MSU opening $10M STEM education center in Midland
MIDLAND, Mich. — Creating more opportunities to motivate teachers, encourage students and empower young people to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math is the inspiration behind the new Michigan State University STEM Center for the Great Lakes Bay Region.
The collaboration has been made possible with support from The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation, the Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation, the Charles J. Strosacker Foundation and The Dow Chemical Company Foundation. Together these foundations are working with MSU to invest $10 million into the MSU STEM Center, which will be located at the former Michigan Molecular Institute in Midland.
“We are proud to strengthen our already significant collaborations with MSU, which consistently ranks high in the nation for its educational programming,” said Andrew N. Liveris, Dow chairman and CEO. “By enabling our youth to become STEM problem solvers, we are investing in the shared future of our company, our community and even our planet.”
The center’s curriculum will be targeted at K-12 learners. It also will include select MSU courses for college students as well as innovative teacher enrichment programs in collaboration with MSU’s College of Education. Students, teachers and administrators from Great Lakes Bay Region school districts, including Midland Public Schools, will be engaged in programming and implementation.
A variety of concepts are under consideration as part of the overall STEM program offerings. They include a Dow scientist-in-residence program that offers learners access to Dow science professionals; laboratories equipped with global communication technology to enable connectivity around the world; and state-of-the-art STEM programming. Initial programming is expected to be launched in May 2016.
Source: MSU press release