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NCMS STEM Connection Night Brings Information and Opportunity to Families

CityfarmprojectNCMS hosted their first of a series of four STEM Connection Nights on Friday, September 18 at 5:30 pm.  Students, families, and staff enjoyed a pasta dinner and then engaged in a career and opportunity fair around the concept of agriculture and urban gardening.



Abby Rowe, of The City Farm Project, demonstrates how families can use aquaponics to grow fish and food in a easily sustainable, interdependent system.

The City Farm Project served as the guest presenter for the event.  Their booth included a demonstration of how, through aquaponics, families could grow fresh vegetables all winter long and then enjoy fresh tilapia they raised in the spring.  The City Farm Project supports urban and suburban families with developing gardens for small spaces and encloses spaces.  They provide support with farming, chickens, and gardening in general.


The City Farm project also offers chicken coop kits and information on how to raise and sustain chickens in a small, urban space.

CVCC's turf management program is one of the most highly esteemed programs in our nation.

CVCC’s turf management program is one of the most highly esteemed programs in our nation.

Catawba Valley Community College shared information about their turf management program and discussed how parents and students could enroll in their nationally recognized course of study.


Devine Farms, 4-H, Farm Bureau, Catawba Soil and Water Conservation, and many other businesses shared how they support agriculture and farming in the area as well as how families and students can get involved or benefit from their services.













Students also received a small seed to plant and grow on their own.


Congratulations, NCMS, on an amazing STEM experience!

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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