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Teachers Learn about Mining and Minerals

This week, teachers from across the state are in Springfield for the 8th annual workshop presented by the Missouri Minerals Education Foundation. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.

The room is full of 25 middle and high school teachers and they're trying to make toothpaste by mixing together a variety of ingredients, including flavorings and food coloring.

The paste is hot pink...So how does it taste?

Theresa Casey teaches earth science at Mark Twain High School. She's hoping to perfect this experiment so she can take it back to her school and use it to teach her students about minerals, specifically the kind used to make toothpaste.

This week, Casey and the other teachers at the workshop have learned a lot of hands-on ways to teach their students about mining and minerals.

Rashel Bussard, a middle school teacher in Clever says projects like making toothpaste help students learn.

The workshop is presented and funded by the mining and mineral industries.

Steve Rudloff is Manger of the Missouri Limestone Producers Association. He explains why the industry provides this learning opportunity for science teachers.

The teachers participating in the program say they'll come away from this week with many ideas for integrating hands-on activities into their curriculum.

Dawn Vidt is a high school teacher in Waynesville.

The workshop is held in a different location each year. This is the first time it's been held at Missouri State University.