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thumb STEM_LD_Gentry-RobinsonThursday, June 21, is going to seem like a long day; find out why at the Longest Day of the Year workshop at Tennessee Tech’s Millard Oakley STEM Center.

This year, summer solstice, or the longest day of the year, will mean about 14 hours and 37 minutes of daylight in Cookeville. The sun will rise at 5:25 a.m. and set at 8:02 p.m.

The STEM Center’s Longest Day of the Year community workshop will run from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on June 21. The family-centered, educational open house will help visitors understand why there is a longest day and learn about the reasons for the seasons.

“Learning more about our Earth and sun and why they do what they do is an essential part of our future on this planet,” said Marc Robinson, graduate assistant at the STEM Center and workshop host and coordinator. “This is a great way to spend an educational and engaging evening with your kids. The activity stations will rotate every half hour, so families can come and go as their schedules allow.”

There will be a variety of activities at different learning stations. Families may tour the universe in the STEM Center’s Virtual Theater, with showings every half hour; experience NASA’s educational video “Journey to the Stars”; and use telescopes to view the night sky.

Reservations are required, but admission is free. Visit for details and online registration instructions. Parents or guardians must remain on-site with children during the workshops.

For more information about the STEM Center and its programs, contact Christina Hatley at (931) 372-6573 or

The STEM Center is located in Ray Morris Hall on the TTU campus at 155 W. 7th Street, at the corner of 7th Street and Stadium Drive.