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Millard Oakley STEM Center

The Millard Oakley STEM Center is the product of years of planning, dreaming, and developing valuable partnerships with government and education agencies, business and industry fields, and with the regional community and beyond. Our focus is on enhancing, improving and impacting the way STEM subjects are taught, made accessible to students, and how those experiences are evaluated and studied.


The Oakley STEM Center supports innovative teaching and dynamic learning in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.


  • The Oakley STEM Center enriches Pre-Kindergarten to University students STEM learning with hands-on inquiry
  • Enhances the STEM preparation of new and practicing Pre-Kindergarten to University teachers
  • Models innovative instructional design and learning environments
  • Conducts rigorous STEM education research
  • Collaborates with industry and organizations to strengthen STEM education initiatives across the region, state, and nation

Core Values

  • STEM literacy is a key component of responsible citizenship.
  • STEM education is the shared responsibility of schools, industry, government, and the public.
  • Our collective embrace of STEM priorities guides future economic growth as a region, state and nation.
  • The STEM pipeline begins in early childhood.
  • All children, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, or learning style, can excel in STEM disciplines and can aspire to STEM careers.
  • Effective teaching at all levels utilizes hands-on, minds-on inquiry into the natural world.
  • Effective and innovative STEM teaching, preschool though university, should be recognized and shared.
  • A campus-wide STEM collaboration partnering with lead education agencies, industries, and community organizations fosters economic development in the Upper Cumberland region of Tennessee.
  • The Oakley STEM Center provides a regional presence for external agencies such as National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), and the Tennessee STEM Leadership Council.