November 10, 2017
The Illinois Association of Aggregates Producers‘ (IAAP) Public Information and Education (PIE) Committee was asked to come to Malcolm X College in Chicago during a National Chemistry Week event to help people better understand mining and materials in October 2017, the IAAP newsletter, Update, reports. During the event, students and their parents visited many displays and talked with representatives from numerous organizations focused on chemistry and participated in experiments, hands-on activities, and attended chemistry-related lectures.
PIE Committee member Karen Crom (Beverly Materials) and IAAP Assistant Director Shawn McKinney were in charge of a rock and mineral matching game that illustrated the connection between finished products and the raw materials used to produce them. Posters from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources’ Illinois Mining series illustrated Illinois’ mined products used in everyday items.
Brian Lutey, Vice-President of Sustainability and Compliance at Ozinga Ready Mix Concrete, gave a presentation on the chemistry of making concrete and how it is the most sustainable building material because of its extremely long life cycle, minimal maintenance, and use of locally sourced materials.