Kirkwood Regional Center

Kirkwood Regional Center
In fall 2015, the 100,000-square-foot Kirkwood Regional Center at the University of Iowa will open in the UI Research Park, the result of a unique collaboration involving Kirkwood Community College, the University of Iowa, and school districts in and around Iowa City.

In addition to housing a variety of Kirkwood programs, the center will include a dedicated STEM floor used by the University of Iowa and the Governor’s Southeast Regional STEM Hub.

The UI’s involvement with the center presents unique opportunities for collaboration, mentoring, research, career preparation, and the development of innovative teaching/learning ecosystems and career pathways across the STEM disciplines for K-12, community college, and university students and educators.

  • It will be the only Kirkwood regional center paired with a university.
  • A world-class research institution with Iowa’s only college of medicine, the UI can provide students with rich opportunities to learn from and work with researchers using cutting-edge tools and systems like the National Advanced Driving Simulator, located next door to the center.
  • The uniquely collaborative environment will allow educators to design and implement innovative courses in a wide variety of disciplines, including STEM and STEAM; Iowa businesses to identify potential interns and future employees; and students to accelerate their academic and professional careers while saving money.
  • The center will present rich opportunities to enhance the development of pre-service STEM educators through the University of Iowa College of Education.
  • Alongside the Iowa Governor’s Southeast Regional STEM Hub, which will be co-housed in the facility, the center will be positioned to more effectively promote and support careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields, enriching the experience for students pursuing technical jobs as well as for those who choose to pursue advanced degrees and research.
  • The center’s unique approach to combining learning and experience and helping students succeed from “cradle to career” promise to make it a national model for STEM education in the 21st century.

For more information about the University of Iowa’s role in the center, contact Mark McDermott in the UI College of Education at 319-335-5591, or

For more information about programming at the center, visit the Kirkwood site at or contact Regional Center Director Jon Weih at


Center for the Advancement of Laboratory Science

Center for Advancement of Laboratory Science
The newly opened Center for the Advancement of Laboratory Science at the State Hygienic Lab will open doors of opportunity for students and teachers in Iowa and beyond.

The center is the only facility of its kind in Iowa — and one of few in the nation — that combines a functioning laboratory and a conference center for educators, students and other members of the community. It features classroom space, training laboratories equipped with biosafety cabinets and a conference room that can seat up to 150 people or be divided into two rooms. All rooms have extensive audio-visual technology, including video conferencing to allow people gathered in the conference room or via an externally connected site to observe and question scientists about laboratory testing and experiments.

For additional information about the center, contact Richard Bonar at or 319-335-4099.