On Thursday 29th, Friday 30th and Saturday 31st March 2018, 40 teams from universities in Australia, USA, Brazil and Europe will be taking part in three days of physical and mental mining-related challenges at King Edward Mine. The event will remind the world that Cornwall and specifically the Camborne School of Mines continues to make a valuable contribution which will inspire children in local schools to think about an exciting future career in engineering.
Alex Perry (Chair of CSM International Mining Games) said; “I consider myself fortunate have studied at CSM and as I near completion of my degree have come to appreciate the significance of the reputation and history of CSM. The mining games are a unique opportunity to show-case a modern mining industry to Cornwall and to the world. The publicity surrounding the Games will play an important part in inspiring young people to get involved with sciences and engineering" During the competition the teams will be heaving mine wagons, laying rail tracks and chiselling through granite. Events such as ‘jackleg drilling’, ‘mucking’ and ‘track stand’ test the competitors’ physical strength, speed and endurance, while challenges like surveying depend more on knowledge and quick thinking. All rely on preparation and excellent teamwork.
Thursday 29th March is a training day when competing teams from across the world meet and practice the events. It will be a chance for teams to see who their likely rivals will be, test unfamiliar equipment and iron out any last minute issues. Friday 30th March will be the first main day of competition that sees the Women’s, Mixed (Co-ed) and Alumni Teams compete across the six of the seven events. The Men’s teams will be competing in the Survey event. The final day of competition will be on Saturday 31st March with Men’s teams competing for the top places. The Women’s, Mixed (Co-ed) and Alumni teams will be competing in the Survey event.
King Edward Mine, near Camborne, has a long history of mining education and is once again the main venue. During the IMG contest, King Edward Mine’s mill and museum will be open, and there will be regular tours so that the public can see the rare, historic mining equipment working to process tin ore. Kevin Baker, director of King Edward Mine Museum, said: "We are delighted to be able to help host the Mining Games. There could be nowhere more appropriate for this event. This will be good for CSM, Camborne and Cornwall"
Over the winter, King Edward Mine has been running a regular Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Club for primary school children on Saturday mornings. Recent renewed interest in science-based activities has meant that the club is over-subscribed but a new programme is expected to be organised later in the year. To round off the International Mining Games, on Sunday 1st April the Man Engine will be on its Resurrection Tour at Heartlands, near Camborne. Will Coleman (Director of The Man Engine) will be presenting the largest mechanical puppet ever constructed in Great Britain.
The event is free for spectators though visitors are encouraged to obtain tickets online. This can be done by searching ‘International Mining Games' on www.eventbrite.co.uk.
There will be a park and ride service from Heartlands on the Friday 30th and Saturday 31st from 9am.
The Games return to the UK, after recent competitions in USA and Australia, and are being hosted by the Camborne School of Mines (CSM). The globally recognised mining school is now based at Tremough in Penryn and continues to thrive under the stewardship of the University of Exeter.