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On Thursday, November 4 and Friday, November 5, 2010, educators from all over Indiana participated in the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Division of Reclamation’s annual Minerals Education Workshop. Thursday was held on the campus of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, IN. Participants worked in small groups, with hands-on classroom activities to learn the importance of minerals and mining, Indiana coal, energy and much more. Classes included identification of rocks and minerals, birdseed mining, chocolate chip mining, exploring and mapping coal seams using Play-Doh, making toothpaste, and a tour of the walk-through Illinois DNR Rock & Mineral Box. Friday consisted of surface mining tours. Attendees saw the reclamation and mining methods they learned about on the previous day actually being used.
Each teacher attending the entire two days took home a CD full of lesson plans plus a “tote of classroom tools” including rock and mineral identification kits, posters, videos, and much more!! The workshop was provided free of charge, and attendees who requested them, received Continuing Renewal Units toward renewing of qualifying Indiana teaching licenses.
Plans are being made for the 2011 workshop. Please check back later for date and location.