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Two Schools Earn $500 in #BeMined Photo Challenge

Oscarson Elementary in Piute School District and Eisenhower Junior High School in Granite School District submitted winning photographs to the #BeMined Challenge showing how minerals power their classrooms, and won $500 each for science education at their schools.

The Oscarson Elementary winning photograph, submitted by teacher Sally James and her fourth grade class, showed student creations crafted from their 3D printer and explained how the printer includes components made from a variety of minerals such as beryllium, boron, and barium.

Lora Doucet from Eisenhower Junior High School submitted a winning photograph of her school’s Maker Space area where students work on coding and other skills with electronics that are in part powered by copper, beryllium, chromite, and iron-nickel.

The #BeMinedUtah19 photo challenge was co-sponsored by School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration (SITLA) and the Utah Division of Oil, Gas and Mining (OGM) to increase awareness about the importance of minerals in everyday life, specifically in Utah classrooms.

Revenue from mining and oil and gas development on trust lands managed by SITLA, totaled approximately $40 million last fiscal year. This revenue is deposited into the $2.5 billion Permanent School Fund, which provides annual interest income in excess of $70 million to Utah K-12 schools.

The two winning photographs were selected from all statewide entries. The challenge was open to all K-12 public school students, teachers, principals, and administrators statewide. Judges from both agencies selected their favorite photographs based on theme relevancy and creativity.