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Published: Tue Jun 7, 2011

 

<thumb_M.Robinson_LongestDaySTEMMarc Robinson tests equipment for the upcoming Longest Day of the Year community workshop at TTU’s Millard Oakley STEM Center.Tennessee Tech University's Millard Oakley STEM Center invites you and your family to attend a special, once-a-year workshop, The Longest Day of the Year, on Tuesday, June 21, from 6 to 9 p.m.

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Marc Robinson will lead participants through the wonder and majesty of the night sky during the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year. Explore the mysteries of space, seasons, planets in the Virtual Theater, and more.

As the evening sky darkens guests will move outside to observe the stars using telescopes.

"The Summer Solstice is a wonderful opportunity to introduce people to the wonders of our planet, seasons, and the universe," said Robinson, graduate student programs assistant at the STEM Center and presenter of the Longest Day program. "This workshop will be a fun and exciting hands-on experience for families."

Robinson is a recent graduate of Tennessee Tech's computer science program. He is working toward his master's degree focusing on astronomical imaging techniques. Robinson is the son of Steve and Brenda Robinson (chairman of TTU's physics department and middle school science teacher, respectively). The family immigrated to the United States from England with their sons in 1990. Marc lives in Cookeville with his wife, Jessica, and son, John, with whom he hopes to share his passion for astronomy.

He also directs the popular and free Virtual Theater experiences offered by the STEM Center on Fridays, including To the Edge & Back: A Tour of the Universe and Wanderers of the Sky: Kepler & The Expoplanets.

Admission to the Longest Day of the Year, a community workshop, is free; however, due to limited space, please make reservations by using the STEM Center's online MarketPlace Store, www.tntech.edu/stem/events.

Contact Christina Hatley, 931-372-6573 or email chatley@tntech.edu with any questions.

The Millard Oakley STEM Center is located in Ray Morris Hall on the campus of Tennessee Tech at 155 W. 7th Street, the corner of 7th and Stadium Drive in Cookeville, Tenn.

For information about this event and other programs offered by the Millard Oakley STEM Center visit www.tntech.edu/stem.

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