Earth Science Weekly
Mrs. Wilkinson's Class
Next Week At-A-Glance
Week of March 21-25
Tuesday: Defining Rocks/Rock Cycle Foldable
Wednesday: Ride the Rock Cycle Activity
Thursday: Spring Break
Friday: Spring Break
Cookie Mining Activity
Block #1 Cookie Mining
Unfortunately, our reliance on the 3 T's (ask you student what they are!) and gold that are found in our electronics contributes to the illegal mining practices that are taking place in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Students were also made aware of the illegal mining of diamonds, or blood diamonds. We looked at how advertising campaigns ("A diamond is forever...") has linked the purchase of a diamond to love and how many of the diamonds that make their way to the market have been mined at the expensive of human life and basic human rights.
If your student is interested in pursuing these topics more, Intel has been leading the way in the technology market to outfit their processors using conflict-free minerals. They can also check out the Enough Project which is raising awareness and trying to invoke change when it comes to what is happening in the Eastern Congo.