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The University of Kentucky College of Education is celebrating 100 years in its history as a college and the Department of STEM Education is marking the occasion by offering a free screening of the film “Gravity,” (PG-13) at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12 at the Lyric Theater. 

Following the screening, STEM Education professors will lead a discussion about the accuracy of the scientific details of the film. Registration is open now. Free popcorn, drinks, and snacks will be provided. 

The film screening is part of a year-long series of events commemorating the impact and innovations made in the decades since the College of Education was established in 1923. 

During the past 100 years, the College of Education has built upon its beginnings in teacher preparation to now offer more than 90 degrees and programs. As has been common in colleges of education across the U.S. during the past several decades, existing degree programs, faculty expertise, facilities, and equipment have been built upon through the years to meet the evolving needs of society in sport, health, and education. For instance, programs that initially focused on training physical education teachers have grown to include areas outside teacher certification, such as sport leadership, kinesiology, exercise science, sport psychology, and health promotion. 

Although the college was formally established in 1923, its roots go as far back as 1880. During that period, individuals seeking to become among the most highly qualified teachers of their time came to what the Kentucky General Assembly established as a Normal School for the training of teachers. This college history was detailed during the university’s sesquicentennial celebration in 2015. To read a full timeline of the college’s history, visit