Attention Grades 4-6 teachers! Each summer, the Eastern Coal Council offers a teacher Field Program in Wise, VA.  It is usually held in July.  For the summer 2013 program, the program was titled “Project Coal To Electricity.”  For more information, contact Barbara Altizer at  or visit the Eastern Coal Council website.  

The city of Bluefield, WV, is once again hosting its annual Bluefield Coal Show, “A Coal Show for Coal People.”  With more than 240 exhibitors expected over three days, September 11, 12 and 13, the Bluefield Coal Show will feature companies from 32 states and 4 countries, all involved in providing jobs, services and products for the mining of coal.  For more information, contact the Bluefield Chamber of Commerce at or

Educational groups such as the Lignite Energy CouncilThe Colorado Mining Foundation, the Indiana Division of Reclamation, the Missouri Minerals Education Foundation, and others offer teacher workshops to provide hands-on learning about energy, coal, and mining through activities and lesson plans.  In addition, the Center for Applied Energy Research (CAER) at the University of Kentucky has published their Energeia newsletter containing information about their MathCounts event.

For information regarding coal education and workshops, visit the websites of the following groups known as CEDAR (Coal Education Development and Resource):
Kentucky Chapter
West Virginia Chapter

If you reside in Texas, check out the teacher workshops in coal, uranium or industrial minerals conducted by the Texas Mining and Reclamation Association.

Cadiz, Kentucky K-3 Students Celebrate Appalachian Days
With materials supplied by the American Coal Foundation, the K-3 students of Trigg County Primary School spent three days in March 2009 learning about the culture and history of Appalachia, including the area’s long association with coal mining.  Lead by Instructional Assistant Cheryl Bowers, who transformed a storage closet into a “coal mine”, the students donned donated hard hats and entered the mock mine, where they experienced total darkness for a few seconds.  Before entering the mine, the students learned about mine safety, the importance of coal in today’s world, where coal is mined, and got to handle pieces of real coal.  Appalachian Days also exposed the students to various cultural activities, including regional music, folk dancing, folk tales, and crafts such as candle dipping and basket weaving.