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A golden mine in my pocket

« Raw Matters Ambassadors at Schools » (RM@Schools) is a European project involving approximately twenty universities and research centres, including the University of Liège.

As part of the project, teams from Réjouisciences, the “Génie Minéral, Matériaux et Environnement” (GeMMe) Laboratory and the education service at the Maison de la Métallurgie et de l’Industrie de Liège (MMIL) have put together a series of educational packs and experiment kits involving raw materials, which are aimed at school pupils (between the ages of 10-19). These experiment kits cover the life cycles of raw materials: from extraction to recycling.

Mobile phones aren’t leaving us any time soon. All over the world, almost fifty are sold every second! And yet huge quantities of raw materials are used to make them. This means that using them has a significant impact on the environment. Moreover, using mobile phones on such a scale also raises the question of what do to with the ones that are no longer in use. Currently, barely 10% of mobile phones are recycled. This mass of discarded phones is causing the build up of veritable urban mines containing dozens of raw materials that could potentially be recycled. Recycling them presents a real challenge for science.

This project, still ongoing, includes demonstrations and hands-on activities aimed at pupils aged 10 and upwards and are designed to be easily replicated in the classroom. They are accompanied by some extremely comprehensive educational packs.

Furthermore, we also make it possible for teachers and their classes to go on guided visits to the Maison de la Métallurgie et de l’Industrie de Liège (MMIL) and the “Génie Minéral, Matériaux et Environnement” (GeMMe) Laboratory at the University of Liège as well as companies visits.


Aluminium: from its extraction to its use in the manufacturing of smartphones

With the help of a short video and commentary, take your pupils on the journey of aluminium: from the mine to the mobile phone.

Presentation of the Chuquicamata copper mine

With the help of a short video and commentary, let your pupils discover the copper production cycle by honing in on the Chuquicamata mine in Chile, the largest copper mine in the world.



This activity has received funding from the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT),
a body of the European Union, under the Horizon 2020, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.