The Science and Economics of Concrete
Project Cornerstone is offering a workshop for elementary and middle school teachers on the science and economics of the natural resources used in producing concrete. These materials are the second most consumed commodities in the world and we depend on them every day; however, the process of making concrete is something our communities do not understand. The activities and materials provided during the workshop will educate teachers about this widely used material and give them the tools to keep students engaged and excited about earth science, math, history and economics.
The workshop will be divided into two sections. We will discuss with the history and economics of concrete and how it has played an integral role in economic development for ancient civilizations like the Romans and modern society. After lunch we will walk teachers through hands-on science and math (STEM) activities that can easily be duplicated in the classroom. The workshop is ideal for history and science teachers to collaborate and offer a fun and exciting learning opportunities for students that can be covered in their history and science classes.
Background materials and resources will be presented that will deliver real-world examples that discuss the history of concrete and how it played a role in economic development and trade within the Roman Empire. The science portion of the workshop will illustrate the Human Impacts on Earth Systems (MS-ESS3) from utilizing natural resources to make concrete. In addition, we will present NGSS and STEM hands-on activities. The first activity will include developing a hypothesis regarding two different types of natural resource materials. The two samples contain different sources of sand (i.e., beach, river). Students will utilize ratio concepts while they test their hypothesis to determine which type of sand is best used for concrete and why (MP.1, RP.A). The final activity will involve the production of small concrete projects. The project will provide a fun interactive way to apply the economic principals of scarcity, opportunity costs, trade, and demonstrate how prices reflect the relative scarcity of goods. This workshop will provide rock solid tools and activities to implement in the classroom that will keep students engaged in learning.
For teachers who are interested in purchasing more supplies you can visit the following sites:
San Diego Workshop
Orange County Workshop
TEACHERS WILL RECEIVE:
- Sieve Analysis Starter Kit
- Science of Concrete Kit
- Access to online background materials
- Sample history and economic-related activities
Project Cornerstone is looking for event and teacher sponsors for its workshop.
Project Cornerstone has already raised some funds through its Annual Golf Tournament and a generous donation from the Women In Mining California Chapter (WIM). However, we have not yet raised enough funds to provide the teachers with starter kits.
Please help us raise funds so every teacher can have the materials they need to teach the program in their classrooms.
SPONSOR THE WORKSHOP:
Project Cornerstone is looking for sponsors to cover the cost of hosting the teacher workshop. The event sponsorship levels are $1500 (Gold), $1000 (Silver) and $500 (Bronze).
SPONSOR A TEACHER:
Sponsor a teacher for $250 or sponsor five teachers for only $1000! Your sponsorship will allow the teacher to attend the workshop and receive a Sieve Starter Kit, Science of Concrete Starter Kit, lunch, and valuable knowledge about the construction aggregates industry.
All sponsors will be recognized on the Project Cornerstone website and at the workshop.
Please contact Jamie Metivier at firstname.lastname@example.org, (619) 284-8515, or submit your sponsorship below.
Gold Sponsor - $1,500
Silver Sponsor - $1,000
Bronze Sponsor - $500
Sponsor Five Teachers- $1,000
Teacher Sponsor -$250 per teacher
Volunteers: Those interested in volunteering at the event may contact Jamie Metivier at (619) 284-8515 or email@example.com.
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