Community / STEM Watch

Greater St. Louis Area

A recent donation to Defining Excellence: the Campaign for Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is putting the institution $1M closer to reaching their fundraising goal of $50M for a new 21st Century Center for STEM Research, Education and Outreach. The learning center will be part of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville East St. Louis Charter High School, a college and career-focused school of choice in School District 189. The University’s major gifts campaign has already raised $27M toward its STEM initiative. The STEM Learning Center, set to open this fall, will be used as a learning facility for both students and teachers in the Greater St. Louis and the surrounding areas. It will offer resources and enrichment programs in science and mathematics to develop, strengthen and promote STEM research, education and outreach in the community. The state-of-the-art facility is intended to model a “high technology STEM classroom,” and provide students and teachers with the latest in technology, equipment and other learning tools. The center is intended to expose both high school and university students to a wider range of STEM disciplines. SIUE attracts students from all over the country and positions itself as a smaller, more personal university with access to the expert faculty, a cutting edge curriculum, myriad resources and innovative technology,