Students all across the country are now learning hands-on about the importance of minerals and mineral exploration through an interactive CD-ROM produced as a collaborative effort between the Geological Society of CIM and Science North in Sudbury. Ground Work - Exploring for Minerals in Canada was created as a CIM centennial project. Up to 3,000 copies have been distributed to schools across the country to be used as teaching tools.
"It's (the CD-ROM) a wonderful addition to our science and geoscience unit," said Maureen Lipkewich of the Mining Association of British Columbia's Educational Program, who has distributed 400 copies of the CD-ROM as part of their educational kits. "Teachers need so much in the way of resources and any extra tools are a bonus. The teachers said it would be great fun for the class." Preliminary versions of Ground Work were displayed at the Pathways '98/Cordilleran Roundup in January and at the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada meeting in March 1998.
The project was designed by Science North for display in their facilities at Sudbury. The CD-ROM was supported by the CIM Centennial Corporation, the PDAC Mining Matters program and the MABC's Education Committee.