Doe Run Partners with Northstar Battery to Support Science

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Storage battery provides 'show-and-tell' opportunity

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We are always looking for new ways to bring science to life for students

Thanks to Northstar Battery, Inc., a new component has been added to The Doe Run Company's Minerals Education program. Northstar, a Doe Run customer, has customized one of its storage batteries with a see-through plastic case to help students better understand how power is stored and placed on stand-by to provide emergency backup power.

"We are always looking for new ways to bring science to life for students," said Angie Nations, community relations specialist and 10-year Minerals Education team member at Doe Run. "I visited Northstar Battery in Springfield, Mo., to tour its plant and learn more about the products it produces with our lead. When I saw a storage battery encased in clear plastic on display, it was immediately apparent how invaluable it would be to have one to share with middle and high school science students."

Northstar Battery Plant Manager Tim Collins agreed with Nation's assessment and offered to have one built for Doe Run. According to Collins, it's important to educate students about battery manufacturing and the significant role that Missouri lead plays in the process.

"We have requests from teachers for class fieldtrips to our facility throughout the year, and we honor as many as we can. Partnering with Doe Run to support science educators was a perfect fit," he said. "Kids get excited when they realize how important galena, our Missouri state mineral and the main ore of lead, is to the entire world."

The battery is the focal point for a new Minerals Education program called MO-Power.

"After all, our Missouri lead is the power source for millions of automobiles and is the backup power source for a variety of needs when other power sources fail. I think that is something all Missourians should be proud of," Nations said.

Doe Run's Minerals Education program includes science, math and communications presentations accompanied by hands-on activities that support and reinforce Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) standards and grade-level expectations. Birdseed Mining, Paste with Taste, Show-Me the Minerals, Sedimentary Sandwiches and Chocolate Chip Cookie Mining are just a few of the hands-on activities customized by the Minerals Education team.

In June, Nations shared information about Doe Run's minerals education program with the 84 attendees at the annual National Minerals Education Conference in Columbus, Ohio. Her presentation also highlighted Doe Run's collaboration with the Missouri Minerals Education Foundation for its annual teachers' workshop.

Doe Run bases many of the Minerals Education activities on material provided by Women in Mining and the Minerals Information Institute. To request a classroom visit or for more information about Doe Run's Minerals Education program, e-mail mineralseducation @

About The Doe Run Company
Based in St. Louis, The Doe Run Company is a privately held natural resources company and the largest integrated lead producer in the Western Hemisphere. Dedicated to environmentally responsible mineral and metal production, Doe Run operates one of the world's largest, single-site lead recycling facilities, located in Boss, Mo. The Doe Run Company and its subsidiaries deliver products and services necessary to provide power, protection and convenience. Doe Run has operations in Missouri, Washington and Arizona. For more information, visit

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