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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Industry Partners

Resources For students


The overriding goal of WIM is to educate both the members and the public about the mining industries. WIM’s stated objectives are:

  • To educate members of the technical and other aspects of the mineral resource and related industries through informative and educational programs.
  • To institute and promote such educational, scientific, legislative and other programs as will foster public awareness of the economic and technical interrelationship of mineral production with the national economy and the public good.
  • To preserve the heritage, and maintain the history of mining and mining people.
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Western Museum Of Mining & IndustryFIELD TRIP

Experience history brought to life like never before! Nestled along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains in scenic Colorado Springs, you’ll find the award-winning Western Museum of Mining and Industry (WMMI), a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to the collection, preservation, and educational interpretation of America’s western mining heritage.

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Gold Miner’s HeadquartersEducational Resources

Various information about gold mining, including a list of gold mining locations and events.

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National Coal Mining Museum For EnglandEducational Resources

The National Coal Mining Museum for England keeps the stories of coal mining alive by creating enjoyable and inspiring ways to learn for people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities and by collecting and preserving the industry’s rich heritage.

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Minerals Education Coalitionk-12 Educational Resources

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.

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Coal EducationEducational Materials

This site is dedicated to the men and women in the coal industry who provide heat, light, and power to our nation.  Their efforts sustain our world every day.

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All About Mining: 21st Century Mining for K-12 EducatorsLesson Plans

This course provides a detailed overview of America’s modern mining industry, answering important questions such as:

  • What does the mining industry do and how does it impact the environment?
  • How does the mining industry function?
  • Why is mining important to American society?
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Asarco Mineral Discovery CenterField Trip

The Asarco Mineral Discovery Center communicates the vital importance of the mining industry in our civilization, educate students and teachers in the earth sciences, and preserve part of the mining history of Arizona, and the Western United States. The Asarco Mineral Discovery Center offers mine tours, school programs, and free exhibits to carry out this vision.

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Junior Achievement of ArizonaCLASS ACTIVITY

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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The Arizona SciTech FestivalEvent

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

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STEM Learning Ecosystems is a global Community of Practice which allows communities around the world to share resources, discuss outcomes, and learn from one another’s experiences in encouraging STEM learning in their regions.

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

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The Minerals Education Coalition (MEC)Resources and activities for grades k-12

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.

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The Lowell Institute for Mineral ResourcesOUTREACH PROGRAMS FOR GRADES 7-12

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
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Educational Resourcesresources for all grades levels

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

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Dig Into Mining – The Story of Copperresource for grades 6-8

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.

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