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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

competitions.


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.


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