Dow Foundation Awards $5 Million for STEM Education in Michigan

in Michigan has announced a $5 million grant from the to address the national demand for graduates trained in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

The grant will provide $1.25 million to launch and administer the first two years of the e-STEM: Enhancing STEM Education and Practice initiative and $3.75 million to establish an endowment for the initiative. Building on the school's PRISM project, which was funded by a National Science Foundation grant, the initiative aims to provide new opportunities for students and faculty at Alma College and K-12 schools in the state to collaborate and engage in real-world research and learning in academic STEM disciplines.

The program comprises four components, including the creation of the Dow Digital Science Center, a physical structure within Alma's existing Dow Science Center where collected data and remote sensing instrumentation will be housed; sponsorship of summer science camps that engage K-12 students with age-appropriate science experiences; support for K-12 Science Olympiad competitions; and opportunities to work with community, education, and industry leaders to develop STEM projects that address local and regional problems.

"Our mutual goal of increasing capacity in STEM disciplines through relevant, hands-on learning for K-12 and college students compelled our trustees to provide additional support to Alma College," said Dow Foundation president Macauley "Mike" Whiting, Jr. "Our grant will help them build upon their past success in delivering high-quality STEM programming."

"." Alma College Press Release 07/10/2014.