Mining Rocks! Contest

As students settle into the new school year, the Mining Association of Nova Scotia (MANS) is hoping to inspire junior high and high schools to get creative – and win big.

MANS announced the launch of the “Mining ROCKS! Video Contest”.  The contest, which is open to all junior high and high school students in Nova Scotia, encourages kids to produce short videos about mining and quarrying.  The winners in four different categories will be awarded $1500, with $500 going to their school.

“The videos can be about virtually any aspect of mining and quarrying, including its economic importance, environment and reclamation, historical facts and beneficial end-uses of mining products,” said Sean Kirby, Executive Director.  “And we encourage students to have fun with it – to be creative and make their video stand out from the crowd.”

“I am very pleased to be a judge for the video contest and to work in partnership with the mining association on educating students about the industry,” said Membertou Chief Terry Paul.  “We all want to create more opportunities and a brighter future for our children, and the video contest is a good way to teach them about mining.”

Students will upload their video to the MANS website and a panel of judges, who are mainly independent of the industry, will pick the winners for the Best Junior High School Video, Best High School Video and Best 30-Second Commercial.  The fourth category, the CIM Foundation People’s Choice winner, will be decided by the public through an online vote. 

The judging panel includes Zach Churchill, Minister of Natural Resources, Membertou Chief Terry Paul, Cecil Clarke, Mayor of Cape Breton Regional Municipality, Anne Loi, Senior Vice President, DHX Media, Stephen Cooke, Chronicle Herald arts reporter, Jeff Parker, Viewfinders Manager, Atlantic Film Festival, Michael Amo, Screenwriter and creator of CTV’s “The Listener”, Stephen Melanson, Instructor, Radio and Television Arts Department, NSCC, Iain MacLeod, Marking Consultant, Pat Mills, Mining Association Past President

The contest will award over $9000 in prizes in its first year.  All prize money given to schools comes with no strings attached and can be spent on each school’s priorities.

The deadline for video entries is February 20, 2015.

To watch the movie trailer for the Mining ROCKS! Video Contest, go to

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