Welcome to Dig Into Mining

  • Welcome to
    Dig Into Mining

    From hybrid vehicles to advances in medical science, transition metals such as copper, gold and molybdenum are essential to our daily lives.

  • Dig Into Mining Virtual Lab

    Take an Interactive look into modern day mining with this authentic, learning simulation focused on the exploration phase of hard rock mining.

  • Teacher Resources

    Develop key STEM, critical thinking and problem-solving skills in your students with these free educator resources.

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  • Family Resources

    Introduce your family to different metals and alloys using engaging activities to explore the important role these geological treasures play in our daily lives.

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  • STEM Resources

    In today’s global economy, STEM skills are critical to success. Learn more about Freeport-McMoRan's commitment to mine a successful future with STEM and to utilize the many free STEM resources available through these initiatives.

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  • Explore metals in your every day life

    Get a behind-the-scenes look at a working copper mine, with this exciting Virtual Field Trip archive! Middle school students will see a Geologist and Mine Planning Engineer showcase real-world examples of how STEM is used in the work place.

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  • Welcome to
    Dig Into Mining

    From hybrid vehicles to advances in medical science, transition metals such as copper, gold and molybdenum are essential to our daily lives.

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About the Program

Discovery Education and Freeport-McMoRan have partnered to create an interactive program for grades 6-8 that uncovers the use of transition metals such as copper, gold and molybdenum in our everyday life, and provides students a deeper understanding of today’s hard rock mining industry. The initiative equips educators, students and families with dynamic resources - including a virtual field trip, interactive digital learning tools, and school-to-home connections with career exploration activities – designed to give students a front row seat to nature’s geological wonders and inspire further exploration of the world around them.

Family Resources

Unearth the essential elements all around you and discover some unexpected uses of these geological wonders with engaging family activities.

Teacher Resources

Spark student engagement with these dynamic classroom tools designed to uncover how ores, metals and alloys advance technology and fuel growth.

Metals in Your Everyday Life

From seat belts to smartphones, transition metals play an important role in our daily lives. Check out how copper, gold and molybdenum are metals with mettle. With this interactive, you can explore Earth’s natural resources and investigate the many ways you interact with metals every day.

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