School Programs - Teachers

WHERE Challenge

Encourage your students to step up and take the Challenge! Now in its 7th year this national contest asks students ages 9 to 14 years to discover the answers to these questions: What on Earth is in your stuff and WHERE on Earth does it come from? They can enter as individuals, in a group, or on behalf of the school and could win regional and national prizes.

2016 WHERE Challenge judges panel registration is now open!

Teachers, demonstrate your commitment to minerals education by joining the 2016-2017 WHERE Challenge judges panel. Active and/or retired teachers, CGEN members, as well as educators working in Earth science outreach are welcome. Volunteering as a judge requires just a few hours, but the experience lasts a lifetime. Registration will open in the  beginning of September 2016. 

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Welcome to the Mining Matters  Teacher's page. In this section you will find various opportunities for both you and your students. One of the goals of Mining Matters is to provide teachers with curriculum-linked classroom resources and professional development training to effectively teach curriculum related  to mineral resources, exploration, mining and Earth science.

Browse are our site to see some of the opportunities in your area. Still can't find what your looking for? Contact us and we would be more than happy to assist you!

Professional Development

Looking for Earth science learning opportunities that bring Earth science alive for your students? Mining Matters offers teacher workshops and partners with industry and educational organizations to offer other possibilities.
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Teacher's Mining Tour

The Canadian Ecology Centre is once again hosting three Teacher's Mining Tours this summer! Open to anyone in the education field.

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Save the Date! Teacher's Day 2017 at the PDAC Convention

Tenth Annual Teacher's Day

Sunday, March 5, 2017
9:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, Ontario

The world renowned PDAC Convention offers teachers a unique opportunity to network with industry professionals from all over the world.  Here you will learn about Canada’s mineral wealth and mineral exploration industries. Tour the outstanding exhibits on the trade show floor. See the technologies used in resource exploration, career opportunities and the industry’s social responsibilities to the environment and communities.

This year's theme, "Mining our Businesswas a great success and the education team is looking forward to doing it all again next March!  Here's what some of our teachers had to say about the experience:

"Thanks for another excellent Mining Matters Teachers Day at PDAC!" - S. Warburton, Teacher

"I just wanted to take the time to thank you for the amazing day at PDAC yesterday.  The "Mining Matters" program is outstanding..." - J. Doucet, Teacher

Be sure to save the date, Sunday March 5, 2017! Early bird registration will open in mid-November 2017. 


Mining Matters Teacher's Day program is generously sponsored by IBK Capital Corporation.

Field Trip Opportunities

Field trips provide a way for teachers to approach knowledge in a completely new way and for kids to have fun while learning! With this idea in mind, each September at the start of the school year Mining Matters provides a Field Trip Subsidy to teachers who have completed an in-service workshop and use a Mining Matters resource kits in their classroom. The subsidies, of up to $500 each, help offset the cost of transportation and entrance fees to stone, sand and gravel, mining, and geoscience venues. Applications are considered on a first come first-served basis.  
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Mining Matters thanks Canadian Securities Exchange, our 2015-2016 school year Field Trip Subsidy Sponsor, for their generous support in making these educational experiences available. The 2016-2017 school year Field Trip Subsidies, sponsored by Canadian Securities Exchange, will be available soon. 

Earth science Resource Kits

If you’re looking for relevant, accurate Earth science resources for your classroom, you’ve come to the right place. Since 1994, Mining Matters has reached more than 550,000 teachers and students through resources that promote the importance of rocks, metals, minerals, mining, and Canada’s geology. These resource kits are available to teachers who have completed a pre-requisite professional development workshop.
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Education Resources

From print materials to audio-visual resources, you’ll find lots here to connect rocks, metals, minerals, and mining to your Earth science curriculum.
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External Geoscience Links

A comprehensive list of links to mining related web sites.