Why Celebrate the Eclipse?
As educators, we know that learning by doing is the best teacher. This incredible, rare event gives us the opportunity to bring our Community of Learners together to witness the awesome effects of planetary motion! How could we pass that up?
We hope SolarFest gives our students and community a memorable, educational, and safe viewing experience!
Our educational booths
3D Printed Pinhole Projectors
Cross-Cultural Constellation Projectors
Solar Selfie Photobomb Booth
See a 3D printer make pinhole projectors – we got the design from NASA!
see other examples of pinhole cameras, and learn how they use light to capture an image
In May, third grade students visited the Georgia Mountain Research and Education Center. They learned about tree identification. When they returned to school, they teamed up with Ms. Emily and began identifying trees in The Outdoor Learning Center. Students identified many varieties including Peach, Sassafras, Sycamore, Oak and Poplar trees.
Teachers use community resources like the Georgia Mountain Research and Education Center to show students real life applications of things they learn in the classroom. Of course a student can learn about a tree from a book, but it’s not until they are in the woods learning about leaves, bark, flowers and seeds that they make the deep connections that lead to life long learning. Community partnerships are an integral piece of your child’s education at The Learning Center!
Local landscaper/gardener Tim Ryan from Brasstown makes a hearty donation of tools to help the miniature gardeners at The Learning Center. We thank Mr. Ryan for helping the next generation of stewards get hands on experience in the garden and out in the forests.
Back in May, first grade students visited the Cherokee County Court House in downtown Murphy to learn about the important role this building serves our community. They also visited Mayor Hughes and heard all the important things a mayor does for a city.
Earlier this year, Parents Involved held a Laundry Mama fundraiser selling laundry soap, dish soap, fabric softener and laundry and dishwasher pods. A total of $1,046 was raised for the playgrounds. Thanks everyone!
The Learning Center! in Murphy, NC is one of nine stops across the U.S. for Engineering Camp, for rising sixth graders to twelfth graders. For four days, from July 17-20, from 9am to 4pm, Murphy area Engineering Camp students will be immersed in hands-on learning, using emerging technologies such as 3D printing, 3D CAD design, artificial intelligence, programming and physical computing in a fun and challenging environment.
AND, Mini-Maker Expo is Monday, July 17th from 6:00 – 8:30pm at our school and is geared for young inventors and makers from 1st grade through rising 5th graders. The Murphy Mini-Maker Expo grabs kids by the eyeballs and sucks them into the world of inventing–2017 style! No boring books or lectures or videos. Kids get their hands on 3D printers, Blinking LED art, and digital design software for making their ideas come to life.
The Mini-Maker Expo is designed as an eye-catching introduction to the world of innovation and inventing. For two hours, kids are immersed in hands-on simulations designed to spark curiosity. The energy in the room is crackling with excitement. Sign up now before the seats are all taken.
Spots are limited, so call The Learning Center! Charter School at 828.835.7240 for more information and sign up your bored teenager now!
Students across The Learning Center campus celebrated Earth Day in April by taking a walking tour with Restoration Coordinator, Tony Ward, of the Hiawasee River Watershed Coalition. He taught students how our town monitors and improves water bodies in our area. Students learned about environmental issues and our local ecology along the river including the efforts being made to stop erosion along the rivers, the benefits of trees, and native and evasive plants.
Our school Green & Clean Crew is responsible for keeping our grounds looking beautiful. If you like getting your hands dirty, or finding an excuse to be outdoors on a beautiful day, we have a job for you! Contact the office and find out how you can become part of this “growing” group.
On April 3, 2017, The Celtic Company with Susan Clearman performed traditional Celtic music for all students at The Learning Center. John Maschinot played the uillean pipes. They are smaller than the great Highland pipes and powered by a bellows operated by the player’s arm. Susan played the accordion and Evan Kenney played guitar and banjo. They performed with singer/step-dancer Olivia Bradley who performed traditional Irish dance as well as played the bodhran, the traditional Celtic hand drum.
The authentic, traditional music was available to our students thanks to the Brasstown Concert Association and the Jackie Ward Foundation. Students couldn’t help but to tap their feet and clap along to the wonderful Irish singing and dance!