Cookie Mining

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Resource Type:Classroom Activities; Curricula and Instruction
Grade Level:
4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Organization:American Geosciences Institute (AGI); Earth Science Week (ESW); Women in Mining (WIM) Education Foundation
Summary:"The purpose of this activity is to give the player an introduction to the economics of mining. Each player buys """"property,"""" purchases the """"mining equipment,"""" pays for the """"mining operation,"""" and finally pays for the """"reclamation."""" In return, the player receives money for the """"ore mined."""" The object of the game is to develop the mine, safeguard the environment, and make as much money as possible. The game provides each player an opportunity to make the most money possible with the resources provided. Decisions are made by each player to determine which properties to buy and which piece or pieces of mining equipment should be purchased. Each player should learn a simplified flow of an operating mine. Also, each player should learn something about the difficulty of reclamation, especially in returning the cookie to the exact size that it was before """"mining"""" started."
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 7; Big Idea 9
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS3.A
NGSS Performance Expectations:4-ESS3-2; 5-ESS3-1; MS-ESS3-1; MS-ESS3-2; MS-ESS3-4
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:Analyzing and interpreting data; Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering); Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Cause and effect: Mechanism and explanation; Patterns; Systems and system models
Subjects: 6-8; 9-12; earth science week; geology; high school; middle school; minerals; mining; natural resources; rocks
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