About the Contest

Much like our annual WHERE Challenge, WHERE Challenge Mini is designed to inspire youth to discover the non-renewable resources that are used to make the items we use every day. Each individual contest is a condensed version of the larger WHERE Challenge for those who are unable to enter the main contest.

*Please note that this contest is only available to Canadian residents.*

Click here to view the contest rules.

To participate in the contest, complete the REGISTRATION FORM.

October Contest

October is a spooky season, a time for scary movies and stories! Did you know the Earth has some pretty scary scenes in real life? Natural hazards, such as tsunamis, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions can be terrifying and dangerous for people living nearby. This month, Mining Matters wants you to think about natural hazards and the different things we can do to protect ourselves from them.

Logo with the text 'WHERE Challenge Mini' is displayed prominently. Below the logo is a smaller text that acknowledges the challenge sponsor, 'Teck Resources Limited.' Images show rubble from a building destroyed by an earthquake, a hurricane that looks like a swirl of wind, and an exploding volcano. The overlaid text on the image extends an invitation to the reader. It encourages them to take part in the October challenge by visiting the website WHEREChallenge.ca. At the bottom of the image, the words 'water,' 'hazards,' 'energy,' 'resources,' and 'environment' are neatly displayed. These words represent the acronym 'WHERE' and symbolize the diverse areas where Earth scientists work.

The Challenge: Pick one kind of natural hazard and write a paragraph about why it happens and how people can prepare to limit the amount of danger and damage as much as possible.

BONUS Entry: Earthquakes actually happen all the time, but usually they are too small for us to feel. How do scientists measure earthquakes?

How to Enter:
1. Use the top of the registration form to submit your entry (and bonus)! Additional entries can be submitted through submitting the form again or emailed to info@miningmatters.ca, please use the subject line: WHERE Challenge Mini. Please ensure your name AND your parent’s name are included in the email so we can properly allocate your additional entries.
2. Complete the registration form. Parental/legal guardian consent is required.

*Once you have registered, you can submit as many answers as you would like. Each unique set of answers will get you an extra entry into the draw*.

Deadline to enter: October 20 at 11:59 PM ET. A winner will be selected by random draw and will be sent an email.

Prize: Winners will receive a Mining Matters Prize Pack full of geology-themed activities!

Mining Matters thanks all participants. Remember – if you don’t win this month, check back next month for another challenge!

Registration Form

    Participant Response

    Child Information

    I have read the Rules and agree to the Terms and Conditions.


    Parent/Guardian Information

    You will receive an email confirmation of your child's submission.

    I give permission for my child to enter the contest, agree to the Rules and confirm that I have reviewed the information in this registration form.

    Optional Permission to Correspond

    Thank you for providing the above information. This form completes the registration process for your child to participate in the Mining Matters WHERE Challenge Mini contest for the current month.