ArcelorMittal USA offering local schools STEM grants

Club members and ArcelorMittal volunteer Tyler Botbyl, process manager-annealing, finishing department, ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor, designs mini bows and arrows at the Valparaiso club’s first STEM Expo. The steelmaker is giving local schools STEM grants.


ArcelorMittal USA is offering grants to local schools to further science, technology, engineering and math or STEM education.

The steelmaker has pledged up to $275,000 to schools to teach the Project Lead The Way curriculum at local elementary, middle and high schools. It hopes to interest K-12 students in future careers in engineering.

“Over the last three years, ArcelorMittal has invested over $1 million to support the implementation of the groundbreaking PLTW curriculum into local schools," ArcelorMittal USA CEO John Brett said. "We are committed to ensuring that tomorrow’s leaders have access to quality STEM programming from an early age. That is why we are proud to expand our grantmaking to include the PLTW Launch program this year, providing access to STEM curriculum to students in Kindergarten through to 12th grade. This is important not only for the future of our company, but of our communities as well."

Through Dec. 15, teachers in Lake, Porter or LaPorte Counties can apply for grants from $5,000 to $35,000, or up to $5,000 to expand existing middle school programs. The money can go to classroom equipment, materials, teacher professional development, and annual participation fees.

“ArcelorMittal is a true partner in our efforts to ensure that students have the career learning experiences needed to thrive in our rapidly evolving world,” PLTW senior vice president and chief partnerships officer Rex Bolinger said. “Through their support of PLTW programs at the elementary school, middle school and high school level, more students across America will have the in-demand knowledge and transportable skills to become our country’s future innovators, creators and problem solvers. We are proud to work alongside ArcelorMittal in this effort.”

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Joseph S. Pete is a Lisagor Award-winning business reporter who covers steel, industry, unions, the ports, retail, banking and more. The Indiana University grad has been with The Times since 2013 and blogs about craft beer, culture and the military.