Arizona Mining Educational Resources

Explore engaging mining educational resources tailored for Arizona teachers! Access interactive lessons, informative guides, and hands-on activities, empowering educators to inspire curiosity and foster learning about our great state’s rich mining heritage and mining’s contributions to our everyday lives.

Isn’t it fascinating how the minerals mined right here in Arizona quietly shape our daily lives and raise our standard of living? They’re like the unsung heroes behind the scenes! Think about it: minerals aren’t just rocks; they’re the FIRST ingredients that make our world go round. From the sleek smartphones we can’t put down to the sturdy buildings we live and work in, minerals are the building blocks of modern marvels. A mineral, like Copper, also powers our laptops, drives our cars, and even contributes to life-saving medical devices.

Let’s dive deeper into the fascinating world of minerals and uncover their endless possibilities for enriching our lives and fueling our economy.


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Arizona Mining Lesson Plans, Mine Tours and Mining Outreach for Teachers

Scholarships AvailableFor Trades, Community College & University

The benefit of pursuing a degree or certificate in the field of mining is that many students complete their studies with little or no debt due to the number of scholarships and grants available. Learn more about scholarship opportunities!

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UA School of Mining & Mineral ResourcesOUTREACH PROGRAMS FOR GRADES K-12

Everyone should have an opportunity to learn how we use minerals in our lives and where they come from, what modern mining really is and which professional opportunities it offers. The UA School of Mining & Mineral Resources outreach program provide resources and programming for K-12 and college-level groups to discover the exciting world of mineral resources.

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Dig Into Miningteacher & parent resources for grades 6-12

Dig Into Mining – The Story of Copper is an interactive educational program for students grades 6-12 that uncovers the use of metals such as copper in our everyday life, and provides students a deeper understanding of today’s hard rock mining industry. The initiative equips educators, students and families with dynamic resources – including a virtual field trip, interactive digital learning tools, and school-to-home connections – designed to give students a front row seat to nature’s geological wonders and inspire further exploration of the world around them.

To maximize your experience, click on the TEACHER RESOURCES tab and download the educator guide.

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ASARCO Mineral Discovery Center & Mine ToursArizona's only tour of an operating mine

Copper is at the source of our modern society. It’s a primary metal used in the hospitals where we were born, the electricity in our homes, the tools that farm our food, and the transportation that powers our next adventure. ASARCO invites you to take its free self-guided tour of the center’s indoor and outdoor exhibits, which walks through the copper transformation process. Then join the mine tour (paid) for a firsthand look!

This is Arizona’s only public tour of an operating mine and one of few in the country! Just another fact Arizonans can be proud of.

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Minerals Education Coalitiongrades k-12 Education

The Minerals Education Coalition is the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration Foundation’s designated program to develop and deliver accurate and timely K-12 education materials and activities and conduct public awareness outreach about mining and minerals.

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