Dec '09/Jan '10

Mining in Society hits the road

By J. Dallaire

The Hewitt-Caterpillar simulator is a big hit with students.

As part of  CIM’s commitment to increasing public awareness of the importance of mining in everyday life, the Mining in Society show took to the road — first stop, Newfoundland. This past November, CIM, in conjunction with the CIM Newfoundland Branch and the Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Natural Resources, presented the first “mini” Mining in Society show at the Johnson GeoCentre in St. Johns, Newfoundland.

The interactive exhibits were both fun and educational: the Toromont-CAT simulator was a hit with young and old alike; panning for gold provided students with a flashback to the early days of exploration; and there were opportunities for handling rock and mineral samples. The PDAC Mining Matters pavilions provided numerous activities to pique the students’ interests — Mystery Mineral, Separation, Before and After, Products/Matching, and Pin Tail.

Not only did visitors receive a lot of giveaways, but they also left with a better understanding of the importance of mining in our society, as well as the various jobs opportunities the mining industry offers.

Upcoming Mining in Society event dates include:

  • Vancouver, May 9 to 11, 2010 (in conjunction with the CIM Conference and Exhibition)
  • Sudbury, October 24 to 27, 2010 (in conjunction with the MEMO Conference
  • Quebec, October 2010
  • Newfoundland, November 2010 (to be confirmed)

Interested in participating?
514.939.2710 x. 1320

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