Mined Minerals in My Day Coloring and Activity Book

The new Mined Minerals in My Day coloring and activity book is designed for children grades K-2 (ages 5-8). It provides a fun, hands-on way for young children to learn more about the importance of mined minerals in their daily lives. Children can color pages about mined minerals in their meal, home, and community. They can color a surface and an underground mine, and enjoy a word search, a word scramble, and more. QR codes lead to more K-2 activities and information in the MEC website. This is a fun opportunity for young students to observe mineral shapes, understand simple mining-related concepts, and explore the importance of mined minerals in all of our lives.

Saskatchewan Mining Association Education Outreach

This organization provides free lesson plans for elementary, middle and secondary teachers and students. In addition to searching the database of activities, helpful references, career profiles, video series and more are offered.  Topics include potash mining, uranium processing, gold and coal mining, and related chemistry. Some reference materials are available in French.

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.

Career Compass

Career Compass Infographics provides options, tips, suggestions, and strategies for how students can obtain critical skills, experiences, and competencies in order to launch their geoscience career.  Topics include Atmospheric Science, Data Science, Engineering Technician, Environmental Geologist, Geographic Information Science, Geological Engineer, Geophysics, Geoscience Faculty, Geoscience Policy, Hydrology, Hydrology Technician, Mining Engineer, Ocean Science, Planetary Science, Science Communications, and Science Writing. Each Career Compass is constructed using data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, interviews with personnel in the occupation, content experts, employers, and research on available student opportunities.

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.

Minerals in My State

Minerals in My State (Grades 6-12)

Students will learn about mineral commodities mined or produced in their home state.
Students will consider the importance of minerals in their everyday lives, now and in the future, in relation to the availability of critical minerals.

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.