Plans for Dow Science and Sustainability Education Center unveiled

Dow Chemical and SVSU announce partnership in announcing the Dow Science and Sustainability Education Center.

It's a year of celebration for SVSU as the university commemorates 50 years.

As they mark this milestone they're looking ahead to the next half-century by investing in Mid-Michigan's youth along with Midland-based Dow Chemical.

Dow Chemical president, Andrew Liveris, attended Friday's 50th Anniversary Economic Summit at SVSU.

"None of us has forgotten where we come from, who we serve and who we are," said Liveris.

He talked about the past and the future of the manufacturing industry stating that youth are the future.

"We have to get young kids to fall in love with that notion that science and chemistry is fun," said Liveris.

It's that notion that's launching the Dow Science and Sustainability Education Center at SVSU.

It is a collaborative effort to get young people interested in science, technology engineering and math.

"Actually have a lab on wheels with equipment moving around region going from school to school and building excitement for this," said SVSU president, Eric Gilbertson.

"Will be equipped with mobile science laboratory that'll enable students to explore among other areas Saginaw Bay Watershed and do real research first hand," said Liveris.

Officials said some SVSU students will be hired as interns to work in the mobile laboratory.

They plan to launch the project early next summer.