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Rocks, Minerals and Mining in Today's Society

January 13, 2010

Illinois Teachers Workshop
Rocks, Minerals & Mining in Today’s Society
The Illinois Association of Aggregate Producers’ (IAAP) Illinois Teachers Workshop is a three-day event designed to inform Illinois educators about the importance of rocks, minerals, and mining in everyday life. This goal is accomplished by allowing teachers to tour active mining operations and by providing information, teaching materials and activities they can take back to their classrooms. The 2010 Workshop will be held July 19-21 at Chestnut Mountain Resort in Galena, Illinois.
A teacher registration form detailing workshop and graduate credit fees may be downloaded from the IAAP website at http://www.iaap-aggregates.org/workshop.htm.
The main focus of the workshop is Illinois geology, mining, land reclamation, and environmental issues. Misconceptions about the aggregates industry are also explored. Teachers will learn about, and actively participate in, various hands-on educational activities suitable for teaching earth science in the classroom. The information presented in workshop lectures is then brought to life during field trips to active Illinois mining operations and land reclamation sites.
Workshop participants receive CPDU credits and have the opportunity to obtain two graduate credit hours through Illinois State University. At the conclusion, each teacher receives a bag full of educational materials such as a mineral kit, fossil kit, videos, posters, lesson plans, learning activities, and other teaching aids provided by the IAAP and its members.
The IAAP will match each teacher with a producer member sponsor. The sponsor’s financial contribution provides for the facilities rental, educational materials and lodging accommodations for Monday and Tuesday nights of the workshop. Participating teachers are responsible for the registration fee, cost for graduate level credit if you so choose, and incidentals such as room service or telephone calls.
Don't miss this great opportunity to learn, have fun, and make valuable contacts with other teachers and individuals in the mining industry!