STEMing it at Park City schools, thanks to Sibanye-Stillwater

Brooke Anderson
Thursday, January 30, 2020
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Gauthier helps students with a snap circuit as SIbayne-Stillwater’s Randy Weimer looks on.

As technology fields continue to grow, schools hope to give students the opportunity to become more familiar with the latest tools and necessary skills to work the modern world.

Thanks to financial and hands-on help from the Sibanye-Stillwater mining company and its Community Giving Program, the Park City school library has been fortunate enough to purchase a variety of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics) learning supplies.

School librarian Michelle Gauthier was eager to incorporate more STEM technology into the library and applied for a donation from the mine’s Community Giving Program. That application resulted in Gautheir being awarded $10,000 to use towards funding for STEM related materials.

Among the supplies already purchased are 3D printers and pens, Ipads, Cozmo Robots, OSMO games, a Snap Circuits light set, Think Fun building games and Lego Boost Robots, to name a few.

“These engaging tools have really added a new fun element to the library and also have sparked the curiosity of the students to return to the library and want to learn more,” said Gauthier.

And there was more than money that came with the grant.

In early January, Sibanye-Stillwater engineers John Marjerison and Randy Weimer paid a visit to some elementary students to demonstrate the use of the 3D printers and talk one-on-one with kids about other STEM-related topics. The school called this interaction “both a rewarding and exciting experience for all the students involved.”

Without the help of caring organizations like the Community Giving Program of Sibanye-Stillwater Mine, schools and students would miss out on important learning opportunities. Park City School is extremely grateful for receiving this donation and will enjoy using this fascinating technology for years to come, said Gauthier.