The Doe Run Company Endorses STEM Education at Local Schools
12 Apr 2023
ST. LOUIS (April 12, 2023) – This spring, The Doe Run Company (Doe Run) has shown its dedication to furthering education in Southeast Missouri by donating $6,000 to support STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) curricula and activities in four local school districts. These contributions will expand access to potential career pathways for primary and secondary school students near Doe Run’s operations.
In the Bunker R-III School District, Doe Run’s donation is providing elementary students with the supplies necessary to build a STEM Club, as well as offering high schoolers more comprehensive STEM courses. The funds will allow the school district to create a 3D printing program and buy a go-cart kit for students to experiment with motors, speed and motion.
“Our STEM program helps students develop the critical thinking skills needed to excel in technical schools, college and the job market,” said Kristi Moses, fifth grade teacher at Bunker R-III School District. “Doe Run’s support enables us to expand our outreach and encourage more student interest in these important subjects.”
Doe Run presented Potosi R-III School District with funds to help them purchase additional VEX IQ robotics, giving more students the chance to learn the science and technology behind robotics. With more robotics equipment, students will be able to put their mathematics and computing skills to the test, improving their ability to think critically and create their own designs.
At Lincoln Intermediate School in Farmington, Doe Run’s contribution will help pupils build a compost pile and learn about the science of growing food, as well as hydroponic gardening.
Meanwhile, Iron County C-4 will use the donation to expand their 3D printer and robotics technology, teaching kids the basics of coding and providing hands-on activities. Their program has expanded from seventh- and eighth-grade students to now include sixth-grade students.
“STEM programs help equip students with critical skills for industries like engineering, technology and mining,” said Dianne Whitaker, human resources director at Doe Run. “This, in turn, creates promising career paths for Missouri’s future and assists Doe Run in meeting their employment goals.”
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, in 2021 there were nearly 10 million workers in STEM occupations, and this total is projected to grow by almost 11% by 2031 – over two times faster than the total for all occupations. Doe Run takes pride in providing scholarships and STEM programs to students of both elementary and high schools to equip the future generations with more chances to learn and to prepare them for their career paths.
About The Doe Run Company
Based in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, The Doe Run Company is a privately held natural resources company and a global provider of lead, copper and zinc concentrates. Dedicated to environmentally responsible mineral and metal production, Doe Run operates one of the world’s largest, single-site lead recycling centers, located in Boss, Missouri, and mines from one of the world’s largest lead mining districts, also in Missouri. The Doe Run Company and its subsidiaries deliver products and services necessary to provide power, protection and convenience. Doe Run has operations in Missouri, Washington and Arizona. For more information, visit www.doerun.com.
Photo caption: Nathan Woods (right), mine services manager at Doe Run, presents a check to Iron County C4’s Julie Ann Edgar, junior high math and STEM educator.
Photo caption: Adam Steimel, representing Doe Run, presents a STEM grant to Bunker R-III Schools. Left to right: student Jacqueline Brawley, Doe Run’s Adam Steimel, STEM teacher Kristi Moses and student Addisyn Grandstaff.
Photo caption: Jen Bourne and Jason England, representing Doe Run, present a STEM grant to Farmington Lincoln Intermediate School. Left to right: Doe Run’s Jen Bourne, STEM teachers Cary Helms and Cathy O’Sullivan, and Doe Run’s Jason England.
Photo caption: Matthew Turner, representing Doe Run, presents a STEM grant to Valley R-VI School District. Back row, left to right: Garrett Coleman, Carter Jones, Lorelei Furry, Hayden Todd, Hunter Northcutt and Ian Gaston. Front row, left to right: Haylee Pyatt, Logan Jackson, Walter Strother, Doe Run’s Matthew Turner, Valley R-VI Junior High/High School principal Jamie Warden, Hunter DeClue and Colten Hedrick.
Photo caption: April Main, representing Doe Run, presents a STEM grant to Potosi R-III John Evans Middle School. Back row, left to right: Doe Run’s April Main, Karli Miller, Alivia Bourbon, Adalyn Kirby and Mya Juliette. Third row, left to right: Sophia Murphy, Madison Neubrand, Jace Kingery and Beau Litton. Second row, left to right: Kadence Vance, Kaylee Parsons and Emmitt Maxwell. Front row, left to right: Chloe Lawson, Thomas Brueggen and Piper Weeks.
Photo caption: Dana Hale (left) and Randy Hanning (right), representing Doe Run, presents a STEM grant to Southern Reynolds County R-II Schools’ Krista Lee, a STEM educator.