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Gary Works LEAD ERG Begins Year-Long STEM Ed Partnership With Local School

Jun 25, 2023

Gary Works LEAD ERG Begins Year-Long STEM Ed Partnership With Local School

Volunteers from U. S. Steel’s Gary Works have gone back to school, volunteering to conduct STEM-oriented (science, technology, engineering and math) activities at Beveridge Elementary in Gary, Ind.  The effort is being organized by the plant’s LEAD (leveraging and Enhancing All Diversity) Employee Resource Group (ERG). 

Tom Ruffner, Manager – Engineering at Gary Works, teamed up with Angela Grayson, Beveridge’s Vice Principal, to develop two STEM programs for the 2021-22 school year.  The programs are:

  • A monthly reading program for kindergarten through third grade.
  • A teaching and projects program for students in third through fifth grade.  Five times per quarter, volunteers will instruct students in binary code, robotics programming, and other STEM-related subjects. 

Both efforts will culminate in a science fair in May 2022, during which the students will show off what they learned to family and friends.

Hard hat tip to all of our volunteers pictured above and everyone else signed up for future visits!


Pictured above

Photo 1: ShaKeia Reese – Safety & Industrial Hygiene Specialist

Photo 2 (clockwise from bottom left): Milcah Robinson, Brenda Morgan, MarQus Williams, Leonard Mathews, Tom Ruffner, Rodney Lewis, ShaKeia Reese, Sally Ecklund-Baker (not pictured)

Photo3: Leonard Mathews –Shift Manager, Operations

Photo 4: Brian Stage – Safety & Industrial Hygiene Specialist

Photo 5: MarQus Williams – Safety & Industrial Hygiene Specialist

Photo 6: Tom Ruffner – Manager, Engineering

Photo 7 (clockwise from bottom left): Donte Rayford, Tom Ruffner, Milcah Robinson, Leonard Mathews, Brian Stage

Photo 8: Milcah Robinson – Utility Technician, Finishing

Photo 9: Rodney Lewis - Iron Producing 

Photo 10: Sally Ecklund-Baker – Senior Manager, Operational Excellence

Photo 11: Donte Rayford – Process Control Engineer