Below BC

Gem and Mineral Show

Below BC presented their rock collection and specimens from Britannia Mine at the Gem and Mineral Shows in March 2019, October 2019 and December 2019. The teachings had a focus on crystal structures, fossils in the area and mining careers. As well as sharing their knowledge with the public, Andrew Randell also gave an interesting presentation titled “The Lost Mineral Collections of BC” to educate and raise awareness. Jacob also gave a presentation on the Below BC road trips this summer. At both shows, Below BC promoted Discovery Day and AME Roundup to the families and students that came by their table.

AME Strategic Plan component(s): Public Awareness and Stakeholder Awareness and Education

School Visits

Below BC took their collection to Parkland Middle School and Laurie Middle School with a focus on minerals in the home and careers in mining. The target audience was the students but teachers were happy to see that they were providing career information as well. This was also the first time that they were able to use their new tablets and show off the new website and have the students look at it in real-time.

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Minerals South

Below BC were available for the student event on Friday, with a number of schools coming in and out. Below BC had the hands-on exhibit focusing on minerals in the home and careers in mining. The tablets were a big hit once again. Below BC were able to photograph some samples on-site for Braveheart, they donated a sample from the Bull River mine. This will be a fantastic addition to their collection.

Geoscience Yukon

Below BC attended with the hope of testing the water for the Below Yukon possibility. The interaction was mainly with government and industry people but Below BC staff also connected with Mining Matters. Saturday was ‘Family Day’ so there was some great interaction with the kids focusing on careers in mining.

Smithers Rock Talk

Below BC attended the Smithers Rock Talk and photographed 60 specimens from their collection on-site to add to their website which was recently developed. Along the way, the Below BC team were able to stop along the way to Smithers and add a number of Geological features to their blog.

AME Strategic Plan component(s): Public Awareness and Stakeholder Awareness and Education; Successful Exploration

EG Fest

EG Fest is a one-day event held by engineering and geoscience at the Vancouver Public Library that is run by engineering and geoscience professionals, companies and student groups. Booths were set up with interactive exhibits and displays to engage the educate the public how engineering and geoscience affect their lives and what it is like to be an engineer and geoscientist.

AME Strategic Plan component(s): Public Awareness and Stakeholder Awareness and Education

Discovery Day at AME Roundup

Below BC had three tables filled with their collection. They also had a section with tools used in the mining industry. The volcano exhibit was supplemented with a volcano bomb from the PME. With a large number of industry people with their families, this made it a great public awareness initiative.

AME Strategic Plan component(s): Public Awareness and Stakeholder Awareness and Education

SFU Geo Fair

This is a job fair for Earth Sciences students from SFU, Douglas and UBC. Below BC had a booth and educated attendees about successful exploration.

AME Strategic Plan component(s): Successful Exploration

Dig Day

Dig Day was a Britannia Mine event focusing on public education. People were encouraged to touch Below BC’s samples and ask any questions they had.

AME Strategic Plan component(s): Public Awareness and Stakeholder Awareness and Education

James Black Gallery

Artist Nicole Shaver created a found object display which she interspersed with pieces from the Below BC and AME collections illustrating the current Age of the Anthropocene. She also created her own geological cross-section type drawings.