As part of GEM Environmental’s GEM for STEM: Field Experience Program, we were able to take students from Yavapai College on a field trip to Freeport McMoRan’s Bagdad Mine in Bagdad, AZ.
On Friday, October 18th, 2019 the students from Cindy Smith’s Environmental Geology class, along with the students from Dr. Beth Boyd’s Intro to Geology class, were given the opportunity to be introduced to the processes involved in copper mining. They also were able to meet the industry professionals who make it all happen!
Bagdad is an open-pit copper and molybdenum mining complex that hides in the beautiful hills of Bagdad, AZ. The Bagdad operation consists of a 75,000 metric ton-per-day concentrator that produces copper and molybdenum concentrate, an SX/EW plant that can produce up to 32 million pounds per year of copper cathode from solution generated by low-grade stockpile leaching, and a pressure-leach plant to process molybdenum concentrate. This massive production helps Freeport McMoRan remain a leading international mining company, providing many STEM related jobs.
GEM is working to inspire a new generation of scientists by showing students firsthand, how the concepts they are learning in the classroom are applied to real life situations by companies like Freeport McMoRan at the Bagdad Mine. Students on the trip were given the opportunity to meet with industry professionals from a varying array of STEM careers to discuss what schooling they had to complete get to where they are and what processes they had to go through. It was our intent to show students the wide variety of well-paying jobs available to both degree and non-degree seeking students here in Yavapai County.
This trip was provided with grant funding awarded to GEM by The Arizona Community Foundation of Yavapai County, through their Environmental and Sustainability Fund. For more information on how you can help fund future GEM Programs check out our Donate section at the top of the page.
On Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019, GEM Environmental hosted an on-sight STEM DAY at Primavera School in Prescott, AZ! Our Program Coordinator and AmeriCorps VISTA, Madison Link, teamed up with the amazing staff at Primavera School to create a fun-filled day of learning with the school’s 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade students.
Madison, along with our AmeriCorps State Members, Alex Monksfield, Kali Plummer, and Jason Parker spent numerous hours putting together this event; working hard to make sure the day went smooth. The events included: germinating seeds, identifying rocks, creating cacti, identifying animals, making a rainbow, creating a learning tree and flying bats.
The day was a huge success thanks to our wonderful group of volunteers. In addition to the GEM team and AmeriCorps members, we had volunteers from Prescott College and Tri-City Prep. Another great day made possible by all the wonderful people in our community. GEM FOR STEM!
Saturday, September 28th, G.E.M. Environmental was fortunate enough to be a part of the Northern Arizona Believing In Girls event, held in Flagstaff, AZ. We had a G.E.M. Environmental booth set up offering fun STEM activities such as creating slime, identifying rocks and planting basil seeds. Over 100 young girls were able to participate in these fun, hands on learning experiences, while G.E.M. team members explained the science behind the activities in a fun and interesting way.
G.E.M. Environmental members Alex, Madison and Kali at the B.I.G. event.
During these activities, many of these girls were excited about what they were learning and asked a lot of in-depth questions. It was great to see young girls express their passion for science. The team members at G.E.M. Environmental are proud that we were able to be a part of this amazing event and hope that all the young women continue to pursue their passions, no matter what obstacles they may face.
Our team members Madison, Alex and Kali, along with volunteers Annie and Hannah, were able to reach out to many parents and troop leaders to help spread the word and mission for G.E.M. Environmental. We hope that our programs, scholarship opportunities and special events like this continue to assist students of all ages. G.E.M. FOR STEM!
At A Glance
The B.I.G. Event: Flagstaff Festival of Science
Cash for College
Yavapai College Prescott Campus Gym
Cash for College
Yavapai College Clarkdale Campus Community Room