Grant funds available for equipment. Teachers may request funds but MUST link equipment to NASA content (websites, video, curriculum). Please send specific equipment request and basic lesson plan showing how you will incorporate NASA content (astronomy, weather studies, water studies, geology, technology, etc.) into lesson to Jennifer Love. Once approved by SMSC, you will be notified and materials can be ordered. Funds can also be used for some field trips (PARI, App. State University, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, other)

Teacher Shadowing Day – Feb. 21
Macon County Schools through the Golden Leaf Foundation grant has funds to cover substitutes for 15 teachers this Winter for teacher business shadowing day. This opportunity is designed to allow teachers to connect with business/industry in the community and learn more about possible partnerships and career connections.

Shadowing Opportunities Available:
TekTone Sounds and Signal, Inc.
Shaw Industry
Bascom-Louise Gallery
Entegra Bank
Drake Enterprise

February 21st (Wednesday), 2018
8:00 – 8:45 Review goals with teachers as a group at Drake Education Center.
@9:00 – @3:00 Spend the day with sponsoring business/industry to learn the different facets of that career. Please bring money for lunch out with mentor.
3:00 – 4:00 All teachers return to the Drake Education Center to share with the group what they learned and experienced in a round table discussion with refreshments.

Jennifer will do SEA based on pre-registration form.

Coding in the Classroom
8:00 – 3:00 with one hour for lunch on your own.
January 25th, 2018
Coding Workshop with is a free web-based computer coding program that teaches computer science. Join Keith Jackson, a Computer Science educator from Oak Ridge, TN for this one day introduction to teaching coding to preK-12th grade AP.

Location: TBD
Who: preK-12th grade teachers
Participants will receive Digital Learning Credits toward renewal

Substitutes will be covered through a Golden Leaf Foundation grant – Jennifer Love will take care of the SEA forms for each participant who signs up on this form.

We have spaces for 25 teachers. Any spaces that do not fill within two weeks of the professional development may be opened to students who may have an interest in computer science and coding. Participants will be notified if they are able to nominate a student to attend.

NCCAT – STEM Technology Conference – March 23
Macon County Schools can send 10 teachers to this workshop (subs and registration paid through STEM-E grant). K-12th grade Please register using the link to hold your space.

Jennifer will do SEA based on pre-registration form.

The Science House PD
For these 4 workshops, the Macon County STEM-E grant can cover your subs and registration fee is covered by the grant.
March 12, 2018 – Literacy in STEM (Nvizn) K-2
March 27, 2018 – Literacy and STEM PD 3-5th grade
March 28, 2018 – More Literacy STEM PD 3-5th grade
TBD – Administrator STEM PD – Administrators can learn more about STEM and how it can and should be implemented into their schools. Career connections, curriculum, PBL and other topics will be addressed.

For the following, registration and sub pay will need to be determined. Please contact Jennifer if you are interested in participating.
March 7, 2018 – STEM to your Doorstep

TBD – Mate ROV Challenge International competition training Professional Development. More information about this program can be found at The Science House has two devices that teachers can check out if they are interested in doing this program.

Introducing the Wearable Device Challenge for Grades:6-12
January 26th, 2018 from 9am-3pm
Location: Mountain Horticultural Crops Research & Ext. Center, 455 Research Drive, Mills River, NC 28759 Cost: $65
Are you looking for a new STEM project to hook students interested in health occupations, textiles, fashion design, athletics, programming, and more? Then, join us for a day of discovery and learn how to design a wearable device. Students can enter a competition to share their prototype and you can encourage entrepreneurship! Topics covered in the workshop include:
– Overview of the ASSIST Center, research, and opportunities for K-12 students and teachers.
– Introduction of the One Health concept.
– What is the Wearable Device Challenge and how can teachers get involved?
– Teaching Engineering Design in the classroom in a project-based approach: examples, resources, and lessons learned.
– Hands-on introduction to the tools and resources including:
– Engineering Design Process: activities/demonstrations
– Systems Thinking, Ideation, and Mind Mapping tools
– Arduino platforms, basic circuits, sensors, and energy harvesting
– Basics of Arduino Programming

The Science House is going to be doing a STEM Day on May 5th at the Barnes and Noble in Asheville, NC (Asheville Mall) – These are teacher sessions (1 hour long sessions). B&N will have 20% off for educators on this day and will also have STEM Kits available for purchase. A portion of the proceeds will go to The Science House. Kiosks of summer camps available for students (STEM) for parents that might want to know more information. No registration required. Activities hourly – schedule coming soon. It is first come first serve for each activity.
More details coming soon to this website:

North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching is holding several STEM related workshops.

All Macon County High School students 9th – 12th grade are eligible
Macon County First Robotics Competition (FRC) Team Sign-up

Macon County is starting our first high school robotics team this year.  The team of 10-50 students along with 3-6 mentors and coaches will design and build a 150 lb. robot in an industrial workshop!  This year we will be partnering with local business and industry to guide us through to the tournament in Asheville this Spring 2018.  Learn electrical and mechanical engineering, computer programing, fundraising and entrepreneurship skills while making new friends and making new connections in our community!

Under strict rules, limited resources, and an intense six-week time limit, teams of students are challenged to raise funds, design a team “brand,” hone teamwork skills, and build and program industrial-size robots to play a difficult field game against like-minded competitors. It’s as close to real-world engineering as a student can get. Volunteer professional mentors lend their time and talents to guide each team. Each season ends with an exciting FIRST Championship.

Do you know you are already interested?  Please go to to register for the team.  For more information, please contact Jennifer Love at or 828-524-3314.

*** We are also looking for adult/parent/community mentors to help with the team – if you are interested, please sign up with link above.***

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The Science House Asheville K-12 Educator Workshops

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Mountain Satellite Office

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