Electrowinning (EW)

Students conduct experiments to explore concepts in mineral processing engineering (also known as metallurgy), industrial process engineering, and chemical engineering to iteratively improve the design of an electrochemical copper refining process. An electric current is used to refine copper from the mineral malachite.

Iron Minerals on the Moon

Students will model the process of magnetic separation of minerals that metallurgists use to separate valuable iron minerals from the rest of the minerals in the ore, using common breakfast cereal.

Aluminum: Saving Energy to Make More

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.

Jobs of Tomorrow Activity Unit

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.

Aluminum: Saving Energy to Make More (Grades 9-12)

Minerals in My State (Grades 6-12)

Flying Drones in the Mining Industry video

MineralsEd Activity Books

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

Mineral Mania
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.

A World of Minerals in Your Mobile Device

This fact sheet from the U.S. Geological Survey shows ore minerals that are sources of mineral commodities used to make cell phones and a map of the countries that produce some of these minerals.

Mining Fact Sheet

This Mining Fact Sheet summarizes major mining and mineral processing tools and techniques and highlights critical metals.