The Doe Run Company Supports STEM Education at Local Schools
Donations enhance curriculum and hands-on learning for Southeast Missouri students
$9,000 to support STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) curriculum at local school
districts. The support is part of the company’s ongoing commitment to strengthen educational
opportunities in Southeast Missouri and prepare area students for successful careers.
“The pandemic has changed the way schools are teaching this year, and we are thankful that
Doe Run’s donation will give us the opportunity to offer more technology to our students,” said
Kristi Moses, fifth grade teacher at Bunker R-III School District. “With these tools, we can
supplement classroom learning and will have the ability to teach students virtually, should we
need to move to online learning.”
Doe Run’s donation to Bunker R-III School District helped fund technology tools that enhance
existing math curriculum. Students can use interactive tools and online videos to learn how to
solve math problems, both when they are in school and at home.
The donation to Viburnum Middle School will fund the purchase of CUE robots to teach coding
skills, K’Nex bridge building kits, microscopes and other building materials that encourage active
learning through creative problem-solving. Doe Run also helped Viburnum High School
purchase two V5 competition starter kits from the VEX Robotics Company. Students in the
Robotics Club will construct the robots this year to participate in the upcoming VEX Robotics
At North Wood R-IV in Salem, Doe Run’s donation will fund STEM kits that enable middle
school students to build prototypes, perform experiments, and analyze and interpret data.
“With early exposure to STEM programs, students can learn skills that are critical in the fields of
engineering, mining, technology and more,” said Dianne Whitaker, human resources director at
Doe Run. “Providing extra opportunities to build STEM skills will help set kids on a path toward
good careers, thereby helping Missouri employers like Doe Run.”
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, STEM occupations are projected to grow by nearly
800,000 by 2029. Over the past year, Doe Run has donated $49,000 to support STEM
programs and scholarships for elementary through college-level students to strengthen
educational opportunities and prepare the future workforce.