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NCMS Embraces STEM Challenge to Address Climate Change

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The first day of school, 7th grade students at Newton-Conover STEM Middle School students were gathered together to hear Kyle Hayman, Conover May Pro Term, about what Conover has and is doing to win in the fight against climate change. The students were enthralled with learning how Conover has taken great measures to ensure all families were provided the opportunity to recycle through a grant they won. Mr. Hayman discussed the economic benefits and environmental impacts recycling has had on our community. The students then traveled back to their classes to brainstorm and begin applying for the Hot Planet/Cool Athletes grant – a value of $5,000.

Hot Planet/Cool Athletes is a partnership between North Face, Clif Bar, and MEC to educate and energize rising generations to actively fight against climate change. They provide two windows of opportunities for students to submit grants geared towards making a change within their school with the larger scope of preserving our environment. NCMS students took the next four days to research ideas, design and write their innovative plans, and then finally on Friday August 28th, they were submitted.

Students will be having an assembly on October 1st to watch a presentation from an X-Games athlete sponsored by Hot Planet/Cool Athletes. The presentation is a platform for athletes to share their stories and experiences in how the climate is impacting them first hand and to provide updated information on the climate. In a means for students to experience the snow, they will begin to work through fundraisers to fund a day trip to Sugar Mountain, NC where they can learn to ski or snow tube. Students will travel late winter not only to enjoy the cool climate but also to learn more about how to preserve this beautiful climate for future generations to come.

About Heather Mullins

Heather Mullins is the Chief Academic Officer in Newton-Conover City Schools. She is a North Carolina Teaching Fellow who spent 12 years as a high school English Teacher. She received her B.S.Ed. in Secondary English Education from Western Carolina University. Heather completed her National Board Certification in Adolescent Young Adult English Language Arts in 2002. She holds an M.Ed. in Academically and Intellectually Gifted from UNC-Charlotte. Heather has served as a Curriculum Specialist in Hickory City Schools, an adjunct professor at Lenoir-Rhyne University, and a Professional Development Consultant for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. She completed her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership through Western Carolina University. Heather is one of the co-founders of #NCed Chat, North Carolina’s first Twitter chat for teachers. She is passionate about innovative practices, instructional technology, student ownership of learning, and supporting teachers. Heather serves on the advisory board for the North Carolina Digital Learning Plan, North Carolina School for the Deaf and Catawba Science Center. She is a recipient of the 2015 NCMLE Central Office Administrator to Watch Award. She also received the 2016 Don Chalker Award for Excellence in Educational Leadership. Heather is the proud mother of one son, Jackson.

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