$10 million STEM institute coming to Midland

MSU CREATE for STEM Institute logo

MSU CREATE for STEM Institute logo

A new 10-million dollar science, technology, engineering and math institute is coming to Midland.

The facility will be funded by Michigan State University, Dow Chemical Company, The Herber H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation, the Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation, and the Charles J. Strosacker foundations.

Joseph Krajcik is the Director of the CREATE for STEM program at MSU. He said the facility will host classes for teachers trying to stay at the top of their game

“This is gonna be a source for teachers K-12 to come in and get advanced preparation in Science, Mathematics, and Technology. In STEM education this is going to be vital. Particularly with the adoption of the new standards, so that teachers can learn what they’re all about as well as participate in the design of new materials and what might happen in the classroom.”

Krajcik said we’re in a time where education is evolving, and STEM centers like this can make sure teachers don’t fall behind.

However, the facility isn’t only for teachers. It will house classes for K-12 and undergraduate students as well.

Krajcik said the center will give Mid-Michigan students tools and preparation they normally can’t get in school.

“So it’s almost like a shared resources type of thing right? We’re talking about highschool kids, and you might wanna introduce them to some advanced technology, instrumentation. Every highschool can’t have it, but having these local STEM centers that have these resources that kids can go in and share, that’s like a really good advantage.”

Krajcik said Michigan needs to rethink how it prepares students, and this facility is a step in the right direction.

“Michigan sort of has to, in many respects, rethink about what is their focus. Certainly STEM education in our nation is really critical. We’re not necessarily preparing students in our K-12 or in our undergraduate education, to really be ready for the workforce, or preparing them for other studies.”

No time frame has been decided yet for when work on the center to begin.