The 6th annual BC Mining Week Community Fair provided students from across Vancouver with a terrific introduction to geology and mining. Created by the Mineral Resources Education Program of BC in partnership with the Association for Mineral Exploration BC, the fair was designed to build a better understanding about exploration and mining practices, BC's mineral resources and the rich mining history of the province.
The exhibits were a big hit for Lord Roberts students.
"It was really fun when we saw the blacksmith. He made a hook for hanging hats and clothing, then he gave us the hook and told us to give it to our teacher," said Grade 4 student Syena Moshiri. "There was also a station where you give a rock to "stump the geologist" and he said my rock was sandstone."
Grade 4 student Amber Brownson said the panning exhibit was her highlight.
"I liked panning for gold. They could not give us real gold because they would be broke so they gave us pyrite which is fake gold," she said.
This year, over 400 students from 16 classes visited the fair. Classes came from Lord Strathcona, Selkirk Annex, False Creek Elementary and Lord Roberts. Most students were in Grade 5-7 and got a chance to do some hands-on learning at 30 learning stations, each one featuring a unique display, demonstration or hands-on activities that supported learning about mineral exploration, mining processes, minerals in everyday life, BC's mineral resources, sustainable practices as well as more about earth science.
Festivities that day included face painting, a stilt walker, and Earth Science art (painting) stations.
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