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Millard Oakley STEM Center

Educator & School Programs

The center provides regional educators and schools with a range of resources from professional development workshops, field trips, our traveling interactive lab...the STEMmobile, and more!

Professional Development & Registration

  • Ready for TN Science: Professional Development Series

    About the Series

    The Oakley STEM Center has developed a series of professional development trainings to assist educators in navigating the transition to the new Tennessee Science Standards. Each session is anchored in the Conceptual Framework for K-12 Science Education.


  • Upper Cumberland Math Professional Learning Community

    About the PLC

    This PLC is designed to provide a series of professional development opportunities for educators seeking to implement technologies into their mathematics classrooms.

    These sessions provide Upper Cumberland mathematics teachers with the tools and community needed to use the technologies with confidence.

    We invite you to join the Upper Cumberland Math Professional Learning Community (PLC).


  • STEM in Motion STRIDE PD Workshop

    About the STEM in Motion STRIDE PD Workshop

    The Summer 2020 STEM in Motion workshop will focus on training 20 High School mathematics and/or science teachers to incorporate transportation-based learning objectives into their classroom lessons.

    During the workshop, the participating teachers will have virtual contact time with both STEM teaching experts and transportation engineers to provide a well-rounded learning experience.

    The participating teachers will work both individually and collaboratively through virtual modules and then develop their own standards-aligned lesson that can be taken back to their classrooms and shared on the Oakley STEM Center’s website
    for use by other educators.

    A $ 400 stipend will be provided to the participants upon completion of the workshop.

    Please refer to the registration form for additional details.

    Space will be limited to the first 20 teachers who register.




Our field trips provide an engaging lesson led by a member of the Oakley STEM team and assisted by the classroom educator. This format allows the classroom educator to facilitate the learning environment while the STEM team instructor leads the content of the Expedition.


    During the program students participate in multiple hands-on, minds-on, cross-curricular, standards-aligned activities, PLUS a Virtual Theater experience.

    Lesson experiences are designed based on the grade level of the students attending and may vary from year to year as new experiences are developed.

  • How can I reserve an EXPEDITION Field Trip?

    Please email Carlos Galindo at to coordinate details and arrange a date for your visit.

  • Minors On Campus Policy

    NOTE: Tech Policy No. 120 requires a 30-day advanced approval process requiring groups bringing minors on campus to secure local administrative permission using the following language to be included on your student permission slips:

    MINORS ON CAMPUS: Language for P-12 / Parents

    Tennessee Tech cares deeply about the safety and welfare of children while on its campus. As the event organizer or parent (as applicable), you are solely responsible for the supervision, oversight and protection of the participant(s) while on Tennessee Tech property.

  • Student Capacity

    Each activity can accommodate 25-30 students, led by one Oakley STEM Team member, and facilitated by one or more classroom teachers.

    Total capacity is 75-100 students, requiring three to four teachers, during one Expedition.

    Total capacity requests can only be accommodated when Tech is out of session during May, August, or December.

  • Teacher & STEM Team Leader Responsibilities


    COMPLETE Minors on Campus Form Letter and return to the STEM Center 30 days prior to Expedition date.

    ARRANGE bus transportation to and from the STEM Center for teachers and students.

    BRING a minimum of 1 teacher per 25 students.

    PROVIDE lunches and beverages for each student participant and yourself (if needed) or make arrangements to eat on campus.

    PROVIDE BEHAVIOR GUIDANCE for students while they are guests of the Oakley STEM Center.

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