This activity allows students to explore the career of an exploration geologist, specifically how they must often make estimates based on field work to recommend mine placement for the recovery of economic minerals. This activity uses candy to simulate the "hidden" ore minerals - I have designed this for use with fun-sized packages of M&Ms, but it could be modified for use with any assorted colorful candy. The important part is that the students cannot see the candy for the first step of the activity.
Can be used for an activity or a mini-lab. Can be used for environmental science, geology, earth science, or general science. Great activity for discussions about earth's non-renewable resources and how we use these resources in modern life.
Can be completed in small groups or as individual study.
Math integration (fractions and percentages).
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