Minnesota Minerals Education Workshop

 

21st Annual MMEW

June 19-21, 2018

St. Cloud Area

College of Saint Benedict

St. Joseph, MN

 

 

Registration Link 

Graduate Credit Registration Link


IMPORTANT DATES:
After June 4th - Lodging on campus is NO longer available
June 19 - Registration needs to be done in-person

 

 

General Information
Workshop Schedule
Short Course Offerings
Field Trips
Tuesday Night Event
Meals
Lodging
Certificate of Participation
Registrations
Sponsors
Volunteers
More Information
Campus Map

 

 
General Information:

The MMEW is a three-day workshop for K-12 Earth Science educators and pre-service teachers that offers short courses and field trips focused on the geology and mineral resources of Minnesota. The upcoming 21st annual MMEW will be held June 19-21, 2018 at the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Minnesota.  On the first day of the workshop, participants may choose between 9 different short course topics taught by professional geologists, academics, government scientists, and K-12 educators.  Many of the courses introduce curriculum ideas for various grade levels. The second and third days of the workshop will involve field trips designed to familiarize participants with the geology and mineral resources in central Minnesota.  

 

Participants will receive a variety of resource materials including rock and mineral samples, lesson plan ideas, posters, maps, videos, and other useful information.   Upon completion of the workshop, attendees will be provided with a certificate of participation indicating total contact hours. 


Workshop Schedule:

2018 Workshop Schedule

June 18, 2018 – Check-In and Registration

Time

Event

Location

4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Afternoon Check-In and Registration

Gorecki Center

June 19, 2018 – Short Course Day

Time

Event

Location

7:00 am – 12:00 pm

Morning Check-In and Registration

Gorecki Center

7:30 am – 8:30 am

Breakfast in the Cafeteria

Gorecki Center

8:35 am – 8:50 am

Welcome and Introductions

Gorecki Center

8:50 am – 10:05 am

Short Course Session 1 – Earth Science Curriculum Development

Gorecki Center

10:05 am – 10:30 am

Morning Break

Henrita Academic Building (HAB)

10:30 am – 11:45 am

Short Course Session 2 – Geology and Earth Science Basics

HAB

11:50 am – 12:55 pm

Lunch in the Cafeteria

Gorecki Center

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm

After Lunch Lecture – Minnesota’s $1.3 Billion Legacy for Education: The Permanent School Fund

Gorecki Center

1:45 pm – 3:00 pm

Short Course Session 3 – Mineral Deposits, Mining, and Processing

HAB

3:00 pm – 3:15 pm

Afternoon Break

HAB

3:15 pm – 4:30 pm

Short Course Session 4 – Water, Ice, and Is Everything Nice?

HAB

4:30 pm – 4:55 pm

Classroom Resource Collecting

HAB

5:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Overview of Field Trips

Gorecki Center

6:00 pm – 6:45 pm

Tuesday Evening Event: Dinner

Gorecki Center

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Tuesday Evening Event: Field Trip

Quarry Park

Session Schedule

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Session 1

Special Plenary Talk

8:50 – 10:05 AM

Earth Science Curriculum Development – The Wows and Hows of Teaching Earth Science from Our Backyard to Yours!

Jean Dunstan, Deirdre Erbisch, Lloyd Wescoat

Session 2

10:30 – 11:45 AM

What Mineral Is This And What Do We Do With It?

Maggie Upton

Orienteering

Cheryl Sill

Plate Tectonics and the Rock Cycle

Jim Miller

 

Room

HAB 115

HAB 107

HAB 102B

 

Session 3

1:45 – 3:00 PM

Base Metal Deposits (Cu, Pb, Zn)

Maggie Upton

Taconite: Minnesota’s Gold; Mining 101

Larry Schmelzer

Benefits of Beneficiation

Ted Anderson

 

Room

HAB 107

HAB 102B

HAB 115

 

Session 4

3:15 – 4:30 PM

Minnesota Caves History and Lore

Greg Brick

Naturally Occurring Arsenic in Drinking Water Aquifers: Natural ≠ Healthy

Mindy Erickson

What We Can Learn From Minnesota’s Glacial Tills

Scott Alexander

Radon in Minnesota Homes

Marc Katz

Room

HAB 107

HAB 102B

HAB 115


June 20, 2018 – Field Trip Day

Time

Event

Location and notes

7:15 am – 8:00 am

Breakfast in the Cafeteria

Gorecki Center

8:15 am – 4:30 pm

Field Trips

St. Joseph and Surrounding Area

Bus Route 1

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8:15 am

Depart College of St. Benedict for CR-49 Outcrop

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8:35 am

Arrive at CR-49 Outcrop

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9:00 am

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9:05 am

Arrive at Lion’s Park

(Morning Break)

9:35 am

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10:00 am

Arrive at Martin Marietta Quarry

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12:00 pm

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12:15 pm

Arrive at Rockville County Park

(Lunch)

1:15 pm

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1:30 pm

Arrive at Coldspring Facility

(Afternoon Break)

5:00 pm

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5:30 pm

Arrive at the College of St. Benedict

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8:15 am

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8:35 am

Arrive at Coldspring Facility

(Morning Break)

12:00 pm

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12:15 pm

Arrive at Rockville County Park

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1:15 pm

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1:30 pm

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1:55 pm

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2:00 pm

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2:30 pm

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3:00 pm

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Arrive at the College of St. Benedict

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June 21, 2018 – Field Trip Day

Time

Event

Location and notes

7:00 am – 8:15 am

Check-out for Participants Lodging at the College of St. Benedict

Gorecki Center

7:15 am – 8:00 am

Breakfast in the Cafeteria

Gorecki Center

8:30 am – 3:30 pm

Field Trips

St. Joseph and Surrounding Area

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Distribute Certificates of Participation

Gorecki Center

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8:15 am

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8:30 am

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9:30 am

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9:45 am

Arrive at Merden Pit

(Morning Break)

10:30 am

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10:45 am

Arrive at Hardrives

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12:15 pm

Arrive at Wilson Park

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1:30 pm

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2:35 pm

Arrive at Knife River

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3:30 pm

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8:15 am

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8:30 am

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10:45 am

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10:55 am

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12:10 pm

Arrive at Wilson Park

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1:45 pm

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3:00 pm

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4:00 pm

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Registration:

Registration cost for the workshop is $45. This fee covers all short course and field trip costs, breakfast and lunch for all three days, and a picnic dinner on Tuesday evening at Quarry Park.

Registration will be conducted online. The registration link will be available from the MMEW website beginning March 1st. Early registration ends Monday, May 14th, after which the registration cost will increase to $60. In early June, registrants will be informed of their short course schedule and will be given other information to prepare for the workshop.

Registration will need to be in-person on June 19th!


Short Course Offering:

We are offering 10 short courses this year including an in-depth plenary session on Earth Science Curriculum Development and panel discussion to give you an opportunity to lend your expertise and field your questions. Course descriptions and information on instructors are available here. Participants are asked to identify their first and second course choices for each session when registering.

 
Field Trips:

Two days of field trips are designed to familiarize participants with the geology and mineral resources of the St. Cloud area. Field stops on Day 1 (Wed., 6/20) will focus on the Precambrian geology and quarrying operations of granite exposures. The day will include tours of Martin Marietta's crushed granite quarry in Waite Park, Cold Spring's quarry and dimension stone fabrication plant, and the Eagle Park quarry in Rockville. Day 2 (Thurs., 6/21) will focus on the glacial geology and the aggregate operations in the St. Cloud area. Second day stops will include visits to Amcon/Cemstone's Concrete Fabrication Plant, reclamation activities of Hard Drive's aggregate quarry, and gravel mining and asphalt production at Knife River's quarry operation. Transportation by coach bus and box lunches will be provided. Trips will leave from and return to the College of St. Benedict's campus.


Tuesday Night Event:

On Tuesday evening, participants are invited to travel by bus to Quarry Park for a picnic dinner and informal geoscience related talk. The meal and touring activities are free of charge.

Lodging:

Again this year, special donations to the workshop by the Aggregate & Ready Mix Association of Minnesota, the Iron Mining Association, and Mining Minnesota will provide lodging at the College of St. Benedict apartments at discounted rates. Other accommodations are available in the are including hotels, cabins and campgrounds.

Apartments: Accommodate 4 people. The apartments will have 2 bedrooms with two single beds in each room. All apartments have restrooms and showers within the apartment as well as a kitchen, washer and dryer, and living room. Kitchens have a refrigerator/freezer, stove and oven, however, are not stocked with utensils, dishes, etc. The following items are included in all housing accommodations: Sheets, Blanket, Pillow, Bath Towel, Washcloth, Soap, Beverage Cup and Coat Hangers. 

           

Participate Certificate:

At the end of the workshop, all participants will be given a certificate acknowledging their participation.  The number of contact hours will be listed as 24 for full participation in the short courses and two days of field trips. 

Information regarding graduate credits from the University of Northern Colorado can be found here. Individuals interested in graduate credits can begin the pre-registration process here. Actual registration for graduate credit course will be in April.


Contributors:

The reason that the registration costs for this workshop can be held so low is because of the generous contributions by minerals-related industries, professional associations, and individuals to the Minnesota Center for Minerals Resource Education, which oversees the operation of the MMEW.   Contributors to the 2017 workshop as of March, 1 2017* include:

List of Contributors (Jan 2017)

Conveyor Belt Service

Mars Supply

Tufco

ArcelorMittal USA, Inc

Rendrag, Inc.

Jasper Engineering & Equipment

Larkin Hoffman

Peder Larson

Thibodeau, Johnson & Feriancek

Marine Tech

*A more complete list of contributors will be distributed at the workshop.

In addition to financial support, many governmental agencies, academic institutions, and companies allow their staffs to contribute time to the planning and production of the workshop and often cover their expenses.  These include:

Finally, we want to thank the private companies and public organizations are providing tours of their facilities for the field trips.

 

Volunteers:

Since its inception in 1997, the MMEW has relied upon individual geoscientists from academia, industry and government to volunteer their time and expertise to what we all believe is an important and valuable endeavor.   Listed below is an incomplete list of volunteers who will contribute to this year’s MMEW and the roles they will play.


Name 

Affiliation

Committee

Amy Schwarz

Andrea Reed

MN Department of Natural Resources

MN Department of Natural Resources

Workshop Planning

Workshop Planning

Angela Berthold

Brian Allison

Minnesota Geological Survey

Delano Schools, Teacher

Field Trip Leader

Website Maintenance

Carrie Jennings

University of Minnesota

Instructor

Cheryl Sill

Jim Miller

ISD 742 (St. Cloud), Teacher

University of Minnesota Duluth (retired)

Instructor

Field Trip Leader, Instructor, Workshop Planning

     

Deirdre Erbisch

Stanton Township Public Schools (MI), Teacher

Instructor

Greg Brick

MN Department of Natural Resources

Instructor

Heather Arends

MN Department of Natural Resources

Field Trip Leader, Workshop Planning

Dean Moosavi

GSA

Graduate Credit Instructor, Workshop Planning

Christina Morrison

Tiller Corp.

Field Trip Leader, Workshop Planning

Jean Dunstan

Stanton Township Public Schools (MI), Teacher

Instructor

Larry Schmelzer

United States Steel (retired)

Instructor

Lloyd Wescoat

Michigan Technological University

Instructor

Maggie Upton

University of Minnesota Duluth (graduate student)

Instructor

Marc Katz

MN Department of Health

Instructor

Mindy Erickson

U.S. Geological Survey

Instructor

Scott Alexander

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Instructor

Monica Ramirez

Century College

Instructor

Terry Boerboom

Minnesota Geological Survey

Field Trip Leader


QUESTIONS?

Andrea Reed (218-231-8460), andrea.d.reed@state.mn.us


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