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thumb_Dr.JaneBaker_preschoolers_smTTU’s Jane Baker works with preschoolers in the Millard Oakley STEM Center’s Early Childhood Learning Studio.Launch your child's future with the amazing hands-on experiences offered by Tennessee Tech University's Millard Oakley STEM Center.

The STEM Center invites children in grades PreK-3 and their families to attend STEM Safari Saturdays scheduled for Oct. 23 and Nov. 6 from 9 a.m. to noon.

Young learners will experience hands-on, minds-on, engaging activities in basic science and mathematics.

Spooky Geometry / Sat., Oct. 23

Ever been frightened by a rhombus? Or startled by a cylinder? Geometry can be found in a spider's web or the wings of a bat. Join us for silly fun as we discover, identify, build, and extend geometric concepts in fun fall activities.

Tell-Tale Wildlife / Sat., Nov. 6

How does a rabbit run? What sound does a squirrel make? How long is a bear's stride? What patterns can we hear in bird songs? Many animals leave behind revealing signs that help us understand who they are, what they eat, and how they behave. Join us as we investigate the clues animals leave behind.

"STEM Safari Saturdays are fun for the whole family, but they also serve as valuable field experiences for undergraduate and graduate students studying early childhood education," explained TTU's Jane Baker, assistant professor of early childhood education. "TTU students plan, prepare and present engaging, hands-on math and science activities around a theme for families. As early childhood educators, we know that children's first teachers are their families and that learning can take place outside of the classroom."

STEM Safaris are flexible experiences, families may come and go as their schedule allows. However, an adult family member must remain with children throughout the event.

These unique workshops are free, but reservations are requested. If you plan to attend, please call 931-372-6573 or e-mail Christina Hatley,

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