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!

 

Students Build Robotic Cars in Tech Ed Elective

Students in sixth through eighth grades at The Learning Center Charter School have a wide variety of electives to choose from each week. This semester one such elective is called “Tech Ed” and involves all things technology, engineering, and making.

Under the supervision of Franklin Shook, Instructional Technology Director for the school, students in this elective have been building robotic cars. They first learned about internal computer hardware components. Then the students spent time dismantling old computer technology to see the similarities in basic components including power supply, control boards and switches.  They have been spending most of their weekly meeting time assembling robotic cars that they will eventually program to perform tasks like driving, object avoidance, responding to a TV remote and line tracing.

Shook plans to teach the group the basic function of everyday items via this hands-on STEM approach through building video games from old computers, 3D printing and additional robotics work.  STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math.

Shook said, “I’m excited to be able to share technology skills with my students. It is fun to be able to watch their excitement as they learn something new.”

Students Use Technology to Celebrate Holidays

Sixth graders at The Learning Center Charter School used state of the art technology to celebrate the holidays.

First, students designed cookie cutters as part of their studies of expanding ratios in math class. Once designed, each student printed their cookie cutter on one of the schools several 3D printers. They used the cookie cutters in salt dough which ultimately became Christmas tree ornaments.

However, the class did not stop there.  Each student also designed and 3D printed unique Christmas ornaments, sharpened their computer programming skills by writing computer code to move a robot along a desired course, and engineered pop-up Christmas cards.

Sixth grade math teacher, Kathleen Shook, said, “At our school we integrate state of the art technology into everything we do. Christmas was no exception.”

Shook added that having the means to take what starts as an idea all the way through to a completed project keeps her students engaged in the standard course of study required by the state but also makes her students thirsty for more.

“Having the technology at our fingertips means that I’m able to cover academic standards with impressive scope,” said Shook.

Shook added that her students are already gearing up with ideas, plans, designs and projects for the school’s fourth annual School Maker Faire scheduled for March 14, 2019.

Scenes from Makers Mash 2018

Each year at Halloween time, our school puts on a party for Makers. We call it our annual Makers Mash and it is an event that student and staff look forward to each year. Students make decorated/carved pumpkins, monsters from upcycled materials, and come dressed in costumes in all sorts of categories such as traditional, upcycled, yearly themed and group categories. Judges are on hand to pick winners in a wide variety of categories and even award cash prizes. This yearly Maker event gets the creative juices flowing and gets our students thinking about our annual School Maker Faire that will be held in March. Such fun!

Makers Mash 2018 is Next Week – Have your made your costume? Carved your pumpkin? Made your monster?

You won’t want to miss out in this super fun annual Maker event. The whole school gets involved and it’s a fun day to showcase your creativity. Click HERE to find out more.

Innovation Tech Camp Brings High-Tech Education to Campus

During the week of June 11-14, we were thrilled to host another fabulous summer camp brought to us by Steve and Debby Kurti of Innovation Academy. Students from TLC and other area schools got to dig deep into the impressive array of 3D printers, robotics, and drone technology that the camp featured. We are also thankful to Bob Merrill of BC Machining LLC in Brasstown. He lent his time as featured speaker to talk to camp participants and share the innovations he has developed over 35 years in business. Thanks to all who bring such amazing content to our Community of Learners.

Innovation Tech Camp Set – June 11-14

The Learning Center Charter School is one of nine stops across the U.S. for Innovation Tech Camp for rising sixth through twelfth graders. For four days, from June 11-14, Innovation Tech Camp students will be immersed in hands-on learning. They will use emerging technologies such as 3D printing, 3D CAD design, artificial intelligence, and computer programming in a fun and challenging environment.

Innovation Tech Camp was co-founded by California based Debby and Steve Kurti who like to inspire a new generation of tinkerers, explorers and innovators. Originally from Franklin, Steve and his wife have hosted the camp here in Murphy since 2014.

Each year students at the camp are presented with a complex fictional scenario. The group is then placed onto varying teams to ultimately solve the problem by designing equipment, programming robots, 3D printing components and navigating a solution through trial and error.

“We create challenges worthy of their intellect with tools powerful enough to hold their attention,” said Debby Kurti. “This is the best experience to jumpstart your teen’s curiosity and technical skill.”

Innovation Tech Camp is part of the Kurti’s nonprofit organization called Curious Student Foundation.  The Foundation helps provide scholarships for kids eager to attend camp.  The Curious Student Foundation never turns away kids that cannot pay. In fact, about 50% of students at the Murphy based camp receive funding each year through their scholarship program.

To learn more about Innovation Tech Camp set for June 11-14, 2018, visit www.naturallygrownkids.org/innovation-tech-camp.   You may register online at that address. Feel free to call 835-7240 to find out more and inquire about scholarship opportunities.