STEM Center Named

There is an old saying, “Words have meaning, names have power.”  On November 11, 2020, the Hemlock Board of Education passed a resolution to name the Hemlock Area STEM Center the Lockwood STEM Center with a sunset of 2040. With that action, the Board of Education provided honor and recognition to Tom and Dana Lockwood, who spearheaded the project. 

As with anything else in 2020, our board meeting, and the lighting of the sign, lacked the sense of proper fanfare that would have occurred prior to the pandemic.

Superintendent Don Killingbeck said, “It has been a privilege to watch this project unfold, and watch the hard work of the Lockwood’s from the concept to the completion of this project.”

As we navigate the COVID-19 restrictions and protocols, we continue to work toward a proper grand opening and hosting events for area students.

The Lockwood STEM Center sits on the northwestern corner of the high school building located at 733 N. Hemlock Road. The facility is a statement of the district’s commitment to educating students for their future. A future that needs students to work in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). 

 STEM Center Features: 

  • Nearly 6,000 Square feet 
  • Tool and Design Area
  • Pit Areas for Merrill, St. Charles, Freeland, Swan Valley, and Hemlock teams
  • FIRST Robotics proper competition field 
  • Observation balcony and meeting space
  • HVAC and in-floor heating
  • Additional storage space 

This project would not have been possible without the incredible support of our sponsors and donors. Hemlock Semiconductor, The Rollin Gerstacker Foundation, Pumford Construction, Saginaw Control and Engineering, Dupont, and many others that have made this project possible.

Tom Lockwood said, “Dana and I are honored by this gesture and the tremendous support for our students and community.”

For more information about this or other positive happenings, contact Hemlock Public School District at (989) 642-5282 or visit us on the web at