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MineOpportunity Games hosted at Laurentian University

Over 300 students and teachers from 13 schools representing all four local school boards are expected to attend.

April 25, 2024 - On May 1st, Modern Mining and Technology Sudbury (MMTS), in collaboration with Laurentian University and the Goodman School of Mines, will be hosting the MineOpportunity Games as part of Modern Mining & Technology Week in Sudbury. Over the past 18 years, more than 4000 local English and French high school and postsecondary students have been educated on the modern technologies and career possibilities in the mineral resources industry through the MineOpportunity Games.

The MineOpportunity Games teach skills and knowledge about academic pathways, industry leaders, and career possibilities within the mineral resources industry in Greater Sudbury. To play the game, teams of students roll their dice on a gameboard and actively engage with academic and industry professionals to learn about programs, company operations, and careers. Teams start with a set budget and play the board game to increase their income by building mines, finding answers to industry-related questions, and completing hands-on tasks. Advancing in the game requires students to find answers and complete challenges related to mining technology, engineering, geosciences, the environment, business, health and safety, careers, corporate social responsibility, and more. The game requires students to collaborate, interact, and research. By leveraging these skills, the "wealthiest" teams at the end of the game, win.

This year’s event is bigger than ever, since both French and English games are being hosted on the same day. Over 300 students and teachers from 13 schools representing all four local school boards are expected to attend. Partnering organizations eager to interact with students during the games include: Laurentian University, Cambrian College, Vale, Glencore, Technica Mining, Unmanned Aerial Services, Orix Geosciences, Levert, Deswik, Responsible Mining Solutions, NSS, Norcat, Froskr, Bestech, Epiroc, Sandvik, MineConnect, Women in Mining, and Cementation.

The games are free of cost for students and schools, thanks to partner companies who are donating their time to attend, and to MMTS sponsors who financially support all of their events. We would like to thank this year’s generous MMTS sponsors and partners: Laurentian University, Vale, Glencore, Technica Mining, Komatsu, Maestro Digital Mine, KGHM International, CIM Sudbury Branch, Sudbury Prospector & Developers Association, Sudbury Geological Discussion Group, SOVFIE, Sudbury Rock and Lapidary Society, Hyperflo, My Mining Tee, PG Creative, the Web Boutique. Ontario Ministry of Mines, Dynamic Earth, College Boreal, and Rainbow District School Board.


Laurentian University: Parker, Cliff Fielding, and Fraser Buildings

Games Schedule:

May 1st, 2024

9:30-10:00 - Game Overview and Board assignment (Fraser Auditorium)

10:00-11:30 - Game Play - part 1 (Parker and Cliff Fielding)

11:30-12:00 - Lunch (Parker and Cliff Fielding)

12:00-12:45 - Game play - part 2 (Parker and Cliff Fielding)

12:45-1:00- Tally winners at boards

1:00-1:30 - Awards ceremony (Fraser Auditorium)

Team Categories:

English Junior - Grades 9-10

English Senior - Grades 11-12

French Junior - Grades 9-10

French Senior - Grades 11-12

Prizes (each category):

1st - $75 Best Buy Gift Card + Winning Banner

2nd - $50 Best Buy Gift Card + Winning Banner

3rd - $25 Best Buy Gift Card + Winning Banner