A sixth-grade science class toured Vulcan Materials Lisbon Quarry.
Don Theobald, the plant manager, along with Don Habersberger, project manager, Dan Barnstable, area manager tech services, and Tommy Garbacz, specialist/environmentalist, organized an all-encompassing learning experience for the students.
The students learned about prospecting, the mining process and reclamation of land. Students watched a short informational video on the mining process. Then, the students completed 10 different hands-on educational stations.
Rock and mineral identification, sequencing suspended solids, describing how both size and density can impact how layering occurs and making decisions on product use based on core drill samples were among the educational modalities.
The students took a bus ride into the quarry and observed the trucks loading aggregate, transporting aggregate and unloading the aggregate into the crusher. Students then watched the limestone carried by conveyer to the sifters to make various products.
Over the next week, students will be further investigating the life cycle of a mine, careers in mining and discovering the importance of aggregate producers.
“All of these activities will assist students in developing a greater understanding of the mining, metallurgy and aggregate industries,” said science teacher Julie Morris.