Dow Digital Science Center

The Dow Digital Science Center provides highly advanced research opportunities with state-of-the-art data collection and analysis.

The Dow Digital Science Center is funded by The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation as part of an e-STEM initiative geared to promote STEM education and address the national demand for more graduates trained in STEM-related fields.

Current Projects

  • A focal tree with sensors that enable users to capture data relevant to temperature, light changes and biological processes.
  • A time-lapse camera focused on a turtle basking log. Users will be able to plot data relevant to turtle basking behavior, such as the number of turtles and their movements correlated with temperature and cloud cover.
  • An environmental water buoy system with sensors in the Forest Hill pond captures pH, CO2, light levels and other data relevant to water quality and chemistry.
  • A satellite transmitter attached to a snowy owl to monitor the bird’s movement and analyze patterns in relation to feeding.

The DDSC provides space for Alma College students and faculty to analyze the environmental data. Large 80-inch monitors in the Dow Science Center lobby provide a consistent visual data feed from Forest Hill Nature Center and other remote sensor projects, including wildlife cameras from national zoos and other locations.

For the Love of Science

Because we believe the betterment of STEM education relies on collaboration, the center offers exciting opportunities for everyone. The real-time data collected from the sensors is uploaded to the DDSC and made available to science teachers in local schools from which they can develop lesson plans. We also offer STEM-focused science campsfor all ages to increase interest among younger students.


David Clark
(989) 463-7058