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).
February 13 Session: Real Life Application of Mathematical Concepts To Use In Your Classroom
Students often ask their math teachers a wonderful question, “Where am I going to use this stuff?” In this workshop, we hope to accouter the teachers with an answer to this precise question via multiple engineering/physics examples. While it is true that formulating and solving engineering problems often requires knowledge of college level math like calculus, vectors, and differential equations, we will not employ any of those concepts here, and instead, we will focus on the final solution of the problem which is usually an algebraic expression, or at most, a trigonometric expression. Specifically, we will look at the influence of each term in the solution to the physical situation addressed in the problem.
Presenter: Dr. Sam Narimetla
EXPEDITION Field Trips
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.
- About EXPEDITIONS
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 email@example.com 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.