FCHS Engineering National Test

Rebel's Corner

Congratulations to the Applications of Engineering students at Fannin County High School.  100% of the students passed the National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI) Pre-Engineering/Engineering Technology exam.  Nationally, over 10,000 students took the exam, and the national pass rate was 58%. The Engineering students at Fannin High did an outstanding job, performing well above the national average!

The students completed a three course Engineering Pathway, consisting of Foundations of Engineering, Engineering Concepts, and Engineering Applications.  Several of the students are planning to pursue careers in Engineering or Engineering Technology.  During the pathway, students learned how to create Engineering drawings, use industry standard 3D modeling software, create 3D prints, design and build robots, and write computer programs.

“I am very proud of these future Engineers!  It has been a pleasure to work with them over the last four years, and I wish them all the best in their future endeavors.” Bubba Gibbs, Engineering Teacher FCHS.

More information on the Engineering Pathway can be found at:  http://www.gadoe.org/Curriculum-Instruction-and-Assessment/CTAE/Pages/Engineering-and-Technology-Pathways.aspx

More information on NOCTI can be found at:  http://www.nocti.org/index.cfm

For additional information, please contact Bubba Gibbs at bgibbs@fannin.k12.ga.us.

Pictured Front row (L to R)
Chris Kimbro, Colton Mathis, Cole Harper, Chase Aring

Back Row (L to R)
Dylan Millsaps, Jimmy Long, Sam Mercer, Hunter Alexander, Joe Sission, Brett Galloway, Gavin Gibbs


West Fannin Elem

Our “STEM Upcycling” winners in 3rd, 4th and 5th grade were rewarded Tuesday, May 16th with their Unicorn Spit Party from Kitty Ray, owner of 3 Monkeys Antique Mall and Paint Studio in downtown Blue Ridge. The students really enjoyed using this awesome paint.


Kitty gave each student a wooden template, paint, and lots of tools to make cool designs. Thank you Kitty and 3 Monkeys for being such a great business partner.Great Job to Reese Lewis, Anthony Herrera, and AJ Allen for winning this great painting party for their classrooms.

Brayden Whitener and Peyton Strickland

Levi Satterfield and Bryce Mitchell

Stem Day at West Fannin Elementary

Rebel's Corner

West Fannin’s STEM teacher, Kim Patterson, presented each of our classrooms with a box challenge. Each classroom received a 6”x 6”x 6”cardboard box. There were no restrictions and no rules except for each classroom to create something using their box. Kitty Ray from 3 Monkeys Antiques came to judge the boxes for us. She picked the most unique box and the box with the best purpose. We had a wide variety of creations from our classrooms and she was very impressed with their ability to turn a simple box into so many different things. These two classes won a pizza party.


Strobel boxes: Mrs. Strobel’s second grade class won for the most unique use of a box. They turned their box into a kite.

Back to front – left to right: Delilah Naylor, Star Morris, Dawson Hawkins, Lake Cantrell, John Henry Chastain, Ashley Kinard, Yarley Vargas, Mrs. Strobel. Front row holding the kite: Cole Burk, Lesly Alvarado, Marley Hernandez, Gabe Hansen, Izzy Mulcare, Francisco Saldana, Aiden Jones

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Dockery boxes: Mrs. Dockery’s kindergarten class created a “sneezy station” and won for the most purposeful.

Back to front – left to right:  Kendall Postell (TAPS student) and Mrs. Dockery. Shaylee Jones, Kaydee Parris, Lorelei Tipton, Reid Summers (holding the “sneezy station”), Conner Dixon, Colton Dills, Jordan Reilly, William Turpin, on the floor Tyler Wood, Ivy Aponte

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As a part of STEM Day at West Fannin, Fannin County High School students, Cooper Earls and Hunter Alexander gave a presentation on STEM, engineering and TSA.  The high school students demonstrated robotics, the electric car, drones and examples of video programming.  They talked to students about the many opportunities ahead for them through STEM education.


STEM 3.14.17: Cooper Earls pushing Hunter Alexander in the electric car

Fannin Stem

STEM 3.14.17 2 and 3: Hunter Alexander talking to students about the electric car

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STEM 3.14.17 4: Hunter Alexander and Cooper Early talking to kindergarten and first grade about STEM

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West Fannin Elementary participated in a forensic exercise that highlighted their STEM program

West Fannin Elem

By Mark Young, Academic Coach


On March 7, 2017, the 2nd and 3rd grade students at West Fannin Elementary participated in a forensic exercise that highlighted their STEM program. Second graders were asked to solve clues to earn pieces of “Spud”, AKA Mr. Potato Head, and piece him back together following a horrible mishap. The clues included activities in math, science and engineering including robots. Third grade used STEMWORKS, a forensic website, to learn how to analyze handwriting samples and to observe differences in various crime scenes. Students and teachers alike had a wonderful time despite the weather.


STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) is an approach to teaching which integrates all disciplines and helps the students learn to be life-long problem-solvers.


2nd-3rd STEM 18 – 2nd graders Isaac Watkins (green) and Cayson Mitchell working to solve clue #6 which was using legos, fill in the rectangle without going over any of the edges.

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2nd-3rd STEM 6 – for 3rd grade Nathan, Caden, and Misty Strickland took part in the genetics lab where they had to analyze their fingerprint compared to the mystery print.

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Thank you,


Shannon Cioffi

Parent Liaison

West Fannin Elementary



The Fannin County School System does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, religion, creed, or disability in admission to its programs, services, and activities, in access to them, in treatment of individuals, or in any aspect of their operations. For additional information or referral to the appropriate system coordinator, contact the system superintendent’s office at 2290 East First Street, Blue Ridge, Georgia 30513 or 706-632-3771.   ­­


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