Zobel Exhibit Hall at sterling hill mine Sterling Hill Mining Museum, NJ

 

attractions in new jersey Tour Sterling Hill Mining Museum nj

 

trex dinosaur

A full-size replica Tyrannosaurus Rex Skull in the Zobel Exhibit Hall.

 

 

hemimorphite

Hemimorphite

 

 

mining equipment

edison's electric cap lamp

The Museum is filled with mining artifacts including Thomas Edison’s Electric Cap Lamps lite the mine years ago.

Learn more about our Edison Connection.

 

Education Opportunities at SHMM

 

NOTE:   The workshops listed below are for 2010 and are only examples of what we plan to offer in 2011. The 2012 calendar will be posted soon.

(Teacher Workshop)
Teacher workshop: Introduction to Paleontology
Where: Sterling Hill
Time:
TBD
Description: Attendees to this workshop will be introduced to Paleontology, the study of ancient life. This will include a review of what defines a fossil, along with key terms and concepts used by paleontologists. Next a look at the major biological groups of organisms, including dinosaurs, will be presented as they pertain to paleontology. The use of dinosaurs as an interest hook for students to science, English and math will be discussed, including strategies of how to help a student who may already know more than the teacher does about the subject matter.

A review of classroom exercises and potential class field trips for the New Jersey metropolitan area will be presented to the attendees. Pending time, a group discussion of how to teach evolution and geologic time will close the class.

Fees: $40 per attendee
To register for this event: contact Teresa Crerand, SHMM Education Coordinator, at tcrerand@ptd.net.

 

(Teacher Workshop)
Teacher workshop: Minerals
Where: Sterling Hill
Time:
9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Description: This workshop is designed to show teachers how to "hook" students by featuring minerals as objects of fascination rather than simply components of rocks. Attendees will learn how to construct a compass from a natural mineral, see how nature created fiber-optic materials long before they were made in a laboratory, learn why diamonds are called "ice" among jewel thieves, and experience minerals that produce double vision without alcohol.

By the time attendees complete this workshop they will have a thorough grounding in the properties of minerals and how those properties are related to one another. Numerous hands-on classroom activities will be discussed. This workshop is readily adaptable to applications in physics and chemistry classes. Our facilities at Sterling Hill can accommodate up to 40 participants, but almost always we will hold attendance to 25 people or fewer.

Fees: $40 per attendee
To register for this event: contact Teresa Crerand, SHMM Education Coordinator, at tcrerand@ptd.net.

 

(Teacher Workshop)
Teacher workshop: Introduction to Sterling Hill Mining Museum
Where: Sterling Hill
Time:
9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Description: Each participant will receive a free copy of The Tour Guide’s Guidebook to the SHMM and will be introduced to pre-visit and post-visit classroom activities to use in your school. This workshop is designed for teachers who wish to develop their students' class trip to Sterling Hill into classroom learning exercises. In addition to an underground zinc mine, the Sterling Hill Mining Museum features both indoor and outdoor exhibits on many facets of mining and the uses of mined materials in society.

Workshop attendees will spend much of the morning in the mine and will concentrate on three subjects: the geology of the mine, safety practices that were employed while the mine was active, and the use of physics in developing an efficient mining process. During the afternoon we will tour the grounds outdoors, where large pieces of mining and milling equipment are on view. The day concludes in the Zobel Exhibit Hall, where more than 20,000 objects related to mining are on display. The focus throughout is to learn what this historic industrial site has to offer as an instructional resource.

Fees: $40 per attendee
To register for this event: contact Teresa Crerand, SHMM Education Coordinator, at tcrerand@ptd.net.

 

Note:  Though the workshops and field trips listed above are designed with educators in mind, they are open to the public as well.  Employees of the museum can attend any of these events free of charge.