Image of four teenagers enjoying themselves playing video games. Copper is used in gaming controllers, silicone in glasses, titanium in braces, and gold in VR headsets.

What on Earth is in your stuff?

Welcome to the 2021 WHERE Challenge Sponsored by Teck Resources Limited. The Challenge is a national contest endorsed by the Canadian Earth sciences community that asks students aged 9 – 14 years to discover the answers to these questions: What on Earth is in your stuff and WHERE on Earth does it come from? There are thousands of dollars in prizes to be won and you can enter as a group, an individual or a school. All you have to do is use your imagination and dig up some interesting facts about your stuff.

Why do metals and minerals matter to you?

Everything in our world that isn’t grown is made using rocks, minerals, metals and petroleum resources that are extracted from the Earth. We use rocks, minerals, metals and petroleum to build homes, electronics, and schools, to generate heat and power, and to make everyday comfort items like shampoo and toothpaste.

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Image of a child driving a go-kart. Iron is used in the frames of go-karts.
Image of five children riding bicycles, scooters and skateboards. They are happy and outdoors. Aluminum is used in scooters and bicycles.

Many prizes available to be won!

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Getting Started

Pick a favourite object in your home, school or playground, identify one or more non-renewable Earth resources* needed to make that object and tell us WHERE on Earth those resources come from. You may be surprised by how many are found in Canada. Your story can be told through a story or poem, a song or a play, a poster, an audio, video or multimedia presentation or anything else you can dream up. The more original, the better!

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