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CareerMine
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So now you're thinking about a career in mining, but which career path in mining is right for you? There are more than 120 occupations in the mining industry! Here are 12 detailed career path summaries, complete with brief job descriptions and compensation ranges, to help you narrow your options...

University of Pittsburgh (UPitt)
Resource Type: Career Information

Examples of Earth science careers, pathway guidance

Women in Mining (WIM) Education Foundation Activities, Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

To allow students to produce a "marketable" product made from minerals that are used by most people every day. Both the abrasive and cleansing compounds found in toothpaste, calcium carbonate and sodium bicarbonate, are minerals. Students make their own toothpastes with different colors and...

Grade Level: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Women in Mining (WIM) Education Foundation, Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Mining is a complex process in which valuable or useful materials are removed from large masses of rock. In this activity, students use birdseed and colored beads to mine for "precious metals" and "gold." At th end of the activity, students can count up their winnings. The students gain...

Grade Level: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Women in Mining (WIM) Education Foundation Activities, Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

The purpose of this activity is to give the player an introduction to the economics of mining. Each player buys "property," purchases the "mining equipment," pays for the "mining operation," and finally pays for the "reclamation." In return, the player receives money for the "ore mined." The...

Grade Level: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Core samples are small portions of a formation taken from an existing well and used for geologic analysis. The sample is analyzed to determine porosity, permeability, fluid content, geologic age, and probable productivity of oil from the site. Drilling is the only way to be sure that oil and gas...

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Indiana Geological Survey (IGS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

In this activity, teachers or students will use IndianaMap to create geographic information systems (GIS) maps to demonstrate the distribution of coal mines within the state of Indiana. Step-by-step directions and tutorial videos will provide students with the necessary resources to create the...

Grade Level: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Tags: coal, mining, maps
American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Coal is an organic sedimentary rock that is formed by the compaction and hardening of plant remains. Because coal is mostly composed of carbon, it is a rock that burns in air. The heat that is released by burning coal is used as the primary source of energy for the generation of electricity....

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
National Energy Education Development Project (NEED), Earth Science Week (ESW),American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Earth scientists play a vital role in harvesting the energy resources on which we all rely. When preparing to drill for oil, for example, geoscientists must assess many aspects of a rock stratum (layer). For example, they must figure out the volume of the rock’s pores, or empty spaces, as...

Grade Level: 7, 8, 9, 10
Chabot Space & Science Center, Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

"Thar's gold in them thar classrooms!" History meets Earth science in the fun, hands-on activity below. Students pan for gold and other minerals, experiencing what early settlers of the Western US went through. Some gold deposits, or lodes, are found in veins of fractured rock. After millions of...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
United States Geological Survey (USGS), Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Link to a PDF for an activity: Hands-on experiment to test for acid mine damage

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

What factors affect how easily a fluid can move through sediments? How is this flow rate connected to oil production? Many people think that oil lies in big pools below Earth’s surface. Oil actually is located in the pores within rocks (called “source rocks”). When the pores are connected, oil...

Grade Level: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This teacher's guide defines what a mineral deposit is and how a mineral deposit is identified and measured, how the mineral resources are extracted, and how the mining site is reclaimed; how minerals and mineral resources are processed; and how we use mineral resources in our every day lives....

Grade Level: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Minerals Education Coalition (MEC)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

The Minerals Education Coalition's (MEC) mission is to identify, produce and disseminate fact-based K-12 minerals education lessons and activities. MEC creates K-12 original educational lessons, activities, videos, and other supplemental materials, and features mineral and mining resources...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Discovery Education and Freeport McMoran
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Dig Into Mining - The Story of Copper is an interactive educational program for students grades 6-8 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...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8
The Science Spot
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

The Science Spot is just that - a spot for science! Browse through the Science Classroom, filled with activities and lessons for junior high science teachers and students. Choose from a variety of topics including: general science, astronomy, chemistry, earth science, forensic science, and...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8
Caterpillar (Cat)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Caterpillar is pleased to offer 75 professionally developed lesson plans, appropriate for ages 11-13, 13-15, and 15-18, available in English and Spanish as downloadable PDFs. Each lesson plan provides learning objectives compatible with mining education curriculums around the world. Topics...

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Consortium for Ocean Leadership, Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This activity gives your students a glimpse at the difficulty of seafloor surveying, as well as the challenges the JOIDES Resolution faces during each expedition. Your students also will learn about latitude and longitude and plotting coordinates.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4
Minerals Education Coalition (MEC), Mining Matters
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Travel to the world of Mighty Miner (MM for short)! Through this 20 page activity book, MM will be your guide exploring types of mines, mining processes and structures, and the miners and geologists who bring important minerals to all of us. This coloring book is from Mining Matters (Canada)...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Cold River Mining Corporation
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Welcome to Kids Love Rocks, a rock and mineral website for kids. This educational site is a resource for young rock and mineral collectors, teachers, and hobbyists. Learn about rocks, minerals, and everything related to the earth.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Earth Learning Idea (ELI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Where does offshore oil come from? Students are asked to highlight the misconceptions they may have about where offshore oil is found -- as a basis for discussion to address these conceptions.

Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
2018, Minerals Education Coalition (MEC), Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration (SME), Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Common things we use every day, like roads, sidewalks, schools, hospitals, and homes -- to name a few -- are made up of rocks and minerals. As a resource, they are called mineral reserves and include materials like sand, gravel, limestone, granite, and other aggregate and construction materials...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
2018, Jeff Desjardins, Visual Capitalist
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

This infographic details the future of gold exploration, from finding outcrops to techniques and technology used.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

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Brooks Coal Mine, Colorado, circa 1905
Classroom Activities
National Park Service (NPS), Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)

In this activity, students will explore their creativity and critical thinking while they imagine a cave environment and create an organism that lives in their cave. Their cave will be one of the types mentioned in the preceding pages, but their organisms will be of their own imagination.

Cave in Carlsbad Caverns
Classroom Activities
National Park Service (NPS), Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)

Caves form through a variety of natural processes depending on their local geology and climate. Flowing lava, melting ice, dissolving rock, and crashing waves are the major processes that form these wondrous environments. In this activity, students will observe a model of how the most common...

Cacti in the Sonoran Desert
Classroom Activities
Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)

In this activity, students study natural features of Mesa Verde and make conclusions about how early inhabitants settled there.

Mauna Ulu on the east rift of Kilauea. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Classroom Activities
Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)

Traditional geologic maps — sometimes crisscrossed with lines, blotted with colors, and marked with strike and dip symbols — have been used to depict the geologic makeup of the Earth for many years. New technologies such as satellite-enabled remote sensing are allowing geoscientists to create...

Topaz Sample
Classroom Activities
Association of American State Geologists (AASG), Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)

With this activity from the Association of American State Geologists, students can use local geologic maps to research types of rock in their area.

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