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Steel in School: What it is Used For

It is back to school time for most of the country and that means school supplies, new classrooms, a new locker assignment, and the start of extracurricular activities. So, what does this have to do with steel? Well, lot’s actually!
Steel is used in a multitude of everyday objects, including school-related items.

School Supplies

While it is typically not used in a large quantity in school supplies, steel can still be found on quite a few items, including:

  • Notebooks
  • Pencil boxes
  • Around pencil erasers
  • Tape dispensers
  • Staplers
  • Teachers’ paper boxes
  • Water bottles

In the Classroom

Steel is also found throughout classrooms, whether it be a chemistry lab, biology classroom, or an English classroom. Places in a classroom you might find steel, include:

  • Desks
  • Chairs
  • The boarder around chalkboards, whiteboards, and bulletin boards
  • Window frames
  • Shelves
  • Lab equipment


Lockers are completely constructed of steel (besides the combination dial). However you decorate (or decorated back in the day) your locker, it is all enhancing the chipped or faded paint covering the steel.

Extracurricular Activities

Steel can also be found in some extracurricular activities. Whether it is in sporting equipment like a tennis racket, a basketball hoop, a soccer goal, or even the bleachers, or you participate in service organizations, academic teams or clubs, steel can be found just about anywhere you look.

So now that you have a backpack filled with school supplies and are about to set off to find those new classrooms, you’ll know that steel is a big part of everyday life, even in school.

To learn more about the types of steel Metalwest offers, contact your local sales representative.