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Elementary Science Education

Where metals come from–mineral to metal


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      Bernard Nebel

      With magnet in hand have kids note how many things are made of iron (steel)–kitchen utensils and appliances, tools, nails and screws, auto parts, to heavy machinery, and structural beams. Where does iron/steel come from? Iron atoms are found in various minerals (referred to as ores). The multiple steps from mining the ore to making finished products are shown in the following video. (While an undeniable promotional for AK Steel, it is nevertheless an excellent video, about 20 minutes in length.) Also google:  iron ore mines images
      (Please post questions that kids ask.)

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