MEC Partnership Appreciation Award

This Award will acknowledge a non-SME individual or organization which has exemplified support for the MEC’s mission either through development and use of educational materials with K-12 teachers and students or public outreach and awareness about mining and minerals. The MEC Partnership Award will be a framed certificate done in-house and a $250 check to the individual or organization for the purpose of sustaining their involvement in minerals and mining education outreach.

   

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2014 - Paradise Valley Unified School District's MineZone Program

The MEC Partnership Appreciation Award is awarded to Michael Linn and the Paradise Valley Unified School District for development of MineZone, an innovative mining education program.

MEC Partnership Appreciation Award to Michael Linn and the Paradise School District
 
The MEC Partnership Appreciation Award is awarded to Michael Linn and the Paradise Valley Unified School District for the development of MineZone, an innovative mining education program.
MineZone is a 6-week, after-school, academic enrichment program that was created by the Paradise Valley Unified School District as an interactive opportunity for students to learn about mining. It features hands-on activities, videos and an interactive interview with mining employees. MineZone was developed in partnership with the University of Arizona, Caterpillar Global Mining, Empire Southwest, the Arizona Science Center and Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold.

Some 1,000 kindergarten through eighth-grade students participated in MineZone in 2014, bringing the total number of students to enroll in the program to more than 3,100 since its launch in 2011. Additionally, students were able to attend MineZone Day at the Arizona Science Center, where they were encouraged to bring family members. Students demonstrated the activities they had done during the program, including cake-core drilling, cookie mining and copper plating.

Michael Linn and the Paradise Valley Unified School District staff exemplify the type of public-private partnership that is essential for the mining industry to have a voice in schools. Michael Linn earned his B.A. in education and his and M.A. in educational leadership from Northern Arizona University. After 10 years as a classroom educator, he made the transition to community education and has spent the last eight years in the Paradise Valley School District. Most recently, he has been involved in developing live experiential learning programs that focus on educational partnerships to create live hands-on learning opportunities.
 

2013 - Women in Mining Foundation
2012 - Mining Foundation of the Southwest