Scott Thomson, Finning International’s President and CEO, visited the Britannia Mine Museum this week to provide a $100,000 donation for construction of the Terra Lab. The donation will allow the Museum to redevelop the existing Assay Building into a purpose-built educational space. The project is part of the Museum’s commitment to providing B.C.’s teachers with engaging STEM-based education programs that inspire students to think about the science and technology of mining.
STEM education integrates ideas from four specific disciplines—science, technology, engineering, and math—enabling student learning through real-world exploration of concepts. Through its continued development, STEM programming aims to inspire future generations to pursue careers that push the limits of technological innovation. STEM programs have received a renewed focus because “young people are still disengaging too early from STEM disciplines and too many are closing doors to the future,” according to Dr. Bonnie Schmidt—President and Founder of Let’s Talk Science.
Development of the Terra Lab will make the Museum even more accessible for over 10,000 students who come on field trips each year. The adaptable learning space will allow for more robust educational programming to be offered year-round on subjects including mineral science and environmental remediation.
The development of the Terra Lab is part of the larger Mill Show Project whose funding was announce in March 2018 which will see the launch of the Museum’s new Mill Show experience.
The following article was originally published in the Spring 2019 edition of What's Insight magazine.
The Sleeping Giant was produced as part of a revitalization project of a former iron-smelting blast furnace. It held a special place in the hearts of the local population, many who worked there when it was in operation, and it needed to find a new way to tell its story.
One of the oldest pieces of Mill no.3 is the skip—a 3-tonne rail car that transported equipment to and from the upper levels of the Mill.