Ready for School Maker Faire?

Across the world, Makers are coming together to celebrate the innovation and invention that comes from curiosity and the drive to explore. In gathering both formal and informal, they are coming together to share the love of their DIY, tech-driven passions. Maker Faires occur across the globe.

This year marks our Fourth Annual School Maker Faire!

School Maker Faires are mini versions of the city-wide Maker Faires that happen all over the globe.

As an E-STEAM school that emphasizes learning through doing, we think being part of the Maker Movement is the perfect way to engage and excite our students and larger community, about the world around them.

Mark your calendars for March 14th to join us for our School Maker Faire. Want to showcase your makes?  Click HERE to register!


Outdoor Survival Elective

The Outdoor Survival elective consists of fourth and fifth graders learning the basic necessities for outdoor activities such as hiking and camping. Their leader, Sean Bain, teaches them what to do in case of emergencies in numerous outdoor situations. Below are examples of what these students are learning.

 How to properly wrap a broken extremity, stop severe bleeding, and secure impaled objects in the body.

Why and where to build an emergency house (lean-to)
Picking the correct material
Why its important to get out of the environment at a quick pace

Always be aware of surrounding dangers
How to mark or remember ways you came into the woods.
Closest water source

More About Charter Schools Across the State

Image from National Charter School Resource Center. Visit to learn more.


Charter schools are public schools of choice that are authorized by the State Board of Education and operated by independent non-profit boards of directors. State and local tax dollars are the primary funding sources for charter schools, which have open enrollment and cannot discriminate in admissions, associate with any religion or religious group, or charge-tuition. Charter schools operate with freedom from many of the regulations that govern district schools, but charter schools are held accountable through the State assessment and accountability system.

Other interesting facts as of January 2019:

  1. 109,389 students are being served by 185 charter schools across North Carolina.
  2. That represents 7.3% of the total public school population.
  3. 50% are female and 50% are male.
  4. 35 applicants to open a charter school are currently being reviewed by Charter School Advisory Board.
  5. The number of charter school exceeding growth increased from 36 to 46 last year.

Visit the Office of Charter Schools to learn more about charter schools across North Carolina.

2nd Graders Become Engineers of Own Parade Floats

Before Thanksgiving break, second graders at The Learning Center Charter School completed a Project Based Learning (PBL) project focused around the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

PBL is a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging and complex question, problem, or challenge.

The second graders first learned all about the history of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.  Once they had a solid understanding of the historical perspective, students researched past float designs. They were then challenged to design and construct their own balloon floats.

Stephanie Hopper, second grade teacher, said, “These students diligently worked on academic standards that included math, science, social studies and language arts during our Thanksgiving parade PBL project.”  Hopper added that the genius behind PBL is that the students just thought they were having fun.

“The PBL approach ensures that students learn material with both breadth and depth because students are so engaged in what they are doing,” said Hopper.  She added that the PBL approach provides a means for integration across multiple subject areas and allows students to better understand a topic through the physical act of doing.

Upon completion of the project, students shared their work with the entire school by conducting their very own parade across the campus.