NBMG’s Rachel Micander taught Nevada teachers at the NVMA Earth Science Teacher Workshop in Carson City, Nev. A wonderful opportunity to give educators the hands-on experiences and tools to help grow their students’ curiosity in minerals, geology, and mining. Big thank you to the Nevada Mining Association!
NEVADA APPEAL: Teachers dig into mine of information at Carson City workshop
Teachers Shaun Minor of Sutro Elementary School in Lyon County and Diana DiSalvio of Tony Alamo Elementary School in Clark County were busy trying to figure out the physical properties of popcorn salt and eyeshadow at their station Tuesday at Bethlehem Lutheran School. They went through each item referring to a colorful chart delineating qualities of hardness, color, streak, luster and fracture often determined by geologists or via laboratory equipment.
When Minor and DiSalvio go back to their classrooms in the fall, they want to be able to tell their students that the items they use in their daily lives are made up of so much more than they comprehend.
“Toothpaste comes from calcite,” DiSalvio said as an example. “We’re trying to decide (whether these things were) metallic, waxy, earthy. Kids would realize the things they have every day all over the place would come from things in the ground, not just that they go to the store and see them and that they’re non-renewable resources.”
On Tuesday and Wednesday, the Nevada Mining Association hosted its 36th annual Northern Nevada Mineral Education workshop in Carson City. The training assists the Silver State’s K-12 teachers develop lesson plans on mining and the mining industry for classroom use.