Ignite Inspire Educate. At Alaska Resource Education we believe these three words are the key to bringing Alaska's resources out of the ground and into the classroom. Founded in 1982, we are a 501(c)(3) educational non-profit whose mission is to teach students about Alaska's natural resources. Based in Anchorage with a statewide reach, Alaska Resource Education (ARE) has developed a custom curriculum, a teacher training course, hands-on activities, youth programs, and our "Alaska Resource Kit" so that our students - and teachers - have the basic materials, lessons and information they need for an educated, thoughtful, investigation of Alaska's resource industries and their contribution to the birth, growth and modernization of the State of Alaska. An Alaska-specific Curriculum A partnership between the Alaska Department of Education and private industry, we provide STEM-focused education programs that take science principles as they relate to natural resources and make them Alaska-specific. Our curriculum is a collection of K-8 (adaptable 9-12) science-based lessons on mineral, energy and forestry resources to which the state science standards have been applied. Our curriculum is distributed and taught through our course, kit, and other programs. read more STEM-focused Continuing Education Alaska Resource Education brings STEM-focused resource education to teachers statewide through "Rock & Roll Around Alaska," a 500-level University of Alaska course. This course provides hands-on training for teachers to unpack, experience, and apply the immense amount of materials contained in our curriculum and kits. After completing this course, educators return to their students ready to teach about Alaska specific mineral, energy and forest resources.Statewide kits and classroom visits We also distribute our kits statewide - free of charge - to any educator who requests one, and have a number of youth programs that we both participate in and organize ourselves. The Minor Miners and Energy Einsteins are ARE's original programs, which give kids the opportunity to interact with and learn from industry professionals about resources here in Alaska. We also offer classroom visits by our Education Program Manager, who teaches one of our interactive lessons in the classroom such as Jelly Belly Geology , Mine a Pie , or many others!From Public to Private Schools, a K-12 reach of thousands Alaska Resource Education serves hundreds of educators from all public school districts, many private schools, and individually reaches thousands of K-12 school students statewide through their programming. As the leader in Alaska-specific resource education, it is our goal to ignite young minds and inspire teachers and students alike about the vast possibilities of resources and their uses in our daily lives. Want to learn more about what ARE does? Learn more here.