Dow and U-M Target STEM Education

Partners will open an interdisciplinary innovation hub to promote STEM education.

The University of Michigan (U-M) in Ann Arbor, Dow Chemical Company, and Delta College, a community college located in University Center, Michigan, have partnered to open an interdisciplinary innovation and education hub to promote science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education throughout the Great Lakes Bay Region. Dow has pledged US$2 million through its Dow Corning Foundation to construct a new lab and training facility on the Delta College campus in Midland, Michigan. The partners plan to break ground on the new facility, which will have the capacity to serve 700 students, in the fall of 2019.

Dow and U-M’s Business Engagement Center have partnered to create the Andrew N. Liveris Innovation Institute, named for Dow’s retired CEO. To be located on the first floor of Delta’s new facility, the Liveris Innovation Institute will provide an immersive learning environment, where instructors can expose students to topics such as advanced manufacturing, sustainable innovation, and global citizenship. Dow has pledged an additional $1.5 million over three years to support the institute’s staffing and programming.

As part of the institute, Dow and U-M also will create the Dow Innovation Fellows program for Midland area teachers and high school students. U-M’s Center for Education Design, Evaluation, and Research will provide Innovation Fellows access to expertise on education topics such as instructional and curricular design, as well as professional support for research-based teaching and learning. Dow will share its expertise in manufacturing and sustainability.

Dow Innovation Fellows builds upon the Dow Sustainability Fellows Program, which Dow and U-M established to prepare future leaders to make a positive difference in organizations.