Arizona Mining Educational Resources

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!

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 great state’s rich mining heritage and its contributions to our economy and society.

You aren’t alone in this journey. The Arizona Mining Association team and its members understand that mining can be a daunting, mysterious, and misunderstood industry. We are here for you! Simply click the button below and we will contact you to see how we can support you and your students.

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

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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Lowell Institute for Mineral Resources Outreach ProgramOUTREACH 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. Our outreach programs provide resources and programming for K-12 and college-level groups to discover the exciting world of mineral resources.

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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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Women in Mining has collected dozens of mining activities that teachers and parents can use in planning lessons. Some activities are information in nature and others are activity based. If you are looking for something specific, feel free to contact Women in Mining.

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