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Teachers mining tour doubles in capacity for 2013

The Teachers' Mining Tour is expecting 60 teachers at this summer's educational program in Mattawa. For the past three summers, the Ontario Mining Association has been involved in the week-long program.
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Teachers' Mining Tour

The Teachers' Mining Tour is expecting 60 teachers at this summer's educational program in Mattawa.

For the past three summers, the Ontario Mining Association has been involved in the week-long program.

The OMA is one of the supporters of the program.

This year, the program is being held twice for teachers to get a first-hand glimpse of mining in Ontario.

The programs are held at the Canadian Ecology Centre, near Mattawa. Thirty teachers from across the province will participate in each of the educational workshops being held July 29 to August 2 and from August 19 to 23, 2013.

"Seeing is believing and this fully sponsored professional development opportunity presents informed choices for educators," said Bill Steer, General Manager of the Canadian Ecology Centre. "The Teachers' Mining Tour is an opportunity to bring modern mining into the classroom curricula."

Lesley Hymers, OMA Environment and Education Specialist, will be supporting the program and making presentations throughout both weeks on OMA education and outreach initiatives. These include the OMA's high school video competition So You Think You Know Mining and the OMA's collaborative activities with Skills Canada Ontario, which promotes trades and technologies as career options for students and other organizations.

During the program, teachers will learn about exploration, mine development, geology and sectors of the economy supported by mining directly and indirectly.

The teachers will visit Xstrata Nickel's Nickel Rim South Mine and Goldcorp's operations in Timmins.




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