Safari Saturdays magnify science for young learners

thumb STEM_G.Rooney_and_I.MedleyThe Millard Oakley STEM Center at Tennessee Tech University invites families with young learners to this semester’s first STEM Safari Saturday, Oct. 27, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Magnificent Magnifiers!, for pre-K through third graders, is a family-centered event that explores how light bends, experiences in fluid magnification, examination of fingerprints, textures and more.

“The Safari Saturday programs are interactive and fun learning experiences that families can do together,” said Jane Baker, TTU early childhood education professor and Safari coordinator. “Engaging, hands-on introductions to scientific concepts provide young learners a much stronger base for more complex knowledge development.”

Reservations are required, but admission is free. The Safari is a flexible event, meaning attendees may come and go as needed. Older siblings are welcome. A parent or guardian must remain with the children at all times.

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The Oakley STEM Center offers a variety of programs in science, technology, engineering and math for learners of all ages. For more information, visit or contact Christina Hatley at (931) 372-6573.

The Oakley STEM Center is located in Ray Morris Hall on the campus of Tennessee Tech at 155 W. 7th Street, at the corner of 7th and Stadium Drive in Cookeville.