The Nevada Mining Association (NVMA) and Nevada Division of Minerals will host an earth science workshop for southern Nevada teachers from Tuesday, April 3 to Thursday, April 5 at Faith Lutheran High School.
The workshop is open to Nevada teachers of all grades, and attendees can receive one PDE credit for their participation. The three-day program is designed to educate teachers about the earth sciences, the importance of mined materials and the role that mining plays in the lives of Nevadans.
“Mining has been a part of Nevada’s history since our state’s founding, and many elements of our industry’s daily operations, such as math, science and geology, are dependent of the fundamental education skills developed in K through 12 classrooms,” said Tim Crowley, president of the Nevada Mining Association. “This is our 23rd year hosting the educational workshop in southern Nevada, and each year the attendees express how beneficial the lessons are to their teaching efforts.”
The event is divided into various sessions based on mining and mineral related topics and grade levels in order to maximize the amount of applicable material teachers can learn and share with their colleagues. Throughout the event, educators will be encouraged to discuss their knowledge of earth sciences, language arts and social sciences with one another, develop lesson plans for their respective grade levels and deepen their understanding of the vital role minerals play in today’s society.
Registration can be completed online here. There is a $1 registration fee, which covers breakfast, lunch, snacks and beverages provided throughout the workshop. All attendees will also receive a tote bag containing the following items: flash drive with preloaded classroom activities, videos, a periodic table of elements poster, and other classroom quality posters. Failure to attend the workshop without prior cancelation will result in $25 no-show fee.
Day one of the workshop on April 3 will focus primarily on hands-on classroom activities. Session topics include an introduction to rocks, crystals and minerals, mine safety, Nevada’s natural resources, operational chemistry and ore processing, introduction to mapping and geocaching and more.
The workshop’s second day on April 4 will feature group presentations and allow teachers to go on a field trip of their choice. There are three field trip options for teachers. Option one includes visits to the Frehner and Bardon aggregate mines, Cashman Equipment and the McCaw School of Mines. Option two includes visits to the Lhoist Mine and Valley of Fire State Park. Option three includes visits to Las Vegas Rock and Red Rock National Conservation Area.
The final day of the workshop on April 5 is an optional tour of Mercator Minerals Ltd., one of North America’s largest copper and molybdenum mines located near Kingman, Ariz. Advance registration is required to participate in this post workshop tour. Tour attendees should be prepared for a moderate amount of walking and should wear shoes that completely cover the foot, long pants and sleeved shirts.
About Nevada Mining Association
The Nevada Mining Association is comprised of operating mining companies, exploration companies, suppliers of industry equipment, goods and services, counselors and consultants and individuals interested in the well-being of the industry. The Association’s objective is to maintain a business and operating environment that will encourage exploration for the development and production of minerals in Nevada using safe and environmentally conscious methods. For more information, log on to www.nevadamining.org or www.nvmineraleducation.org.
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