Physical Science (Geology Program)
Highline Community College
The High Cost of High Tech: Environmental and Human Costs of Metals part of Curriculum for the Bioregion:Activities
This module is intended for students in an entry-level Environmental Geology class. Students conduct independent research on metal and metal ores resources, including exploring the human and environmental costs of metal mining, consumption, disposal, and recycling. A series of worksheets, completed outside of class, guide students in examining their own use and consumption of metals, learn the true importance of metals in their lives, and the impact of resource consumption to the human community. Class discussion, based on student research findings, allows the instructor to highlight sustainable resource consumption and social injustice issues not normally addressed in geology classes.