A large amount of energy is required in processing aluminum ore (bauxite) to remove the other elements from the minerals in the bauxite to make pure aluminum metal. Students will conduct a related experiment and calculation activity.
Students will learn about the Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) used in mining, as well as innovations that make a safe industry even safer.
Use the Mining PPE information sheet with the Safe as a Mine Activity.
Learn about important engineering, environmental and tech jobs in this new unit. Watch the Jobs of Tomorrow video series and complete the related activities to understand how innovation is changing the jobs required to meet the growing demand for minerals.
Safe as a Mine (Grades 6-12)
Use this Mining PPE information sheet with the Safe as a Mine Activity above.
Minerals in My State (Grades 6-12)
Careers in mining and metallurgy offer the opportunity for travel, a good income, and the ability to make a difference in your local community and around the world. Learn more about these careers and conduct related hands-on activities.
These great activity books from MineralsEd have coloring pages, games and puzzles, and information about mining and minerals!
I am a Mining Engineer
This book of the MineralsEd Career Series addresses the operating phase of the Mine Development Cycle. Following the discovery of an ore deposit, our mining engineers are hired to figure out if the deposit can be mined safely and economically. Once the feasibility is established, the mining engineers design the mine site and oversee the construction. When construction is complete, their job is to monitor the operation and ensure everything is running smoothly. EN FR
I am an Exploration Geologist
This book of the MineralsEd Career Series addresses the mineral exploration phase of the Mine Development Cycle. Follow three exploration geologists as they head into the field to gather geological data in hopes of finding a valuable mineral deposit, and learn what an average day exploring in the field is like. EN SP FR Answer Key
I am an Environmental Scientist
This book of the MineralsEd Career Series addresses the environmental assessment phase of the Mine Development Cycle, and the ongoing work of environmental scientists throughout operation and after closure. Following the discovery of a mineral deposit, our environmental scientists head to the proposed mine site to assess the environment and plan ways to minimize the impacts of mining. While the mine is operating, they monitor the effects of mining on the environment. After the mine closes, the environmental scientists work to return the land to its previous condition.
Minerals in Your Home – Intermediate
We use things made from Earth’s mineral resources every day. Take a close look inside each room at home and discover all the products that come from mining, how essential mineral resources are to our everyday lives, and what you can do to conserve these non-renewable resources and minimize your environmental impact. Intermediate version best suited for Grade 4-7 reading levels. EN FR Answer Key
Minerals in Your Home – Primary
We use things made from Earth’s mineral resources every day. Take a close look inside each room at home and discover all the products that come from mining, how essential mineral resources are to our everyday lives, and what you can do to conserve these non-renewable resources and minimize your environmental impact. Primary version best suited for K-Grade 3 reading levels. EN FR Answer Key
A creative, rock-themed story written and illustrated by Grade 5 students at Sacred Heart School in Delta, BC. EN
Also see the Virtual Library, Digital Resources, and Mining 101.
The new SME series, Jobs of Tomorrow, shares the many reasons why mining should be the career of the future. Each episode features a different aspect of the mining and minerals industry along with the jobs that bring it together. Explore the exciting, high-tech, and surprisingly green world
of mining where the careers today are not what you expect.
The Elements of Clean Energy – Full Episode (21:13)
The Elements of Clean Energy – Microlearning (2:50)
Community Relations: What’s Mine is Yours – Full Episode (23:39)
Community Relations: What’s Mine is Yours – Microlearning (1:52)
Mining Data for Mining Innovations – Full Episode (20:38)
Mining Data for Mining Innovations – Microlearning (3:46)
Make Mine ESG – Full Episode (22:17)
Make Mine ESG – Microlearning (2:55)
Mining 2.0: Progress and Innovation in the Industry – Full Episode (20:51)
Mining 2.0: Progress and Innovation in the Industry – Microlearning (3:31)
Urban Mining: Core to the Future – Full Episode (21:10)
Urban Mining: Core to the Future – Microlearning (3:46)
The Education GeoSource database has thousands of free resources, from lessons to outreach and teacher professional development, for use in classrooms, scout programs, or at home.
Through discussion and an assignment requiring research and analytical thinking, students will gain an understanding of modern mining, society’s reliance on the industry, and some of the challenges faced by modern mining professionals. Students will also be exposed to examples of the many professional disciplines on which the industry relies.
The assignment in this lesson challenges students to consider factors affecting where new mines might be developed.
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How do we help society obtain the mineral resources it needs while keeping miners safe? Join Carolina as she introduces the career of geotechnical engineering.