The Learning Center Charter School is celebrating making of all kinds at their 4th annual School Maker Faire on Thursday, March 14 from 3:30 – 6:30.
Maker Faire, an official brand and trademark for this worldwide phenomenon, is a celebration of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness. It’s a place to show what you’ve made and to share what you’ve learned with others. Schools host Maker Faires because they are a perfect combination of part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new. School Maker Faire exhibitors, or “makers,” are primarily students—either as individuals, clubs, classes or groups. And Maker Faire exhibits can be from any discipline — from science to art to gardening to engineering to craft.
Makers – from Learning Center students to community members – will have booths featuring their own unique Maker project. There will be hands-on activities, demonstrations, and delicious homemade food.
Julie Johnson, organizer for the School Maker Faire, says, “Kids are inherently curious and creative. Given the space and opportunity to build and create, they will and you’ll be amazed at the things they make.”
Johnson added that having makers from the community sharing and interacting with the young people make the event truly special.
The Learning Center is an official host of the fourth annual School Maker Faire open to the Murphy area and is looking for Makers to join the festivities. The event will be held at the school on Thursday, March 14th, from 3:30 – 6:30 pm. Contact The Learning Center for more information and to enter YOUR Maker project at naturallygrownkids.org/school-maker-faire.
Recently, students in Kindergarten welcomed a parent volunteer who helped them make furniture out of cardboard. Students made a chess table and two chairs.
Students were engaged in the hands on designing, testing, trouble shooting and redesigning necessary to build a solid table and chairs. This awesome set is now in the Kindergarten classroom and will be on display at our 4th Annual School Maker Faire on March 14th from 3:30-6:30.
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!
On November 8th and 9th, 2018, our school hosted our third annual art celebration and fundraising event — ARTrageous 2018.
This two night event featured a live and silent auction on Thursday. Former North Carolina Poet Laureate, Shelby Stephenson, was on hand to entertain the crowd.
On the second night of the event, art was celebrated in all forms from food, dancing, live music, written and spoken word, to gallery art and live drama performances.
Our fabulous TLC! GrowZone Players performed a one-act play. These young actors always steal the show and give audiences a great preview of the spectacular performances you’ll see at our annual Spring Musical. This year’s play, The Wolf Who Was a Vegetarian, and Other Slightly Bizarre Stories featured the work of North Carolina Playwright Susan Steadman, seen in the photo above.
You might remember that our 5th graders participate in a program called Muddy Sneakers each year. The Muddy Sneakers program exists to enrich the standard course of study through experiential education in an outdoor setting where students connect with the land, become more active, and gain self-confidence while improving science aptitude. Muddy Sneakers began as a pilot program in the spring of 2007 with Brevard and Pisgah Forest Elementary Schools in Transylvania County and has grown each year to now serve 36 schools across 12 counties and 13 school districts in the Carolinas.
As part of their ongoing Muddy Sneakers experience, in November students worked with the field educators to learn all about weather. They used the Scientific Method to measure weather changes between two different points in the day. Throughout the days adventures, students learned about cold fronts, warms fronts, stationary weather fronts. They played weather related games, acted out weather related skits and generally had a blast being out and observing weather first hand.
Fifth graders have begun participating in The Muddy Sneakers program and will have several excursions throughout the school year. The Muddy Sneakers program exists to enrich the standard course of study through experiential education in an outdoor setting where students connect with the land, become more active, and gain self-confidence while improving science aptitude. Muddy Sneakers began as a pilot program in the spring of 2007 with Brevard and Pisgah Forest Elementary Schools in Transylvania County and has grown each year to now serve 36 schools across 12 counties and 13 school districts in the Carolinas. Be sure to scroll down and read Part I in of series of 5th Grade and Muddy Sneakers in the previous post.
The second Muddy Sneakers excursion had the students trekking to Fires Creek to learn about Aquatic Ecosystems. The class was divided into two groups and Muddy Sneakers leaders Kiersten and Alex each took a group to the river to check the water quality.
The students had fun hiking their way through the trails to reach the water destination. Once there the instructors took out the collecting materials and explained to the students how to collect animal specimens without hurting them. Each student was partnered up. One of the partners went into the water first with a bucket, small fish net, and a small paint brush sponge. The other student stayed on the bank to separate the different species into separate containers.
Afterwards, the class came back together to discuss what they found. Depending on what kinds of micro-invertebrate species they had found, they could determine if the water was healthy or polluted. Students were pleased to discover that the water was good quality.
Then, students hiked up to the waterfall and we discussed what they had learned from this expedition.
For the second year in a row, fifth graders at our school are participating in Muddy Sneakers. The Muddy Sneakers program exists to enrich the standard course of study through experiential education in an outdoor setting where students connect with the land, become more active, and gain self-confidence while improving science aptitude. Muddy Sneakers began as a pilot program in the spring of 2007 with Brevard and Pisgah Forest Elementary Schools in Transylvania County and has grown each year to now serve 36 schools across 12 counties and 13 school districts in the Carolinas.
Students had their first excursion to learn the rules and procedures during these field work expeditions. Students learned things like how to identify poison ivy, what to do if they see a snake in the woods, how to use compasses and magnifying glasses, and how to behave around stinging insects.
This first day was spent walking the trails in our own Outdoor Learning Center. During the lessons and hikes, students found some really cool fungus and discussed it as the group. They found Cobalt Crust, Stinkhorn Mushrooms, and a blanket of white fluff on a tree branch that they identified as Beech Blight Aphids (Grylloprociphilus imbricator), a species that lives off the sap of beech trees.
The students really are excited to learn more on future Muddy Sneakers expeditions!
A special thank you to a parent volunteer that visited the Kindergarten class and helped them make applesauce. This fun seasonal activity included teaching the students about apples, the importance of eating local foods that are in season and how to read a recipe. Plus, the resulting applesauce was delicious!
On October 1, 2018, Kindergarten through fourth grade students were delighted to observe and be part of a Native American Drum Circle and story telling from the Grandfather Mountain area. Mikko Harmon (main speaker) brought a group to both perform for and with our students. They performed traditional Native American music and dance and shared folklore.