Spotlight on Cookeville Children's Museum Invention Convention - July 29th

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This week on WCTE’s Get Ready To Learn show, host Cindy Putman is joined by three very special co-hosts from the Cookeville Children’s Museum: Amanda Carlen, managing director; Casey Overstreet, event chair (and mother of four), and Tiffany Anton, director of marketing. They shared more about a special event happening in Cookeville on July 29th - Invention Convention. 

Anton, a former high school math and robotics teacher is a self-proclaimed STEM nerd of the group.

These ladies have boundless energy and excitement as they discuss their vision for the Cookeville Children’s Museum and the upcoming Invention Convention, at which WCTE Ready To Learn will have a booth.

The ladies joined Putman on this week’s radio show to extend an invitation to all families across the Upper Cumberland to attend the free Invention Convention on July 29th.

WCTE hopes you will join in the fun!

What: The 1st ever Invention Convention - A community event, hosted by Cookeville Children's Museum, which includes Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) activities and demos!

WCTE’s Ready To Learn Booth will feature activities to help kids explore the design process.

The event is free and will be a great INDOOR activity for parents, caregivers, and kids of all ages.

Where: The event will take place at The Fit on Tennessee Tech’s campus.

When: Saturday, July 29th from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

There is also a soft opening at 9 a.m. for families of children with special needs. This is an opportunity for Special Needs Families to enjoy an hour of time where the noise and activity level will be on a lesser scale. This portion of the event is very important to Casey, who along with husband T.J. has a son who has Down syndrome. The Overstreets realize how important it is to provide a calm environment for families with special needs.

Said the ladies from the CCM: “We could not be more excited to give this community a great event. We are thankful to all our sponsors and especially ChickFil-A in Cookeville who believed in our vision for this event from the start! They will be supplying box lunches for folks to purchase the day of the event and all proceeds go back to the Cookeville Children’s Museum.

They also wanted to give a shoutout to Select Designs for outfitting their #GeekSquad from the Invention Convention. Because of the shirts, you will be able to easily spot them to ask questions about the event or the museum.

In its tenth year, the CCM is located at 36 W 2nd Street down the street from the historic Cookeville Depot. Cookeville Children’s Museum is a hands-on discovery museum for children ages one to 10.

Daily admission prices are $4.00 per person. You can stay all day and even leave for lunch and return as part of your daily admission. Babies under one are free. They accept cash, checks, and charge cards (MC, Visa, Discover).

The museum hours are 9:00-5:00, Monday through Saturday and the museum is closed on Sunday.

If you have a business or organization and are interested in sponsoring an exhibit at the museum, call Amanda at (931) 979-7529.

Engage with the Cookeville Children’s Museum on Facebook by visiting Visit online at and email them at

Please help us spread the word about this great FREE family event and check out PBS PArents for information about the importance of encouraging your daughter (or son) in STEM activities:

Why is STEM education so important?

  • It helps improve career opportunities for a growing number of better jobs plus affords higher than average salaries

  • Because it explores the question of how things work, it can help with understanding the world around you, which contributes to helping young people cooperate, communicate, problem solve and apply creativity.

  • It can improve skills for daily living because it requires critical thinking

  • It improves science literacy, which gives students a sense of empowerment to make a difference in their communities and the world


Tune in each Saturday morning at 9:30 for the WCTE Get Ready To Learn Radio Show, with host Cindy Putman on Zimmer Broadcasting's The HUB 107.7 FM and 1400 AM. 

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