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MEC Eclipse Team begins!

Macon Early College Eclipse Team – Students at MEC are working with the Macon County Library, the STEM Coordinator and the Macon County Eclipse planning committee to create lessons for Macon County School students on how to view the eclipse safely.  They are creating media to send home to students, working on a Facebook page and creating keepsakes for sale during the eclipse event.  For more information about the eclipse, please see our eclipse tab on this website.

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ESTEAM Student Conference 2016

September 16, 2016ESTEAM Conference for 7th grade students – Students from Macon Middle, Union, Nantahala and Highlands will be attending an all day ESTEAM (Entrepreneurship, Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math conference:  Building Confidence Today for the STEM Careers of Tomorrow.  The day will include demonstration booths and student programs that focus on STEM careers.

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We had a great time at SCC Jackson Campus for the ESTEAM conference.  Students in 7th grade from Nantahala School, Union School, Highlands School and Macon Middle School participated in DNA extraction from strawberries, Sound and Light experiments, Engineering a hovercraft and learned about Microbiology.

Smoky Mountain STEM Collaborative meeting at MVI

September 21, 2016 – Matthew Cass from the Smoky Mountain STEM Collaborative, a grant through NASA, presented to Macon County teachers about upcoming opportunities.  If you missed the meeting and want more information, contact Jennifer Love at jennifer.love@macon.k12.nc.us.

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Migration Day

September 26-30, 2016STEM Migration Day – All 6th grade students from Mountain View Intermediate School will learn about citizen science and biomimicry while helping with bird banding with a M.A.P.S. scientists and Monarch tagging through “Monarch Watch”.

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Discovery Education Leadership Forum

October 5, 2016STEM and Project Based Learning Training by Discovery Education for school administrators and community leaders.

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October 6, 2016 – STEM Coordinator Jennifer Love and Smoky Mountain STEM Collaborative (SMSC) PI Matthew Cass will be presenting at the CREW workshop for teachers in western North Carolina.  The presentation will focus on opportunities available for teachers and students through the SMSC NASA grant and GLOBE research projects.

Spooky STEM

STEM Spooky Sounds Engineering after school programs

October 25 – Mountain View Intermediate, October 26 – Highlands School,

October 27 – Macon Middle School

Students will engineer sound makers and then use them to create their own GarageBand soundtrack.  Students will need to bring their own devices in order to record their final soundtrack.

Thank you to Ben Walker from Backlot Studio for coming to talk to the students about sound engineering careers.

Questions please email Jennifer Love at jennifer.love@macon.k12.nc.us  Please go to this link to register:  https://goo.gl/forms/mW3i9TtOzDSUS47d2

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