Didactic Resources

The Briefcase online game is now available in 31 languages:

VIRTUAL BRIEFCASE 

Would you like to try our physical Briefcase?
Are you interested to see the mineral samples and play the game in your school? 
Please do not hesitate to contact us!

Briefcases

For The Briefcase Loan Service please contact:

AUSTRIA
Cobalt Briefcase

mariaelena.murphy@unileoben.ac.at

GREECE
Platinum Briefcase

yakoumis@monolithos-catalysts.gr

ITALY
Gold Briefcase

anna.vedda@unimib.it

PORTUGAL
Exploration Briefcase

svtb@fct.unl.pt 

SLOVAKIA
Industrial Minerals Briefcase

mario.molokac@tuke.sk 
zdenka.babicova@tuke.sk 

SLOVENIA
Daily Uses Minerals Briefcase and Secondary Raw Materials Briefcase
Zink-Lead Briefcase 
The Phone Briefcase

briefcase@zag.si

SPAIN
Seville  - Daily uses Minerals Briefcase
surminas@surminas.es 
direccion.tecnica@fgomezpardo.es
Madrid - Daily uses Minerals Briefcase
m.geominero@igme.es 
santiago.rosado@fgomezpardo.es  
Bilbao - Daily uses Minerals Briefcase, The Phone Briefcase
Ainara.garcia@tecnalia.com 
Zubirri - Magnesite Briefcase
itziar.amezqueta@magnesitasnavarras.es 
Pamplona - Potash and the agenda 2030
susana.bieberach@geoalcali.com 

UNITED KINGDOM
Tin Briefcase

info@fablabcov.org.uk

The Briefcase Book of daily use minerals

“The Briefcase book of daily use minerals” is one of the products of the 3D Briefcase project and a teaching tool at the same time. It is intended to be used for teaching geoscience disciplines in schools as well as informing the public about the importance of mining and minerals in our daily lives. Our current lifestyle also depends on mineral resources. Minerals are everywhere around us. Read more in the newly published book!

Englis version - Download PDF file
English version - 
Flipbook

Link to the books 
Spanish version
Slovak version

Link to the app to watch the books in augmented reality (available for Androids only).

Briefcase Book AR

 

Complimentary Educative Materials

 

for GENERAL PUBLIC                        public

for STUDENTS 14-19 years old     students

for CHILDREN                                     children

 

RM@Schools Virtual Centre - propose an active learning by involving 10 - 19 yrs students in experiments on raw materials. Learning pathways supplied with detailed explanations and toolkits to perform hands-on experiments are available in the virtual centre.

RM@Schools Virtual Centre

 

 

 

The Importance of Minerals

 children   THE BRIEFCASE VIRTUAL GAME
The page offers a game to relate minerals and applications with two difficulty levels and complementary information about the minerals’ applications, and where they are extracted here in Europe.

Available in 30 languages: 
Spanish, Italian, English, Slovenian, Greek, German, French, Macedonian, Catalan, Swedish, Euskara, Slovak, Portuguese, Romanian, Polish, Norwegian, Dutch, Czech, Bulgarian, Japanese, Arabic, Vietnamese, Hindi, Chinese, Galician, Estonian, Russian, Tamil and Finnish
Link to the game

students   THE AUGMENTED REALITY BRIEFCASE BOOK 
“The Briefcase book of daily use minerals” is one of the products of the 3D Briefcase project and a teaching tool at the same time. It is intended to be used for teaching geoscience disciplines in schools as well as informing the public about the importance of mining and minerals in our daily lives. 
Link to download the book

children  PIQUETO AND THE MINERAL RESOURCES 
Introduction to the mineral resources, applications and daily objects made of these mineral resources from the hand of Piqueto, the pet of the Spanish Geological Survey Museum. The video offers a tour on petroleum products, iron and steel industry, aggregates, glass industry, ornamental clays, mineral water, including extraction and processing, and explains what would happen without mineral resources with animations.
English version
Spanish version

students

  HOW WOULD BE YOUR LIFE WITHOUT MINERALS? VIDEO SMH  
Video showing how change our world without minerals
Only music, no need translation.
Click here for the video.

public  TRIP TO THE CENTER OF MINERALS    
Educative video about the importance of the minerals, from the genesis to the applications, focused on copper mining activities in Chile, exploration basic concepts, copper process operations and applications (realised by Chile Government).
Video in Spanish version

public  GAME “LIFE WITHOUT RAW MATERIALS”  
An application/game for smartphone, tablet etc. (with the Android operating system), in which the player has to help the boy find proper deposits and produce semi-finished products to make the selected device at the final stage. The following objects/devices have been selected for reproduction: house, media, computer, smartphone and car. For each mission - the reproduction of each device, the player must provide the four most important raw materials for their production. 
Available in English

public  WHO WANTS TO BE AN RM AMBASSADOR?  
A quiz game with tricky questions of increasing difficulty concerning the origins of minerals, the ways of identifying minerals, the everyday products made by raw materials, divided into three (3) stages. It has a scoring system, for each correct question the student gets ten (10), twenty (20) or thirty (30) points based on which stage the student is. Wrong answers are penalized. The student can choose one of the two help options, 50:50 or help from friends, each having also a penalty score. The scores of each stage are summed up and the type of ambassador (gold, silver, bronze) based on the answers is announced.
Available in English

public  RM@ART - COLORING WITH MINERALS  
Minerals and ores are a key driving mechanism for technological advancement and are needed for everyday usage. From these we acquire a variety of products, from precious metals for electronic industry, elements for car batteries to clays for production of paper. However, for educational purposes it is important to remember how the usage of these resources developed. One of the earliest applications of these raw materials was in art long before any car or mobile phone existed. This activity is designed to demonstrate some of the basic concepts of usage of ores and minerals in making colors and ultimately using those colors to make a painting.
Available in English, Italian and German

students  SOCIAL ACCEPTANCE OF MINING ACTIVITIES  
The aim of the activity is to introduce students to the problem of obtaining social acceptance in mining activities. The students will be presented with case study, where social conflicts emerged in the context of raw materials extraction and management. Their task will be to identify the interests of individual stakeholders, work out a compromise and propose solutions that would help to solve the situation and bring benefits to all stakeholders.
English version
Spanish version

students  MINERALCHECK  
With mineral recognition key MineralCheck, students will be able to determine the name of most common minerals. Follow the instructions and experiments in MineralCheck, which will take you step by step to the correct answer. In doing so, use teaching aids to help you decide on the answer. 
Available in English and Slovenian

students  RAWsiko - MATERIALS AROUND US 
Digital version
It is a digital game about the distribution of critical raw materials in the world, their use in the modern technologies and why access to them is pivotal. The game is set in a future where China, which is the largest exporter of critical raw materials, decided to close its borders. In the face of this decision, a raw materials rush begins. Each player is at the head of a huge company active in several industries, that will be allocating it’s all over the world to secure the critical raw materials it needs and keep other competing companies away from them
Available in English and Italian

kids  WHERE DOES METAL COME FROM?  
The video explains where metal comes from to younger children
English version

kids  HOW WE USE MINERALS   
Game which proposes to link minerals with objects.
English version

kids  MINECRAFT FOR GAMIFIED EDUCATION 
The Project webpage offer educative resources focused on raw materials 
Available in English, Swedish, German, French, Slovenian, Italian, Spanish, Estonian, Finnish

students  RAW MATERIALS - THE INGREDIENT OF WHICH DREAMS ARE MADE  
Promotional video of the European Commission to promote training and employment in the field of raw materials to enhance sectoral competitiveness and sustainable growth, while showing the enormous potential of European raw materials
Spanish version
English version 
German version 
French version
Polish version
Italian version

students  ROCKS AND MINERALS   
Multiple choice questions and answers about rocks and minerals
English version

public  GCSE METALS 
Technical information about metals.
English version

public  GCSE CHEMISTRY OBTAINING AND USING METALS  
Technical information about iron and copper extraction and processing.
English version

public  TEACHING ACTIVITIES ON MINERALS 
The National Association of Geoscience Teachers works to raise the quality of and emphasis on teaching the geosciences at all levels proposing several activities dedicated to teach about geology, mining and minerals
English version

public  POTASH MINING VIDEO 
This short video shows the process of creating potash fertilizer, complete with unique footage of potash mines, evaporation ponds, and depictions of ancient evaporated inland oceans.
English version

public  THE IMPORTANCE OF POTASSIUM (K) IN CROPS 
This short video shows the importance of potassium for health
English version

public  POTASH 101  
Commercial video of Mosaic to show the importance of potash, how it is obtained around the world, the product market and its applications
English versions

public  NUTRIEN POTASH FACILITY TOUR 
Promotional video Nutrien, which operates six potash mines around the world. Take a closer look at a Nutrien potash facility and learn how they produce potash to improve crop yields and quantity worldwide.
English version

students  POTASSIUM CYCLE CHALLENGE 
Game: Test your knowledge as you help Sarah or Ana and Marc work their way through the potassium cycle. Explore two different scenarios, answering questions about the potassium cycle in soybean fields or a lettuce garden.
English version

kids  ORNAMENTAL ROCKS
Introduction to the ornamental rocks, application and extraction process, from the hand of Piqueto, the pet of the Spanish Geological Survey Museum
Spanish version

Metal Processing

public  THE IMPORTANCE AND THE PROCESS OF MOLYBDENO, COBALT, GOLD AND COPPER
The video covers the process to obtain these metals, their characteristics, applications and importance for our lives.
English version
Spanish version
French version
Bahasa Indonesia version
Chinese version
English version

public  ATLANTIC COPPER: RECEPTION OF RAW MATERIALS   
Animation video to show the areas and processes of the Atlantic Copper smelter
English version with English subtitles
Spanish version with Spanish subtitles

public  FLASH SMELTING IN ATLANTIC COPPER 
Animation video to show the flash smelting process of the Atlantic Copper smelter
English version with English subtitles
Spanish version with Spanish subtitles

public  CONVERSION, REFINING AND CASTING IN ATLANTIC COPPER 
Animation video to show the conversion, refining and casting processes of the Atlantic Copper smelter
English version with English subtitles
Spanish version with Spanish subtitles

public  THE CATHODE COPPER FROM ATLANTIC COPPER 
Animation video to show the refinery process of the Atlantic Copper smelter 
English version with English subtitles
Spanish version with Spanish subtitles

 

Conflict Minerals

public  EN TIERRA HOSTIL  
A documentary about coltan mines in Africa. The video reinforces the BetterInMyBackard concept if the teacher points out the difference between European and African mines. The consequences of our purchase decisions can be addressed through the video if the public target are older students that can understand the the pressure that consumers can exert on equipment producers to publish their raw material suppliers, being transparent in the traceability and origin of the materials used. 
Spanish version

public  THE LIFE OF A CHILD WORKING IN A MINE  
A documentary about how is the life of children working in a mine. The video reinforces the BetterInMyBackard concept if the teacher points out the difference between European and African mines. The consequences of our purchase decisions can be addressed through the video if the public target are older students that can understand the the pressure that consumers can exert on equipment producers to publish their raw material suppliers, being transparent in the traceability and origin of the materials used. 
English version

public  HOW IS TO WORK IN A NON-SUSTAINABLE MINE (MYANMAR'S JADE RUSH)  
Hundreds of thousands of people have flocked there to scavenge among the rubble left over from the mine - hoping to get find fragments of the stone. It’s a dangerous job and heroin addiction among the miners and scavengers is endemic.
English subtitles (no audio)

public  BLOOD JADES: THE DARK SIDE OF MYANMAR'S JADE TRADE WITH CHINA 
The jade trade between Myanmar and China is worth an estimated US$30 billion a year - about half of Myanmar’s GDP. But jade mining is a bloodstained business built on drug addiction, slave labour and massive environmental destruction. Who should be responsible for the dark side of jade?
English (with English subtitles)

students  A TREASURE IN MY POCKET 
A short, fun and informative video on smartphones, more specifically focusing on how they are made, their chemical compounds, properties and complimentary information about where these elements are extracted and an introduction to geopolitical issues and conflict minerals, realised by Italian students.
English version, English and Italian subtitles

Exploration and Mining

public  LAS MEDULAS 
Promotional video to show the ancient techniques applied by Romans in Spain to transport water through the mountains to the Medulas gold mine.
Spanish version

public  MAGNA AND VIDEODIVERSITY  
There is a promotional video pointing out the MAGNA committed with the environmental protection, offering a tour of the biodiversity living around MAGNA facilities
English version
Spanish version

public  GRASBERG MINE, VIRTUAL TOUR    
FreeportFCX promotional video which offers a 360 virtual tour around the Grasberg mine in Indonesia.
English version, English subtitles

public  GRASBERG BLOCK CAVE MINING  
Videos explaining the mining techniques applied in the Grasberg underground operations.
English version

public  MINING DURING ROMAN TIMES 
Documentary (1 hour) about the ancient mining focused on the Roman techniques for minerals exploitation
Spanish version

students  ROBOBLOCKS 
An innovative teaching program about mine operations with application of roboblocks (LEGO ® Education). What do Lego Blocks and Mining have in common? Children are being familirised with mining through playing Lego Education blocks. The children's task is to build robots that can be found in underground mines every day. 
Available in English

kids  KOBOLD THE TREASURER  
A comic book “Kobold the Treasurer and a history of raw materials in a nutshell" and an application developed using Augmented Reality technology (AR), with Kobold the Treasurer, a creature who, for ages, has been guarding treasures hidden under the ground. Wandering with him, you will know the history of man and the raw materials he used. The applications were conceived mainly for tablets (or in general screens bigger than smartphone ones), especially to give the user the possibility to appreciate the different models.
Available in 9 languages: English, Polish, German, Spanish, French, Greek, Slovenian, Slovak, Ukrainian.

students  FROM EXPLORATION TO EXPLOITATION: A MINERALS ADVENTURE 
The educational program "From exploration to exploitation: A minerals adventure" was developed as a two-to-three-hour workshop in the form of an entrepreneurship game, aiming at familiarizing undergraduate students with the concepts of Mineral Research and the Exploitation of a given ore deposit. The operational environment is developed in a network application, where the participants, through their computer, are invited to play the geoscientist’s role and direct mineral research activities from the preliminary research phase to the possible exploitation of the ore body.
Available in English

students  MINING RELATIONSHIP WITH ODS  
Poster summarizing how mining helps to reach the SDG
Spanish version 

kids  MINING AGENDA 2020-2021 
Publication ready to print as scholar yearly agenda, containing general information about mining operations to introduce children
Spanish version

public  HOW TO PAN GOLD?  
Video to teach the gold panning technique and tips on final panning steps.
English version

 

public  MINING METHODS 
This page provides an easy to understand explanation about stages of mining operations and interesting figure to explain the Seabed Mining. 
English version

students  KEY STAGE 3 ROCKS 
General information presented as introduction to rocks: there are three main types of rock: igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic. They are formed in different ways and have different properties.
English version.

students  MINECRAFT MODELS  
Minecraft is a popular game that explores 3D worlds and as part of our commitment to engage with students, teachers and citizen scientists they are creating Minecraft models of selected regions of Alberta's geology, that can be checked here
Available in English
Explore the geology of Dinosaur Provincial Park through a video made of Minecraft
Available in English

 

 

VIDEO PIQUETO How would be your city without minerals? From minute 3. Recommended for younger pupils. 
English version

VIDEO SMH How would be your life without minerals? Recommended for older pupils. 
Video - only music

THE LIFE OF A CHILD WORKING IN A MINE 
English version

HOW TO PAN GOLD? 
English version

HOW LONG COIN BATTERY WILL LAST - OR IT IS UNLIMITED FREE ENERGY - SCIENCE EXPERIMENT
English version - Recommended for older pupils

HOW TO MADE A BATTERY? Recommended for older pupils. 
German version
English version

WHERE DOES METAL COME FROM?
English version

HOW WE USE MINERALS (GAME)
English version 

E-WASTE CALCULATOR: Have a scavenger hunt at home! 
English version

PROJECT ROMO VIDEOS
2018 English
2019 English, all languages subtitles

VIAJE AL CENTRO DE LOS MINERALES
Spanish version

CIRCULAR ECONOMY Circular Economy: discover what it is before the Planet explodes
Spanish version

HOW IS TO WORK IN A NON-SUSTAINABLE MINE (MYANMAR'S JADE RUSH)
English subtitles (no audio) 

BLOOD JADES: THE DARK SIDE OF MYANMAR'S JADE TRADE WITH CHINA
English (with English subtitles)

MINING METHODS (this page provides an easy to understand explanation)
English version 

KEY STAGE 3 ROCKS
English version

GCSE METALS
English version

GCSE CHEMISTRY OBTAINING AND USING METALS
English version

BRITISH GEOLOGICAL SURVEY RESOURCES
English version

ROCKS AND MINERALS MULTIPLE CHOICE QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
English version

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF GEOSCIENCE TEACHERS (NAGT) TEACHING RESOURCES - TEACHING ACTIVITIES ON MINERALS
English version

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EDUCATION RESOURCE LIBRARY
English version

FLASH SMELTING IN ATLANTIC COPPER
English version with English subtitles

CONVERSION, REFINING AND CASTING IN ATLANTIC COPPER
English version with English subtitles 

Spanish version with Spanish subtitles 

ATLANTIC COPPER: RECEPTION OF RAW MATERIALS
English version with English subtitles

THE CATHODE COPPER FROM ATLANTIC COPPER
English version with English subtitles 

Spanish version with Spanish subtitles 

INTERACTIVE ENCYCLOPEDIA FOR KIDS AND THEIR PARENTS The material is not free and it requires a subscription.
English version 

EN TIERRA HOSTIL A documentary about coltan mines
Spanish version 

GAME “LIFE WITHOUT RAW MATERIALS”
English version 

MINE VIDEO
English version 

MINECRAFT for gamified education 
Teaching about raw materials and geology with Minecraft
3D geological models in Minecraft
Geology of Alberta: Minecraft Edition

WEEE4Future
Unlock precious resources in your home

MICROSOFT FLIGHT SIMULATOR 2020 
Video

MINING AGENDA 2020-2021
Spanish version 

MINING RELATIONSHIP WITH ODS
Spanish version