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Mineral Outreach & Education – Going Strong in Arizona

For thousands of students in grades 7-12, Pam Wilkinson is the face of mineral outreach in Arizona. Between April 2009 and May 2012, Pam visited hundreds of classrooms across the state presenting Arizona minerals and discussing the state’s mining history. She’s has provided presentations and hands-on activities to more than 18,000 students and addressed dozens of adult organizations and clubs. 

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Pam begins scheduling her classroom visits over the summer. If you are interested in having her provide presentations for your students please contact her. In addition to her traveling museum of over 30 mineral and rock specimens, Pam’s repertoire – see below – includes presentations on rocks, minerals, mining, and the distribution of mineral resources in Arizona. Her newest activity spotlights the relationship between the geologic rock cycle and mineral deposits.

Examples of possible presentations include:

  • Rocks and Minerals: What do we do with them?
  • Elements, Minerals, Gems and Rocks
  • Mining in Arizona: What, Where, How and Why?
  • Rocks, Minerals, Mining and the Environment
  • Careers in the Minerals Industry
  • Chemistry and Mining
  • Environmental Impacts of Mining
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