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STEM:  Strategies That Engage Minds!

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STEM 2018-2019

2018 Newsletter


Discovery Education Professional Development – STEMformation

  • August 13th with coaching days August 14-15
  • September  18th with coaching days September 19
  • October 16th with coaching days October 17th
  • November 13th

Muddy Sneakers 5th Grade Mountain View Intermediate School

FLL Robotics Meetings – 7 teams (MVI, MMS, Nantahala) TBD


STEM-E Website

Drone Club –  (Middle and High School) TBA

FRC Makin’ Bots Meetings (competition season begins Jan. 5th – May 2019)


  • 13th – Discovery Education STEMformation PD – 4 more sessions
  • 16th – FIRST Lego League Robotics Meeting at Mountain View Media Center:
    • 1:00 – 2:30 Mentors and Coaches
    • 2:30 – 4:00 Students join the meeting.
  • 22nd8:30am– Iotla Elementary School – STEM Introduction for K-4 teachers PLC in Media Center 
  • 29th – 12:30 – SCC Jackson Campus Jim Falbo
    Title ” Please Hear Me! Technology Will Change WNC.” Jim’s presentation will show data and trends from scientists, mathematicians, technology experts, and from personal experience. He will use this information to show predictions in the kind of jobs that will reduce the need for people, and how it will affect the future of Western North Carolina. Many areas of CTE will have an influence on this economic shift. Suggested solutions will be addressed and discussed. 


  • 6thCyber Security Family Night at Mountain View Intermediate School
  • 7th- GLOBE Training at SCC (8am to 3pm) – Middle School & High School Teachers will learn to monitor atmospheric conditions using GLOBE protocols and to report findings on the GLOBE website.
  • 8th – Mainspring Conservation Trust River Cleanup Service Project Opportunity 9:00 am at Bear Shelter on Greenway.
  • 13th – FIRST Robotics Team Makin’ Bots Meeting 4:00 – 6:00pm at Tektone.
  • 18th Discovery Education STEMformation PD – 4 more sessions
  • 19th – PARI Workshop (9:30am to 3:00pm) – No cost to teachers (plus the cost of a sub is included). Content includes using astronomical equipment and exploring lesson plans for middle school & high school
  • 20th – STEM-E Middle School Conference Field Trip – Cherokee Central Schools
  • 21th – STEM-E High School Conference Field Trip – Cherokee Central Schools
  • 27th – FIRST Robotics Team Makin’ Bots Meeting 4:00 – 6:00pm at Tektone.
  • 28th – ESTEAM Conference for 7th grade (30 students will be selected to participate from all 7th grade classes in Macon County).


  • 4th – CREW in Cherokee ***FULL***
  • 5th & 6th- Family Night at PARI (no cost except for transportation). Program for kids (grade 6-8) and adults which includes an overnight stay in newly built cabins plus three meals.  Runs noon Friday through noon on Saturday with star gazing using telescopes in the evening.
  • 11th – FIRST Robotics Team Makin’ Bots Meeting 4:00 – 6:00pm location TBA.
  • 16thDiscovery Education STEMformation PD – 4 more sessions
  • 18th – STEM-E Elementary Conference Field Trip – Cherokee Central Schools
  • 22-24 – Bridging the Gap Conference ***FULL***
  • 25th FIRST Robotics Team Makin’ Bots Meeting 4:00 – 6:00pm location TBA.
  • TBAMigration Celebration Mountain View 6th Grade


  • 2ndSTEM Career Day with SCC Macon Campus and Smoky Mountain STEM Collaborative – details TBA
  • 6th FIRST Robotics Team Makin’ Bots Meeting 4:00 – 6:00pm location TBA.
  • 8thMountain View Intermediate School STEM Family Night 5:30 – 7:30pm. Star Gazing with the Asheville Astronomy Club 6:30 – 8:30 pm.
  • 8thSTEM Career Day with SCC Macon Campus and Smoky Mountain STEM Collaborative – details TBA
  • 15th – East Franklin STEM Family Night 6:00 – 8:00 pm.
  • 13th – Discovery Education STEMformation PD – 4 more sessions


  • 3rd – 9thHour of Code all ages – more info go to Hour of Code website
  • 6thFIRST Robotics Team Makin’ Bots Meeting 4:00 – 6:00pm location TBA.


  • 5thFIRST FRC Kick Off Event Georgia Tech.


  • 23rdFIRST Lego League Tournament at the Smoky Mountain Performing Arts Center – 9:00 am – 1:00pm.


  • TBA – Highlands STEM Family Night
  • 29th – STEM Technology Conference – Details TBA
  • TBA – STEM-E Elementary, Middle, High School Conference


  • 5thSTEM SCC Day with Franklin High School
  • 12th – Mountain View STEM Career Fair
  • 25th – 26th Mountain View College Tours and Washington DC Trip
  • TBD – Kids in the Creek – interested 8th grade classes
  • TBD – NC Science Festival


  • TBASouth Macon Biodiversity Day


Student Programs

FIRST Lego League Meeting August 16th at Mountain View Intermediate School Media Center

2:30 – 3:30 Meeting with students/parents, watch the launch video and pass out kits.

  • Welcome to Robotics
  • Show launch video
  • recruit mentors/volunteers
  • divide into teams
  • pass out kits
  • Coach will discuss next meeting time for individual team.

FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Makin’ Bots team workshops – dates and location TBD

This series of workshops will train high school students participating on the robotics team the necessary skills to begin the 2019 season.  Attendance is not required but encouraged.

  • Begins with workshops in September to prep for season 4:00 – 6:00 pm hopefully at Innovation Station
    • Sept. 13th – Mechanical Principals
    • Sept. 27th – Pneumatics
    • Oct. 11th – Electrical Controls and Power Components
    • Oct. 25th – Electrical Interface Overview
    • November 6th – Strategy and Leadership Team
    • November 8th – Basic Concept Coding/Driving Practice
    • December 6th – Safety/Tool Time -This session is required to participate.
    • 5th Kick Off Field Trip to GA Tech

All Macon County High School students 9th – 12th grade are eligibleMacon 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 the robotics tab 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.***

Information attached about the program –

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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.

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

The Science House Asheville K-12 Educator Workshops

For registration and more information go to –

Mountain Satellite Office

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