Grand Challenge

Rural Reimagined Center Spotlight: The Oakley STEM Center & Educational Community Outreach

Students painting at STEM CenterRural Reimagined is proud to recognize the Oakley STEM Center, a partner whose mission and educational outreach in the community directly aligns with TN Tech’s Grand Challenge. Since the implementation of COVID-19 remote learning, the STEM Center has delivered weekly digital/printable STEM activities featuring a wide range of topics to ensure that students in our Upper Cumberland region continue learning, engaging, and experiencing STEM education.

Girl smiling after building STEM activityThe STEM Center has always succeeded in providing our rural communities with access to STEM education though their lending library, student field trips, the annual Science & Engineering Fair, the STEMobile, educator professional development workshops, and engaging community outreach events. Additionally, they continue to ensure that our regional community has an abundance of interactive programs and activities even during challenging times when face-to-face interactions are not possible.

Students building a bottle rocketThe STEM Center Director, Darek Potter states, “As a STEM infused university, it is essential that we continue to provide access to high quality learning experiences for students in our regional communities. We are excited about the current resources and programs that are being developed by our team each week to support students, teachers, and parents as they navigate the current challenges associated with distance learning. It is critical that we continue to be innovative and purposeful while meeting the needs of our surrounding rural communities.”

girl learning VRRural Reimagined’s mission is to harness science, technology, and innovation to transform rural living, and we couldn’t work towards that goal without partners like the Oakley STEM Center. Wings up, STEM Center!

Follow this link to learn more about the Oakley STEM Center.

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