2018 ANNUAL REPORT – CMA Education Foundation
September 11, 2018
Dear Supporters and Friends of All About Mining:
I would like to thank all our supporters for their assistance, whether it be providing financial support, hosting field trips or providing “live” lecturers at our In-Class portion of the course on the CSM campus. I would like also to specifically thank our partners, at the Colorado School of Mines for continuing to support All About Mining. Without CSM’s support, this course would not be able to continue. Thank you to each and every one of you for your continuing support!
How wonderful that in our 50thyear, we were honored to receive the Interstate Mining Compact Commission’s (IMCC) 2018 Mineral Education Award. The IMCC is a multi-state governmental agency that represents the natural resource and related environmental protection interests of its member states. In April of this year, Mr. Paul Jones, Past Chairman and I attended the IMCC 2018 Annual Meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina to accept the award. This award recognizes CMAEF’s course for achieving excellence in providing educational outreach that increases the level of understanding about mining in the classroom or community. The CMAEF thanks all who have worked so diligently through the years to make this course what it is today. We also thank the IMCC for recognizing these efforts, and the Colorado Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety for nominating us.
The 2018 All About Mining course was a truly full class this year. We hosted 16 teachers this year, 15 from all over Colorado, and one from Illinois. As usual, our instructors in the CSM classroom and laboratory were helpful and informative. The reason for the classroom time is to remind the teachers of what they learned in the lecture series, and focus on some of the important points they would be seeing in the coming field trip week. It is an integral part of the course and always interactive, as the teachers can speak with the instructors and take their education a step further. We added an extra hour to our mineral processing laboratory experiments, which was received so very well by the teachers, and we were able to dedicate some extra time to our Hazen Research tour as well.
Saturday found us at the Edgar Mine early in the morning for safety training and an underground mine tour. This is also a perennial highlight. It is the first time the teachers have a chance to see an underground mine, and the mine manager, being an instructor for CSM as well, is patient and careful with them. The comments I receive on this portion of the class are always full of compliments, excitement, and the wish that they could spend more time there. We wound up our Saturday with a geologic tour of Red Rocks and a quick overview of the Chieftain Mine next to the Soltera subdivision in Lakewood.
It was quite a group and I was fortunate to have Mr. Ben Geller, a science teacher and member of our Board of Directors, assist me with the field trip portion. As has been customary, we begin our excursion by meeting Monday morning at the CSM parking lot and boarded our bus for the five-day, four-night mine and mill experience. The 2018 field trip route was as follows:
- Monday – Martin Marietta Quarry in Golden, then to the EVRAZ steel facility in Pueblo;
- Tuesday – Newmont’s open pit-heap leach Cripple Creek and Victor Mine at Victor and to the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum in Leadville;
- Wednesday – Freeport-McMoRan’s open pit Climax Mine and Mill near Leadville; and American Gypsum’s Quarry and Wallboard Plant at Gypsum;
- Thursday – The In-Situ operation and Mill at Natural Soda, then to the open-pit Trapper Mine and Tri-State Generation Plant near Craig
- Friday – Peabody’s Twenty Mile Mine underground coalmine.
Since we were such a large group this year, we had to break into two groups in many places. Every mill site and mine were so accommodating to us, each with their own special way of conveying their place in industry to the teachers. All About Mining is unlike anything out there for an educational experience! Some of the comments from teachers this year were:
“The tours were amazing! The instruction was great! I wish more people could experience this opportunity – I learned so much, and will definitely be recommending this course.” LCB – 2018
“This experience was fabulous and I don’t know how you could make it better!” ZS – 2018
“I went from knowing almost nothing about the industry and having feelings of skepticism towards responsible mining tounderstanding how critical the minerals industry is for our lives and how important to our society it is that we support this industry.” HN – 2018
Of course, this is not time to sit on our laurels and we know we have some work ahead of us in updating lectures and the constant honing of the in-class portion. Part of what has made this course so successful for the last 50 years is the influence of a wide range of people with new ideas on ways to update and keep our content relevant. This is something we strive to do all the time.
This year we have some community outreach on our calendar. I will be making a presentation at the monthly MMSA meeting in October on our 2018 summer class. We will have a booth, as usual, at the Colorado Science Conference for teachers in November and we look forward to the Annual National Western Mining Conference in conjunction with the Annual SME meeting in February 2019.
All About Mining needs your support! Last year we became part of the Amazon Smile program that allows you, our supporters, to pick us as your “charity” and then anything you buy from Amazon.com (Amazonsmile.com), Amazon will donate a small percentage of your purchase to the AAM program. Please think about this as it is a VERY simple thing to do, it doesn’t cost you a thing and it can create some significant return to the AAM program.
We also need your support in other ways as well. Maybe your company would support a teacher through the All About Mining Course, or maybe you or your company would pay for a nights lodging for the teachers. There are many ways you can help and I would be happy to speak to you about them.
The CMAEF Board and myself are always trying to get the word out about our program. Our rack cards are placed in many locations and if you can think of any place we should have them, please contact me and let me know where I need to put them, or I can send some to you for placement. Ultimately, it is word of mouth that is the best, so please, think of the All About Mining course when you encounter any educator.
The CMAEF Board of Directors and I sincerely thank you for your past and continuing support of our unique and award-winningAll About Miningcurriculum. Our ongoing efforts to present this course each summer would not be possible without your generous financial and in-kind support.