Arizona Mining Association

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Most people don’t realize how their daily lives and standard of living are impacted by the minerals mined right here in Arizona. Minerals play an important role in enhancing our quality of life, boosting the economy and so much more.

Every day, people use minerals in numerous ways, which helps support various industries that bring these products to market and that keep our citizens healthy and our economy competitive. Items such as cell phones, laptops, cars, buildings, lifesaving medical devices and equipment used in national defense systems – all come from minerals.

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Resources for Students
Dig Into Mining - The Story of Copper is an interactive educational program for students in 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. 

Educational Resources are available from the Nevada Mining Association. Dozens of science activities are available for all grade levels. 

The Lowell Institute for Mineral Resources at the University of Arizona offers free educational outreach programs for students in grades 7-12. Available programs include: 

  • Arizona Mining: What, Where, How and Why?
  • Chemistry and Mining
  • Rocks and Minerals: What do you do with them?
  • Environmental Impacts of Mining
  • History of Mining in Arizona

The Minerals Education Coalition (MEC) 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.  

The National Energy Foundation offers a variety of educational materials for students on Mining and Minerals

The Arizona STEM Network provides resources for teachers of science, technology, engineering and math as well as opportunities for business partners to connect with schools. 

The Arizona SciTech Festival hosts over 1,000 science and technlogy oriented events statewide each February and March. 

Junior Achievement of Arizona educates and inspires young people to value free enterprise and understand business and economics through programs that combine an in class curriculum with a field trip to a "JA Biz Town" which includes a mining exhibit. 

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