August 1, 2007 by NRCCE News
Morgantown, W.Va. — NRCCE’s Paul Crumrine explains the Chocolate Chip Cookie Mining game to WVU President David Hardesty at the 2007 West Virginia State Fair. The game is much like Monopoly in that each player buys “property” with money to make a profit and win. But this game is much more interactive (and messy) in that the property is a real chocolate chip cookie that kids must mine for chips using toothpicks or paperclips and then sell the chips to the power company. The game gives kids an introduction to the economics and importance of coal mining and is always a big hit. It includes lessons in mining operations, stewardship, and the reclamation process.