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.

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

Jobs of Tomorrow Videos

Now in its second season, the SME video series, Jobs of Tomorrow, shares the many reasons that 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.

Be sure to also go to the Jobs of Tomorrow Activity Unit to learn about important engineering, environmental and tech jobs in this 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.

SEASON 1

Episode 1
The Elements of Clean Energy – Full Episode (21:13)
The Elements of Clean Energy – Microlearning (2:50)

Episode 2
Community Relations: What’s Mine is Yours – Full Episode (23:39)
Community Relations:  What’s Mine is Yours – Microlearning (1:52)

Episode 3
Mining Data for Mining Innovations – Full Episode (20:38)
Mining Data for Mining Innovations – Microlearning (3:46)

Episode 4
Make Mine ESG – Full Episode (22:17)
Make Mine ESG – Microlearning (2:55)

Episode 5
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)

Episode 6
Urban Mining: Core to the Future – Full Episode (21:10)
Urban Mining: Core to the Future – Microlearning (3:46)

SEASON 2

Episode 1
An Explosive Career in Mining – AUDIO (23:46)
An Explosive Career in Mining – Full Episode (23:46)
An Explosive Career in Mining – Microlearning (2:52)

Episode 2
Reclaiming Your future – AUDIO (23:43)
Reclaiming Your Future – Full Episode (23:43)
Reclaiming Your Future – Microlearning (2:31)

Episode 3
Boring Deeper Into Tunnels – AUDIO (23:25)
Boring Deeper Into Tunnels – Full Episode (23:25)
Boring Deeper Into Tunnels – Microlearning (2:48)

Episode 4
Unearthing Tailings: The Hidden Story of Mining Residues – AUDIO (22:17)
Unearthing Tailings: The Hidden Story of Mining Residues – Full Episode (22:17)
Unearthing Tailings: The Hidden Story of Mining Residues – Microlearning (3:01)

The Rock Cycle

The Geological Society of London’s Online interactive resource The Rock Cycle, with the Rock Cycle Animation, shows how surface and deep Earth processes produce the rocks we stand on and use to build our homes.  Also find a glossary, demonstrations/experiments and extensive background information about the rock cycle.

Rio Tinto Kennecott Utah Copper Virtual Tour

Take a virtual tour behind-the-scenes of Rio Tinto’s Kennecott Bingham Canyon Mine in Utah. The mine is the largest excavation on Earth and over its history has produced more copper than any other mine. The Kennecott Bingham Canyon Mine also produces gold, silver and molybdenum. Visit the mine, concentrator, smelter, refinery and other facilities through captioned narration, 360° images, and videos.

Learn about environment and sustainability efforts that include the “cleanest smelter in the world,” reusing 80% of their water, and creating the 3000 acre shorebird preserve, LEED buildings and a sustainable community. Content is aimed at grades 6-12, though all ages will enjoy the Virtual Tour.

Note: The tour requires sign-in with name and email.  The virtual tour works best with the latest version of modern browsers Firefox, Explorer and Chrome.

From Ore To More Video

This fun 6-minute video from Rio Tinto’s Kennecott Utah Copper tells the story of copper from start to finish, through the mining, processing and end uses of copper, complete with great mathematical analogies for the scale of giant sizes and weights.

Content aimed at grades 4-8, though all ages will enjoy the video. [5:59]

Phosphate Mining Middle School and High School Video

Phosphate is an important mineral because it contains phosphorus, a key nutrient for adenosine triphosphate (ATP) in plants, in addition to humans and animals. This 6 1/2-minute video by Nutrients for Life shows the process of mining phosphate rock and processing it for use in fertilizer for crops.

The largest phosphate deposits in North America lie in the Bone Valley Region of central Florida. Georgia, Idaho, North Carolina, Montana, Tennessee, Wyoming, South Carolina and Utah also have significant phosphate deposits.

Grades 6-12

Phosphate Mining Elementary Video

Phosphate is an important mineral because it contains phosphorus (P), a key nutrient for plant growth, in addition to human and animal health. This 6-minute video by Nutrients for Life shows the process of mining phosphate rock and processing it for use in fertilizer for crops.

The largest phosphate deposits in North America lie in the Bone Valley Region of central Florida. Georgia, Idaho, North Carolina, Montana, Tennessee, Wyoming, South Carolina and Utah also have significant phosphate deposits. [6:15]

Potash Mining Video

Potash is a common name for salts that contain potassium. Potassium (K) is an important element in human and animal health, and a major nutrient for plant growth and crop yield. This 5-minute video from Nutrients for Life discusses the process of creating usable potash for fertilizer through two different mining techniques for extracting and processing potash ore. [5:16]