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Mining Ambassador Program- 4th Grade

The Utah Mining Association (UMA) is pleased to offer our 4th grade Mining Ambassador program. This free one-hour program, in which an ambassador presents information about the Utah mining industry to 4th grade classrooms, enhances the resource development and mining education curriculum and helps make the connection between mining and students' lifestyle and standard of living. For more information or to request a presentation click here.


Earth Science Curriculum Lesson Plans - Grades 7, 8 & 9

The Utah Mining Association (UMA), partnering with University of Utah mining engineering students, developed lesson plans to help teach the middle school earth science curriculum using mining industry examples and real world applications. Teachers in the Alpine School District piloted and refined the lesson plans during the 2013-2014 school year. UMA is proud to offer these free lesson plans targeting specific earth science curriculum standards and objectives for grades 7, 8 and 9. Click here for earth science curriculum web page.


An Exciting New Tool in Our Education Initiative. . .

Since 1915, the Utah Mining Association’s voice and mission has been to promote and encourage education in mining and minerals to further the understanding of the role this critical industry and its products play in people’s lives, and to foster a spirit of community cooperation.

Mining supports the very foundation of our economy. From the stone and gravel used to build roads and lay foundations for homes and buildings, to coal and uranium used to generate more than half of the nation’s electricity, to the copper wire that connects billions of computers to a global social and commercial network, our economy and way of life depend on the vital resources provided by mining.

As part of our goal to make good, quality materials available to teachers, parents that home school, and others that may be looking for educational curriculum pertaining to mining and minerals, we have developed the Mining Rocks! website.

Everything on the website is available for downloads and reproductions. Click on

The Hermes Creative Award was presented to the Mining Focus Magazine and Mining Rocks! website as a joint campaign for creativity and editorial excellence in an educational initiative. A platinum award was received, which is the highest award given.




Related Links

Mining Rocks!

History/Impact of Utah Mining

4th Grade Curriculum - Div. of Oil, Gas & Mining

Utah Geology for Kids

Out of the Rock  (Ed. Resource)

Coal Information

Types of Coal

Utah Coal (Utah Geological Survey)

Fossil Fuels

Utah State Rock - Coal

Mineral Information

Utah Mineral Deposits Map

Mineral Definitions

Ore to More (The Story of Copper)

Utah State Mineral - Copper

40 Common Minerals

How to Identify Minerals

Minerals Make Life

Other Related Links

American Coal Foundation

Arch Coal Learning Center

Minerals Education Coalition (formerly Mineral Information Institute)

Mineral Information Finder

National Energy Foundation

National Mining Assocation Fact Sheets

Silver Institute

The More You Dig

Treasure House Relics

Utah Geological Survey - Teacher's Page

Utah Museum of Natural History Mineral Collection

Women in Mining