2017 ANNUAL REPORT – CMA Education Foundation
September 1, 2017
Dear Supporters and Friends of All About Mining:
I would like to thank all our supporters for their assistance, whether it be providing financial support, hosting field trips or providing “live” lecturers at our In-Class portion of the course on the CSM campus. I would like also to specifically thank our partners, at the Colorado School of Mines for continuing to support All About Mining in its’ digital version. Without CSM’s support, this course would not be able to continue. Thank you to each and everyone of you for your continuing support!
2017 has been a very good year for CMAEF’s digital version of All About Mining! This past June we conducted our third In-Class and Field Trip session following the participants’ completion of the 48 digital lessons found on our website www.allaboutmining.org. This year’s In-Class-Field Trip session had eleven K-12 participates, two of who traveled from out-of-state. We also have two individuals who completed the digital version but were unable to attend the In-Class-Field Trip segment and will take the in class/field portion of the course in 2018.
Our 2017 In-Class session consisted of two days of ‘On Campus’ activities on the Colorado School of Mines campus in late June 2017. These two days were a mix of refresher lectures of the digital sessions, introducing new items such as where to find additional resources, laboratory demonstrations of metallurgical processes where the ‘students’ participated in the demonstrations, and visits to sites such as the CSM Geology Museum, CSM’s Earth Mechanics Institute and Hazen Research Laboratory. The third day consisted of a field trip to the CSM Edgar Mine in Idaho Springs, where our teachers received their first opportunity to receive safety training and tour an underground facility. After their Edgar Mine training, they were given a geologic tour of the Dinosaur Ridge area, a short tour of the Chieftain Mine where clay is mined in a suburban setting, and to view a uranium roll-front near the intersections of E470 and Hwy 285.
Our field trip session consisted of on-site visits of the following mines and operations:
- Monday - Martin Marietta Quarry in Golden, then to the EVRAZ steel facility in Pueblo;
- Tuesday – Newmont’s open pit – heap leach Cripple Creek and Victor Mine at Victor and to the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum in Leadville;
- Wednesday – Freeport-McMoRan’s open pit Climax Mine and Mill near Leadville; and American Gypsum’s Quarry and Wallboard Plant at Gypsum;
- Thursday – The In-Situ operation and Mill at Natural Soda, then to the open-pit Trapper Mine and Tri-State Generation Plant near Craig
- Friday – Peabody’s Twenty Mile Mine underground coalmine.
This five-day field trip is the “capstone” of the All About Mining course. It is the critical point that shows them the applied to the theory they have learned. Every one of them finishes their course with an understanding of our modern mining industry and how it operates in an environmentally sensitive manner to provide our nation with the minerals on which its’ economy is based. Comments from the participants reflect this sentiment:
“This course exceeded my expectations and has been life changing. It will change how I teach. I feel very privileged to have been a part of this exciting opportunity” – KG 2017
We continue to improve our delivery and on line lectures. Recently the Colorado Mining Association sponsored a fundraising golf tournament for CMAEF, in order for us to begin the recording and replacement of lectures in the series. It is a necessity for the series to be updated annually and it is quite an expense.
Since we are always looking for ways to raise funds, the All About Mining became part of the Amazon Smile program that allows you, our supporters, to pick us as your “charity” and then anything you buy from Amazon.com (Amazonsmile.com), Amazon will donate a small percentage of your purchase to the AAM program. Please think about this as it is a VERY simple thing to do, it doesn’t cost you a thing and it can create some significant return to the AAM program.
The CMAEF Board and myself are always trying to get the word out about our program. Our new rack cards are placed in many locations and if you can think of any place we should have them, please contact me and let me know where I need to put them, or I can send some to you for placement.
As part of our outreach:
- AAM will attend the Colorado Science Conference in Denver this November, where there will be 500+ STEM teachers in attendance.
- I will be presenting at the Denver Mining Club and the Western Slope Ignite group this fall.
- A group called NEPRIS has been working with me on their goal of connecting mining industry professionals with the K through 12 classroom. NEPRIS does this by live streaming a presentation so the professional doesn’t have to leave their office. It is interactive and students are able to ask questions.
- We are a small part of a CSM grant application in minerals education that if awarded, will allow 2 to 3 more teachers to join the AAM class each year fully supported.
In closing, I want to restate what I said at the beginning of this report. The CMAEF Board of Directors and myself sincerely thank each of you for your past and continuing support of our unique All About Mining curriculum. Without your continuing financial and in-kind support our ongoing efforts to conduct and improve our digital version of All About Mining will not be possible.