ONTARIO – The ONTARIO MINING ASSOCIATION (OMA) will be holding the premiere of its virtual mine tour Nickel Quest on Tuesday, June 12, 2007 at Dynamic Earth in Sudbury. This educational resource, which was designed to complement aspects of the Grades 7 to 9 curriculum, will be shown in the Atlas Copco Theatre before an audience of students, representatives of local mining companies, the Sudbury education community, government and Sudbury Mayor John Rodriguez.
This OMA project was initiated from the primary realization that it is logistically impossible to provide all Ontario students with the educational experience of touring an underground mine. The OMA took the route of using technology to create a virtual mine tour and take the underground mine experience to the classroom.
The development of Nickel Quest was led by the OMA Virtual Mine Tour Advisory Panel. This group, with representation from the mining industry, education and government, has collaborated to produce an educationaland entertainingresource that will help provide the link for students from mining activity to the products they use everyday and show why mining is important to us all.
The video was produced by eSolutions Group, based in Waterloo. Subsequent to the launch of the virtual mine tour, people will be able to download the video from the OMA website www.OMA.on.ca.