Rare Earth Metals: Abundant Uses (Ages 13-14)
What do 17 rare earth elements predominately at the bottom of the periodic table have in common? They are a coveted group of metals that more abundant than their names imply but costly to process.
Come learn how rare earth metals can not only disrupt the economic growth of growing global market of consumer electronics and renewable energy but serve as the catalyst for political tensions between countries such as the U.S., China, and other southeast Asian countries.
Engage in a multidisciplinary approach to the study of these metals and how different professionals such as chemists, geologists, and politicians are addressing future mining and access. What policies can you advocate to make these indispensable metals accessible? What efforts of safe alternatives can you recommend that could reduce the dependence on foreign markets? With the U.S. as the primary consumer of these metals mined largely in China, is the U.S responsible for the billions of dollars it takes to clean up production wastes and ensure the environmental safety abroad?
Come debate your ideas and propose solutions to an economic and political future you want to experience!