Tenaris invests $250,000 CAD in School Board STEAM Lab in Sault Ste. Marie, Canada

29 June 2024

To ensure that students continue to participate in environments that foster learning in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics, Tenaris has made a $250,000 CAD investment toward the Huron-Superior Catholic District School Board’s  STEAM Lab.

The STEAM Lab, housed at the Holy Angels Learning Centre, is a unique space that offers students of different grade levels the opportunity to explore career options in STEAM education. It provides hands-on experiences, where students can explore the interconnections between science and technology.

“We are advocates of education and in particular, in building awareness and exposure to learnings that integrate the STEM areas to strengthen critical thinking and encourage innovation and creativity,” said Martín Castro, Tenaris President in Canada.

The investment from Tenaris will be directed towards equipment, materials and infrastructure updates. These include painting the building's exterior, installing a ramp to enhance accessibility, and hiring an additional support staff for a full school year.

“We are overwhelmed with gratitude for the significant support we have received from Tenaris,” said HSCDSB Director of Education, Danny Viotto. “This substantial donation will not only enable us to continue offering our students dynamic, science-related experiences but also significantly enhance their real-world connection as it pertains to STEAM. We are so fortunate to have such a remarkable community partner to help us build upon this vision.”

“These funds will allow us to invest in newer technologies and provide 21st-century learning opportunities for our students and ensure we have additional staff support for the lab,” said STEAM Lead Teacher, Lorenzo DiCerbo. “Currently, we see roughly 1,400 to 1,500 students throughout the school year, and with the investment from Tenaris, we can expand the offers and visits for our students.”

Over the last years, Tenaris’s community relations initiatives have focused on education as a means for personal and community growth, raising awareness, and introducing students and young professionals to skilled trades and STEAM-related fields through training, infrastructure, and scholarships.

Every year, Tenaris awards Roberto Rocca Scholarships — formerly known as Merit Awards — in Sault Ste. Marie to students at both the Algoma District School Board and the Huron-Superior Catholic District School Board, recognizing them for their academic performance.

Additionally, Tenaris supports other initiatives such as the VEX Robotics program at the Algoma District School Board, where students build robots to compete in an obstacle-style format at the regional level, with the opportunity to progress to the national competition.

Learn more about Tenaris's educational programs around the world.