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ArcelorMittal awards $150,000 ESTEM grant to promote environmental learning

Written by Chronicle Staff. Posted in Community News, People in the News

Published on May 24, 2017 with No Comments

Supporting the integration of environmental education into STEM learning for students in Northwest Indiana, ArcelorMittal recently awarded the Northwest Indiana Environmental Education Partnership a $150,000 grant. This funding will allow continued engagement of approximately 3,500 students and 134 teachers from schools in the communities of Gary, Hammond, Hobart, Michigan City, Portage, Westville, Chesterton, Crown Point, and Valparaiso during the 2017‐18 school year.

The impacts of the grant-funded programs can be seen and enjoyed by many at Discovery Charter School, where students in Amanda Renslow’s seventh-grade science class exercised problem solving, leadership, and democratic decision making skills in the construction of a Nature Play Area. The area is bordered by a restored native plant community, and features recreational stations planned and built by students.

“We are delighted to work with the Northwest Indiana Environmental Education Partnership to support and encourage hands‐on learning that helps students better understand how STEM can be applied to everyday life, and how they can use it to create real change in their communities,” said John Brett, president and CEO, ArcelorMittal USA. “This partnership has helped us further our goal of inspiring the leaders of tomorrow to keep growing as students as well as active, thoughtful citizens who will work to protect the environment.”

With the continued support of ArcelorMittal, Dunes Learning Center, along with partners Shirley Heinze Land Trust, The Field Museum, and Taltree Arboretum & Gardens, strives to cultivate the next generation of conservation leaders, problem‐solvers, and critical thinkers. Offering a continuum of hands‐on, STEM‐based environmental education curriculum that supports elementary through high school teachers, the partners bring lessons taught in the classroom to life in the natural areas and communities where students live.

“Environmental Education Week shines a national spotlight on the importance of engaging young people in environmental education and stewardship.” Geof Benson, executive director of Dunes Learning Center, added. “Our natural environment is a ready‐made classroom for teaching STEM.”

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