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The Millard Oakley STEM Center at Tennessee Tech University has been alive with activity since the doors first opened last May. Located in Ray Morris Hall, the STEM Center focuses on the teaching and learning of science, technology, engineering and mathematics from preschool-age children to college students to classroom teachers.

Rounding out the busy fall semester, the Oakley STEM Center will host the Sally Ride Science Educator's Institute: Explore Our Moon on Saturday, Dec. 11, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. This national-level professional development institute is geared for 5th through 10th grade teachers.

Sally Ride Science Educator Institutes offer an innovative approach to professional development with hands-on workshops, activities, and information that teachers can take back to the classroom. The institutes provide teachers a fun and engaging way to increase their knowledge and earn professional development credit.

Dr. Sally Ride, best known as America's first woman in space, founded Sally Ride Science in 2001 to create quality programs and products that educate, entertain, engage and inspire.

"It is a great honor to be selected as a host site for a Sally Ride Institute," said Sally Pardue, director of the Millard Oakley STEM Center. "We are thrilled to offer this extraordinary professional development opportunity to the teachers of our region. Hosting this Institute is a wonderful example of Tennessee Tech's commitment to ensuring exceptional educational experiences are available to teachers."

The all-day workshop provides up to six hours of professional development credit. The fee is $25 and includes breakfast, lunch, and teacher materials. Each school is different, so check with your school for details regarding their PD plan.

Teachers are invited to contact Christina Hatley at the Millard Oakley STEM Center for more information about this exciting opportunity, 931-372-6573 or visit Registration, however, is conducted through the Sally Ride Science organization at

The Millard Oakley STEM Center is located at 155 West 7th St., corner of 7th and Stadium Drive on the TTU campus in Cookeville.