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Plainfield teacher brings geology lessons back to the classroom

William B. Orenic Intermediate School science teacher Margie Corp recently participated in a summer workshop, Rocks, Minerals and Mining in Today’s Society, sponsored by the Illinois Association of Aggregate Producers.
William B. Orenic Intermediate School science teacher Margie Corp recently participated in a summer workshop, Rocks, Minerals and Mining in Today’s Society, sponsored by the Illinois Association of Aggregate Producers.

Science teacher at William B. Orenic Intermediate School, Margie Corp, is bringing lessons she learned about earth science home to her Troy Community School District 30-C school after she participated in a summer workshop about the importance of various minerals and mined products.

The Illinois Teachers Workshop, “Rocks, Minerals and Mining in Today’s Society,” was held at the Chestnut Mountain Resort in Galena and presented by the Illinois Association of Aggregate Producers.

Corp, along with 36 other elementary, middle school, high school and junior college teachers, studied Illinois geology, fossils, mining processes and the rocks and minerals used to make common products. The teachers also did several hands-on activities designed to engage students in learning about geology, such as cookie mining, birdseed mining and layer cake core drilling. Activities were designed to have practical applications for their classrooms.

Seminars at the workshop included “Life Cycle of a Mine: Exploration, Operation, Sustainability and Reclamation” and “Good Stone – Bad Stone.”

At the workshop, Corp also looked for fossils and calcite inside a quarry, visited a lead mine and the Roll Jamison mining museum, and walked to the top of Horseshoe Mound to get a view of the glacial Driftless Area of northwestern Illinois.

Sponsorship was provided by sand mining company Fair Mount Control-Weyden Silica.

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