21st Century
Mining for
K-12 Educators

In-Class component

The in-class component is a three-day session that takes place every summer on the campus of Colorado School of Mines (CMS) in Golden, Colo. Registration for this component is open only to those who have successfully completed the online component.
The first two days are a combination of classroom work and short field trips to places in close proximity to the CSM campus. On the third day, participants take field trips to Red Rocks Park and Dinosaur Park just southwest of Golden in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, and to the Edgar Experimental Mine near Idaho Springs, 20 miles west of Golden.
Following is a sample of the daily schedule for the in-class component:
Day 1
  • General review of geology – how minerals are formed in the earth 
  • General overview of exploration – how mineral deposits are located
  • Geology of our Dynamic Planet - with rock & mineral examples
  • Short field trip to CSM Geology Museum 
Day 2
  • Overview of surface and underground mining methods – how minerals are recovered from the earth
  • General overview of metallurgy, metals processing and renewable energy – how metals are recovered from the rock
  • Environmental protection and the business of mining
  • Short field trips to CSM’s Earth Mechanics Lab and to Hazen Research, Inc.
Day 3
  • Geology field trip to Red Rocks Park and Dinosaur Ridge
  • Field trip to Edgar Mine in Idaho Springs
  • Briefing on upcoming five-day field trip component
The In-Class and Field Trip portions of the course scheduled for Thursday, June 18 through June 26, 2020 have been cancelled due to the Covid19 outbreak.