Education Outreach Program

Field Trip Opportunities

Mineral Resource Discovery at Flandrau Science Center

Grades 5-12

Flandrau Science Center, Tucson

This two hour program gives students hands-on experience with the science and engineering that is used in the mining industry today. Students are encouraged to connect chemistry and earth science concepts learned in the classroom to their applications in an industry that touches all of our lives. Stations include 1. How mineral deposits form 2. Exploration geology 3. Mine engineering and planning 4. Mineral processing chemistry and 5. Environmental effects and monitoring.

Register on the Flandrau website  

San Xavier Mining Laboratory Tour

Age 16+

Sahuarita, Arizona

Did you know that the University of Arizona owns and operates its own underground mine in Sahuarita? Mine tours are available for upper-level high school and college groups interested in mining and rock-stabilization methods and geology. Group sizes underground are limited to 15, however split programs can accommodate larger groups and may include lectures or surface activities provided by U of A students, staff or faculty. Each underground tour takes approximately 2 hours. Tours are free, but availability is limited.

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High School and College Guest Presentations

Grades 7-12; College

30 min. – 1 hr. program

Available in southern Arizona

U of A students, staff and volunteers are available to speak to classes, clubs and groups interested in gaining a deeper understanding of mining and mineral resources. Programming topics and suggested audience are listed below. Hands-on activities and/or demonstrations are available for most topics.

Careers and Academic Opportunities in Mining (any level)

  • Learn about STEM career opportunities in the mining industry and academic tracks at University of Arizona.

Rocks and Minerals – properties and uses (7th – 9th grade science courses)

  • This presentation reinforces basic earth science concepts learned in middle school. An accompanying lab allows students to think like scientists and make connections between the physical and chemical properties of minerals and their uses in our everyday lives.

Design a Mine (9th – 12th grade science and engineering courses)

  • Students are given an overview of the mining process and the science and engineering that goes into extracting mineral resources from the earth. An accompanying lab allows students to work collaboratively to collect data and design a mine that they will excavate out of kinetic sand.

Chemistry and Mining (High school or college science courses)

  • Students are given an overview of how chemistry is applied in the mining industry . Accompanying demonstrations allows students to create copper metal through a series of steps using simple materials.

Environmental Science and Mining (High school or college science courses)

  • Students learn about the environmental effects of mining and how they are monitored and mitigated by environmental scientists. 

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STEM Fairs and Other Events

Our outreach specialists are always looking for unique new opportunities to reach 7th – 12th grade and college-level audiences. Together with our partner organizations, we strive to bring the science and engineering of mining to STEM fairs and other events throughout the state of Arizona.

Contact to notify us of your upcoming event!