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Published: Fri Apr 23, 2010

The Millard Oakley STEM Center located in Ray Morris Hall at Tennessee Tech University is kicking off its inaugural summer of cutting-edge workshops available to teachers and students throughout the region.

After the Oakley STEM Center’s grand opening on Friday, May 7, the center will be open for business in June with a full month of professional development opportunities for teachers and a range of Exploration workshops for middle and high school students.

This state-of-the-art teaching and learning environment, located in the heart of the Upper Cumberland, offers both teachers and students exciting hands-on workshops with high-level instruction from professionals in the field. Participants have access to extensive STEM education resources in a facility that is unmatched in the region.

Teachers, pre-service through 12th grade in all subject areas, are invited to select from a variety of unique professional development opportunities, including the NASA Rocketry workshop, Hands-on Geometry, Science and Engineering Fair for Teachers, Laboratory Safety, just to name a few. Registration closes May 1 for the teacher professional development in June.

For students who will be in the fifth – 12th grades in the fall, the STEM Center has an impressive roster of workshop options, including Deep Space Terraformers (robotics), Autopsy a Shark!, The Chemistry of Flavors and Fragrances, The Longest Day of the Year, and more.

The STEM Center is now taking registering students for these fun and unique workshop experiences. Visit the website at for more information.

“I’m thrilled with the wide variety of workshops the STEM Center is offering for teachers and middle and high school students this summer,” said Sally Pardue, director of the Millard Oakley STEM Center.

“Our vision of providing access to innovative and exciting teaching and learning experiences in STEM subjects to the Upper Cumberland region is being realized with the first summer of programming in the new facility,” she continued.

The 26,000-square-foot facility includes four learning studios focused on biology and chemistry; Earth/space sciences, physics and engineering; mathematics; and early childhood experiences equipped with the latest technologies. The STEM Center also has a large laboratory prep room, a virtual theatre, a 240-seat auditorium, an outdoor learning studio, multipurpose lobby area with food service, offices and project areas.

In the fall, the STEM Center will be introducing its EXPEDITION programs for regional school groups and other innovative programming for teachers, students and the community.

For more information about the Millard Oakley STEM Center and its programs visit or call 931.372.6573.