Regional STEM Network Center

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About STEM

The new Region 6 STEM Center in Alexandria will be hosted by Northwestern State University.

The Northwestern State University CENLA Campus serves the Central Louisiana Region and contributes to the overall education, development, and experiences of students by locally offering support services as well as courses through various delivery methods to include face-to- face, video conferencing, and online delivery, which contribute to the workforce needs of our employers and community.

The academic facility is located within the England Industrial Airpark in Alexandria which is easily accessible to major highways connecting the various parishes of Central Louisiana.

STEM Center Objectives

STEM is an approach to learning and development that integrates the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Through STEM, students develop key skills including problem solving. creativity. critical analysis

The STEM center will provide regional opportunities for PK-16 faculty and students and STEM partners to engage in activities that promote STEM culture and literacy, experiential learning, and prepare a STEM workforce for the future.

The STEM Center will support activities and experiences where faculty and students become immersed in challenging, problem-based learning experiences and engage in scientific inquiry.

The Region 6 STEM Center will build a collaborative, sustainable, infrastructure for STEM that fosters collaborative opportunities that inspire young people to be leaders in science, technology, engineering, and math and to think like scientists, inventors, and entrepreneurs.

Working Together to Promote STEM in Region 6

STEM Information

  • Goal: Collaborative Communication
  • Goal: Comprehensive Catalog
  • Goal: Be the Voice
  • Goal: Foster Involvement
  • Goal: Regional Workforce Gaps and Needs
  • Goal: Strategic Planning
  • Goal: Contribute to a Statewide Stem Expansion Process
  • Goal: New STEM Programs
  • Goal: Leverage Resources

According to the latest Census Bureau projections, minorities will account for 56% of the U.S. population by 2060.

  • largest growth is projected in the numbers of Hispanics, Asians, and persons of multiple races.
  • More innovations occur in diverse environments
  • Role modeling – What you see is what you want to be
  • Katherine Johnson – mathematician

Creating experiential summer learning opportunities

  • STEM Experiential Learning Foundation – mission is to improve K-12 education by creating inclusive partnerships between schools and host STEM organizations
  • Facilitating learning opportunities
  • Career awareness, innovation and equity in education

Destination Science Camp

LaACES Projects via LaSPACE

YouTube Series on Science

Public Outreach Seminars

Drone Technology Training

STEM Robotics Camps and Competitions

Engineering Technology Symposium


STEM Professional Development for Teachers

Demons Coding Club

Hour of Code

Demon Tech Clinic

Learn More!


Regional STEM Network Center – Region 6

Northwestern State University – CENLA
Jennifer DePriest, Director
1410 Neel Kearby Blvd.
Alexandria, LA 71303
Phone: 318-484-2184