Reno, Nev. – The Nevada Mining Association (NVMA) and Nevada Division of Minerals will host the 30th annual Mineral Education Workshop for Northern Nevada teachers at Bishop Manogue High School on Tuesday, July 15 and Wednesday, July 16.
School is still in session for Northern Nevada educators who choose to spend two days participating in NVMA’s annual Mineral Education Workshop. Designed with a focus on interactive lessons that enhance participants’ understanding of earth sciences, educators will learn the importance of mined materials and the influential role that mining plays in the everyday lives of Nevadans. The workshop is open to teachers of all grades, and attendees can receive one credit.
“The main focus of these sessions is to demonstrate to educators the significant role that mining plays in our everyday lives,” said Tim Crowley, president of the Nevada Mining Association.
Throughout the workshop, teachers will participate alongside their colleagues in a mixture of activities centered on the understanding and background of mining. The sessions are guided by educators and instructors with first-hand experience in mining and mineral-related fields, providing real value to attending educators. By the end of the workshop, teachers will be able to incorporate and develop engaging and interactive mining-based lesson plans that apply not only to earth sciences, but to language arts and social sciences as well.
“Not only does the workshop help to provide the teachers with a more thorough understanding of mining itself, we are able to show them fun and engaging ways to incorporate mining into their respective lesson plans, ” said Rich Perry, director of the Nevada Division of Minerals.
The workshop’s first day will focus primarily on interactive classroom activities and the importance of mining safety. The individual sessions are designed to be hands-on to allow educators to develop and adjust lesson plans for their specific grade levels. The first day offers a variety of sessions to allow the teachers the opportunity to create their own schedules. Some of the sessions offered during the workshop include Crystal Gardens and Stepping Stones, Edible Geology, Rock On: Language Arts, Paste with a Taste, Birdseed Mining, Geology Sleuth, Playdoh Fault, Exploring Your Watershed and more.
The workshop’s second day will feature guest speakers and presentations followed by tours. The educators’ first tour will be at Cashman Equipment Fluid Analysis Lab and McClelland Chemical Assay Laboratory. Next, the groups participate in Geo- and Eco-Mapping around the Desert Research Institute. Finishing the tour portion of the workshop, educators will analyze and explore diatoms at EP Minerals. Prior to the field trips, the workshop will also hold raffle-style prize drawing for the opportunity to return to the classroom with such items as a digital microscope or a real gold splatter.
The workshop will offer an optional bonus day on Thursday, July 17, which includes a tour of the Marigold Gold Mine. The tour will offer educators the opportunity to visit a live mine site and witness mining in action.
Registration can be completed online at: http://www.amiando.com/NorthMinWS.html. The workshop is free to attend and breakfast, lunch, dinner, beverages, snacks, safety equipment and travel arrangements will all be provided, courtesy of NVMA and Nevada Division of Minerals. Tour attendees should be prepared for a moderate amount of walking and should wear shoes that completely cover their feet, 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 sustaining the industry. The Nevada Mining Association’s objective is to maintain a business and operating environment that fosters exploration, development and production of minerals in Nevada using safe and environmentally conscious methods. For more information, visit www.nevadamining.org.
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