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Gold Rush! 

Event-Based Science is a new way to teach middle school science. It is an award-winning, standards-based program in which newsworthy events establish the relevance of science topics; authentic tasks create the need-to-know more about those topics; and lively interviews, photographs, Web pages, and inquiry-based science activities create a desire to know more about those topics.

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Gold Rush!Gold Rush! is an Event-Based Science module about rocks and minerals. It uses the 1848 discovery of gold at Sutter's Mill in the California territory, to establish the context for the study. 

The task in Gold Rush! places students in the roles of partners in a mining company. Students will acquire then use their knowledge of rocks and minerals to analyze data from abandoned mines and choose one for their company to reopen.

NSTA Recommends Gold Rush!

As with all Event-Based Science modules, much of the information that students need is provided in the pages of Gold Rush!. However, more information is needed. Information about rocks, minerals, and modern mining operations will add to the authenticity of your study.

Below are some World-Wide Web sites where that information is available. Click on the highlighted words and be linked with sites where helpful information can be found.

Gold Rush! Resources

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Links to Gold Rush! related WEB Sites
(Links are checked monthly. They were working on the day of the last update.)

  • Glossary of mining terms

  • WWW Chemistry Guide - a comprehensive collection of annotated links for chemists and researchers involved in organic, biochemical, computational, medicinal and/or other chemistry research. We hope the links we have provided here will help you to locate the information you are looking for quickly and easily. 

Mining Companies:

  • Kinross Gold Corporation Kinross is a world-class gold company based in Canada. It is the fourth largest gold producer in North America and the eighth largest in the world.
  •  Eldorado Gold Corporation based in Vancouver, Canada, is an international gold producing company active in development and exploration. Eldorado Gold Corp. has mines in Turkey, China and Brazil.
  •  First Majestic Silver Corp . is a silver mining company focused on Mexico.
Gold Nugget

Video - Gold Panning in North Carolina


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