The Learning Center Charter School celebrated making of all kinds at our 5th annual School Maker Faire on Thursday, March 12 from 3:30 – 6:30. Imagine a science fair, craft show, tech conference, and county fair, all rolled into one and you can picture a School Maker Faire.
Makers – from Learning Center students to community members – had booths featuring their own unique Maker project. There were hands-on activities, demonstrations, and delicious homemade food.
A special thank you to our wonderful community of Makers that made this event possible. The School Maker Faire proved to be an inspiring and educational evening for everyone who attended.
Our Environthon team is seen here at the Area 1 training day earlier this month at Tri-County Community College. Regional Competition is TODAY, March 25th in Waynesville, NC.
Environthon is an environmental education competition. It is organized by the NCF-Envirothon, a program of the National Conservation Foundation. The competition is held by the United States and Canada on a regional, state, and bi-national level.
Third grader teacher, Ms. Kathleen Shook, has extended Read Across America Week to the entire month of March for her students. As part of the celebration, she has arranged guests to come read to the class daily. The first week included several class moms, an ICU Nurse, a local handyman, a NCDOT worker, and a public health advisor for the CDC!
Eighth graders have been studying poetry and are seen here working in poetry stations to create their own unique poems.
One station was for “found poetry” which is using cut out words from newspapers to create a poem.
Another station was “blackout poetry” which is taking a page from a book and selecting a few words to create a poem while blacking out the rest of the page with designs.
The third station was “paint chip poetry” where the students took a paint chip sample and used the paint color names to create a whimsical poem.
The last station was a typewriter where students could create free verse poems on an old typewriter.
The students were so enthusiastic to be able to explore the art of writing poetry through unique and creative ways. One student said “I can’t wait to go take this home so I can post a picture of it on Instagram!”
Read Across America Week was March 2-6, 2020 and our students enjoyed all the activities teachers planned to celebrate.
Read Across America Week promotes reading, particularly for children and young adults. Many schools, libraries, and community centers across the United States participate in the day by bringing people together to take part in reading books.
You might have heard your student talking about the daily events going on at school to celebrate. They were:
Mixed Up Monday: Wear your shirt inside out or backwards.
Truffula Tuesday: Wear a mustache (like the LORAX!)
Wacky Socks Wednesday: Wear a pair of WACKY socks.
Thing 2 Thursday: Decorate your hair in a crazy way, like Thing 1 and Thing 2.
Friday: Oh the Places You’ll Go! Wear a shirt for your favorite college or profession.
Eighth grade students have been studying Gilded Age in American history.
The Gilded Age was an era that occurred during the late 19th century, from the 1870s to about 1900. The Gilded Age was an era of rapid economic growth, especially in the Northern United States and the Western United States.
During their studies, students worked their way through an “escape room” scenario based on the Gilded Age. After they escaped they got to play monopoly. The students will go on to play another round teamed up based on their first round rankings. They are competing to see who lands on top –“Robber Baron” or “Captain of Industry”.
It’s Open Enrollment time. That means that if you know of families and students in our community that want to be part of The Learning Center community of learners, now is the time to pre-enroll for the 2020-21 school year.
at The Learning Center Charter School read a book about Vincent Van Gogh early
in the school year and immediately wanted to try their hand at replicating his
Kathleen Shook tapped into the student interest and has allowed the class to
continue their exploration of famous artists.
spent time making Van Gogh replicas, we journeyed into independent studies of
artists that interested us,” said Shook.
The class has
spent time looking at photography as art and as a
way to tell stories. They have explored different art forms including pottery,
metal work, graffiti, hieroglyphics, and ultimately took an interest in
installations, or whole rooms that are transformed into art projects. In fact,
the class decided to incorporate science into an art project by taking their
studies of outer space and transforming their classroom into an art piece that
shows off the Solar System.
The final Solar System art installation
will be unveiled at the 5th Annual School Maker Faire on March 12th
A School Maker Faire is 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. Maker Faire
exhibits can be from any discipline — from science to art to gardening to
engineering to craft.
“We have begun planetary
research that will lead us into art, and we hope to use QR codes to make
the exhibit interactive and educational,” said Shook.
The community is invited and encouraged
to be part of the 5th Annual School Maker Faire set for March 12th
from 3:30-6:30 on the campus of The Learning Center Charter School located at
945 Conaheeta Street in Murphy. Visit www.naturally grownkids.org to learn more
or call 835-7240 to register to be a Maker at the event.