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WHERE Challenge Mini

Mining Matters is adding a new series of contests to complement our annual WHERE Challenge.

In this series of mini challenges, a new contest will be announced each month during which participants will have a chance to win some awesome prizes, including colouring books, personal protective equipment and more!

Read the full contest rules to the right to learn how you can enter. All winners will be selected by random draw.

WHERE Challenge Logo with Teck (Final)
About the Contest

Much like our annual WHERE Challenge, WHERE Challenge Mini is designed to inspire youth to discover the non-renewable resources used to make everyday items. With a new topic each month, each individual contest is a condensed version of the larger WHERE Challenge for those who are unable to enter the main contest – or those who want more chances to win!

*Please note that this contest is only available to Canadian residents.*

Click here to view contest rules.

To participate in the contest, complete the REGISTRATION FORM.

September Contest


Calling all teachers and students! After a long, hot summer it's time to get back to the classroom!

As you're organizing your notebooks and laptop in your backpack, filling your pencil case, and packing your lunchbox before jumping on the school bus, we want you to think – what's it all made of?

Mining Matters has a back to school challenge for you! Here it is: That pencil didn't originate in your pencil case, and your laptop was not grown in a store. You may be surprised to learn what your school supplies are made from!

THE CHALLENGE: Write a short blurb describing three non-renewable resources that are used in common school supplies and why they are important.

BONUS ENTRY: Photograph the items you described and submit them too!

1. Complete the registration form. Parental/legal guardian consent is required.
2. Use the bottom of the registration form to submit your entry! Additional entries can be emailed to [email protected] once registration and parental consent is received. Please ensure your name AND your parents name is included in the email so we can properly allocate your additional entries.

*Once you have registered, you can submit as many answers as you would like. Each unique answer will get you an extra entry into the draw*.

Deadline to enter: September 20 at 11:59 PM EDT. A winner will be selected by random draw on September 21 and contacted via email. 
PRIZE: The winner will receive a Mining Matters Prize Pack full of geology-themed activities!
Mining Matters thanks all participants. Remember – if you don't win this month, check back in October for another challenge!