What is STEM?

STEM in Macon CountySTEM Macon County

Mission
STEM is creating a community of problem solvers to lead Macon County into the future.

Why STEM?
To empower students to think critically about issues facing our community and problem solve real solutions so that our home (local to global) will thrive and adapt to a continually changing world.

 

Vision
A community of innovators working together to solve problems and initiate projects which will have a positive impact on our home and future.

Macon County students studying at Oak Ridge National Laboratory for STEM Camp.What is STEM?

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math

(STEAM, ESTEAM, STEAMS, ETC.)

Strategies That Engage Minds

Not a checklist

Not taught in isolation – collaborative and integrated

Represents a paradigm shift in educational practice

Teacher is the “guide on the side not the sage on the stage”. 

Provides opportunities to FAIL (First Attempt in Learning)

4 C’s – Collaboration, Creativity, Critical Thinking and Communication

Why STEM?

According to the Pew Research Center, employment in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) occupations has grown 79% since 1990, from 9.7 million to 17.3 million, outpacing overall U.S. job growth. Mastering STEM skills (4 C’s) will also create attributes and soft-skills that students need to develop for any future career.

Problem Solving

Critical Thinking

Perseverance

Goal Setting

Independent and life-long learners

GRIT!

Goals 

GLOBE CertificationProvide educators with the necessary training and information so they may empower students with problem-solving and critical thinking skills.

Discovery Education

The Science House

WRESA

NCCAT

STEM-E

NASA – Smoky Mountain STEM Collaborative

Code.org

Teacher Externships

 

Macon Bots Robotics Team 2019Provide new opportunities for our students so they may understand and practice 21st century skills.

Project/Problem Based (PBL) in the classroom!

Science Olympiad after school (5th/6th grade)

FIRST Lego League Robotics through STEM educators (5th – 8th grade)

Macon Bots High School Robotics – after school (9-12th grade)

STEM Family Nights (K-6)

STEM-E clubs (Elementary – High School)

Internships (High School)

Computer Science Class at FHS

Media Center Makerspaces

Drone class at Macon Middle

Muddy Sneakers at Mountain View

STEM Coffeehouse

Encourage and support relationships in our community of learners (parents, teachers, administration, business, industry, students) which will encourage collaboration and inspire innovative solutions (real-world problems).Robotics Competition

STEM Career Fair Mountain View Intermediate School

SCC Career Fairs

Internships with local businesses

Teacher Externships

STEM-E Club Projects

Franklin Gem and Mineral Society Grants

SMART Tank

STEM Coffeehouse

The Bascom Artist in Residence partnership (Macon Middle)

Robotics Program

Provide resources to our teachers and students so their creativity and productivity is not restricted.STEM Night

3D Printers

Field Trip experiences

Community experts/mentors

Scientific Equipment

Consumables

Funding support(grants/fundraisers/donations)

Curriculum Support/Coaching

STEM Family Night materials

STEM Space: Lauchpad for Innovators

Professional Resources

Appropriate Technology