Mining Matters!

Kingsway Grade 4 students learn the ins and outs of mining

On Tuesday, November 26, Grade 4 students at Kingsway Park Public School will have the opportunity to learn about a growing regional industry – mining! Through the Mining Matters program, sponsored by North American Palladium, the students will learn about mining and minerals based on the Grade 4 rocks and minerals science unit.

“Through this partnership between Mining Matters and North American Palladium, the students will be able to get a greater understanding of what they are learning in the classroom as it relates to mining and minerals,” Says Darren Lentz, Principal of Kingsway Park Public School. “A practical hands-on exercise will allow the student to run their own mine to get a glimpse into the mining and minerals sector.”

The half-day session involves hands-on activities including mineral testing, the rock cycle, fossils, and mining, meeting a number of curriculum expectations. Using a chocolate chip cookie, students are challenged to run their own miniature mine from exploration, development, mining, all the way to reclamation, showing the costs and importance of each phase.
Mining Matters is a charitable organization dedicated to educating young people to develop knowledge and awareness of Earth sciences, the minerals industry, and their roles in society. The organization provides current information about rocks, minerals, metals, mining and the diverse career opportunities available in the minerals industry. Mining Matters offers exceptional educational resources that meet provincial curriculum expectations, created by educators and Earth science experts.