GENERAL INFORMATION The MMEW is a three-day workshop for K-12 Earth Science educators and pre-service teachers that offers short courses and field trips focused on the geology and mineral resources of Minnesota. The upcoming 18th annual MMEW will be held June 16-18, 2015 at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD). On the first day of the workshop, participants may choose among 16 different short course topics taught by professional geologists, academics, government scientists, and K-12 educators. Many of the courses introduce curriculum ideas for various grade levels. The second and third days of the workshop will involve field trips designed to familiarize participants with the geology and mineral resources in the Duluth area and the North Shore. Participants will receive a variety of resource materials including rock and mineral samples, lesson plan ideas, posters, maps, videos, and other useful information. Upon completion of the workshop, attendees will be provided with a certificate of participation indicating total contact hours. REGISTRATION Registration cost for the workshop is $40. This fee covers all short course and field trip costs, breakfast and lunch for all three days, and a picnic dinner on Tuesday evening planned at Lester River Park. This year, registration will be conducted through an on-line meeting service. The registration link will be available from the MMEW website beginning March 4th. Early registration ends Monday, June 1st, after which the registration cost will increase to $55. Soon after this date, registrants will be informed of their short course schedule and will be given other information to prepare for the workshop. Questions? Contact: –Hannah Friedrich (651-259-5953), [email protected] –Jim Miller (218-720-4355), [email protected] ABBREVIATED INFORMATION CIRCULAR 18th Annual MINNESOTA MINERALS EDUCATION WORKSHOP June 16-18, 2015 University of Minnesota Duluth Duluth, MN Registration begins March 4th www.mmew.org Tentative Short Course Schedule Tuesday, June 16, 2015 SHORT COURSE OFFERINGS – The 16 courses being offered during the four short course sessions are shown on the opposite page. See the MMEW website for course descriptions and information on instructors. Participants are asked to identify their first and second course choice for each session when registering. FIELD TRIPS – Two days of field trips are designed to familiarize participants with the geology and mineral resources in the Duluth area and along the North Shore. Day 1 will include a morning tour of Cliffs taconite facility near Silver Bay, followed by visits to several classic geological locations along the North Shore. Day 2 will start with a tour of Rio Tinto/Kennecott’s exploration office in Tamarack, MN where drill core from the Ni-Cu-PGE deposit discovered there in 2001 will be viewed. On the return trip to Duluth, visits will include slate exposures at Jay Cooke State Park, a basalt quarry, and several exposures of the Duluth Complex. Transportation by coach bus and box lunches will be provided. Trips will leave from and return to the UMD campus. SPECIAL EVENT – On Tuesday evening, participants are invited to travel by school bus to Lester River Park for a picnic dinner. After the picnic, the bus will take participants on a tour of several sites that were severely damaged by the floods that hit Duluth in June of 2012. The tour will be guided by a local hydrologist who will explain the damage created and the remediation efforts that followed. The meal and touring activities are free of charge. LODGING – Again this year, special donations to the workshop by the Aggregate & Ready Mix Association of Minnesota, the Iron Mining Association, and Mining Minnesota will provide lodging at UMD dormitories at discounted rates. See the VisitDuluth website for more information on lodging options in the Duluth area.
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