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Inquiries in Science: Mining for Minerals Kit

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  • Perform simulated mining activities using cast-wax landscapes
  • Analyze costs of mining practices versus environmental impacts
  • Includes unique topographic mold
Students use topographic maps and wax casts of landscapes to explore for mineral deposits using sediment readings and core samples. Once the deposits are found, students determine the most economical and environmentally sound ways to extract the ore. They then analyze the environmental impact and cost of their mining expedition to determine if a more economical and environmentally friendly way exists to mine for these resources. Kit includes enough materials for at least 30 students working in groups. Receive a FREE digital Teacher's Manual and Student Guide with kit purchase.


What’s Included:
  • 1 Soy Wax, 20 lb
  • 3 Topographic Molds
  • 6 Brown Crayons
  • 1 Blue Modeling Clay, 0.5 lb
  • 6 Borers with Plunger
  • 6 Topographic Maps of the Carolina River Gorge
  • 1 Teacher's Manual and Reproducible Student Guide
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Needed But Not Included:
  • 6 Metal Scoops
  • 12 Weigh Boats
  • 1 Balance (accurate to 0.01 g)
  • 1 Double Boiler (set up to melt wax)
  • 1 Thermometer
  • 1 Wooden Stirring Rod
  •  Access to a Freezer
  •  Calculators
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