Public Information and Education (PIE) Committee

The IAAP is committed to helping its members educate the general public about the aggregates industry and its importance in our everyday lives.  We do this by sponsoring or participating in many educational events around the State.  The Committee also develops and makes available numerous educational materials relating to earth science; geology; mine reclamation, and the many uses for products made from minerals, crushed stone, sand and gravel.

The purpose of the PIE Committee is to

  • Educate the public about the aggregates industry;
  • Encourage and support IAAP member’s educational efforts during classroom visits, school tours and open house events at their mining operations;
  • Develop and present the annual Illinois Teachers Workshop providing science teachers with educational training and materials about Illinois geology, mining, land reclamation, and environmental issues for use in the classroom; and,
  • Administer the IAAP’s Community Relations award program and Russ Brielman Teaching Enhancement Grant.

The Committee membership is comprised of

  • Aggregate Producer members (large, medium and small companies in Illinois and neighboring states)
  • Associate members (engineering and consulting firms)
  • Agency representatives (IDNR, ISGS, etc.)
  • Educational institution representatives (Illinois colleges, museums, etc.)

Current activities of the PIE Committee

Review of Teachers Workshop in Galena, July 17-19, 2017
Planning for 2018 Teachers Workshop at Western Illinois University
Review of responses to one-year-later survey sent to 2016 workshop teachers
Review of PIE participation at IAAP Golf Outing and sales of 50/50 raffle tickets.
Planning for PIE participation at IAAP convention – April 11-12, 2018
Progress report on IAAP website rebuild
Planning for ISTA Conference at NIU Holmes Student Center in DeKalb, October 27-28
Review of IDNR mined minerals display at State Fairs.
Future collaboration with Springfield Kidzeum, Homewood Science Center, and regional offices of education.
Report on collaboration between PIE Committee and IAAP Education Foundation Committee to implement a new plan for encouraging students to seek a career in the aggregates industry.

IAAP Illinois Teachers Workshop: Rocks, Minerals & Mining in Today's Society

Kindergarten through 12th grade teachers looking to gain additional training and educational tools for teaching earth science in the classroom should consider participating in the annual IAAP Illinois Teachers Workshop.  This three-day workshop during the summer is designed to inform Illinois educators about the importance of rocks, minerals, and mining in everyday life.  This goal is accomplished by allowing teachers to tour active mining operations and by providing information, tools, and activities they can take back to their classrooms.  Graduate level and professional development credits are also available to teachers for completion of the Workshop.

Community Relations Award (download application packet near top of this page)

This award recognizes IAAP Producer Member companies whose community involvement and support activities have enhanced the public's perception of the aggregates industry in general and the individual producer's aggregate operation in particular. By doing so, the IAAP hopes to encourage more and continued public outreach by its members in the future.

Russ Brielman Teaching Enhancement Grant (Application Deadline: June 15th)

The Russ Brielman Teaching Enhancement Grant has been established in honor of Russ Brielman’s long record of encouragement and support of classroom teachers through his numerous outreach activities as a founding member of the Illinois Association of Aggregate Producers – Public Information and Education Committee and the Teachers Workshop. The Russ Brielman Teaching Enhancement Grant shall enhance student (K-12) learning about earth science, the aggregate mining industry, mined land reclamation, resource sustainability, or resource stewardship by providing a grant to a school on behalf of a classroom teacher to support a class activity that is an outgrowth of the teacher’s experience at the annual IAAP Teachers Workshop. The maximum grant is $500.

Educational Resources Library

The IAAP has many excellent educational materials in stock to help support our members’ mine tours and classroom visits.   Some materials are free for the asking; other resources may be borrowed for use during classroom visits and mine tours.  All of these educational materials are top quality products that you will be proud to give away or use. 

Links to Websites for Additional Information and Educational Resources

Rocks and Minerals in Today's World (PowerPoint presentation)

Illinois Department of Natural Resources – Office of Mines and Minerals

IDNR Rock Box traveling exhibit

Illinois State Geological Survey

U.S. Geological Survey education resources

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) - U.S. Department of Labor

RockSmart education materials (Vulcan Materials Company)

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History: Geology, Gems and Minerals

NSTA - National Science Teachers Association

Mineral Information Institute - Free K-12 teachers resources, lesson plans, geology & minerals

National Energy Foundation: Energy, Education, Conservation, Awareness, Efficiency

National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association

Women in Mining Free downloadable hands-on minerals activities suitable for use in the classroom, at home, or as illustrative demonstrations at community events (National Standards Included!).

Construction Industry Career Information at

Construction Challenge - International competition for high school students interested in a career in the construction industry

Discover How Rocks Are Formed:

Earth Science Resources:

Educational Resources for K-16 (Kentucky Geological Survey):

Free downloadable hands on minerals activities National Standards Included:

Free Educational Materials from the IDNR:

Free Teaching and Learning Resources from Federal Agencies:

Fryxell Geology Museum at Augustana College:

Geology, Gems and Minerals @ National Museum of Natural History:

GSA Free Teacher Resources:

Illinois Fossil Trunk - borrow from the IDNR:

Illinois State Museum Education Resources: - The Mineral and Locality Database:

Mineral Information Finder

Minerals Education Coalition lesson plans and more

OneGeology - Making Geological Map Data for the Earth Accessible

People and Animals from Illinois’ Past Trunk - borrow from the IDNR

The Dynamic Earth @ National Museum of Natural History

USGS Educational Resources

USGS virtual tours and 3-D images 

ISGS Publications including Geology of Illinois textbook

Free K-12 teachers resources, lesson plans, geology & minerals

Websites Containing Educational Materials Related to Geology, Minerals, and Environmental Facts

Use Google Earth to view Illinois bedrock geology and faults by creating a KMZ file:

If you want to have the ability to see the individual layers try this link:

Select the Faults and Bedrock then click vector layers as vectors and raster layers as images.  This will download a KMZ file to your computer which can be opened in Google Earth.

ALL ABOUT MINING : A Total Concept of the Mining Industry is an in-depth course designed for K–12 teachers, school administrators, counselors, librarians and other educators.