The Critical Materials Institute developed a museum exhibit at the Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum.
The Critical Materials Museum Exhibit is a prototype exhibit for education professionals interested in building a similar exhibit.
A series of "how to" reports were generated at key stages of the design-build process:
- First report: Critical Materials Museum Display Status and "How-To" Report No. 1, nine-page pdf. The report includes links to exhibit case vendors and these links:
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- Second report: CMI museum exhibit report 2: What to consider before and during the Acquisition Process, six-page pdf. The report includes questions to ask for a successful design build, budget and communication, as well as a brief guide for purchasing minerals, chemicals and cases. The report includes these links for minerals:
- Third report (final report): CMI museum report 3: final report, a 15-page finale includes progress update and lessons learned in creating the exhibit at Colorado School of Mines
The museum exhibit opened to local visitors in December 2015. Highlights in developing the exhibit include:
- Fall 2015, exhibit installation
- February 2016, grand opening
- Summer 2016, solar panels installed to power exhibit at the Mines Geology Museum
- December 2016, Solar Installation Workshop
CMI offered a Solar Installation Workshop including more than two dozen people from Red Rocks Community College and Colorado School of Mines. RRCC Instructor Troy Wanek (Solar Energy Environments owner and solar installer), shared details of a solar install on a government building. He led the group through the install process, including a walk-through from the solar panel outside, through the warehouse, to the phosphor and efficient lighting components of the Critical Materials Exhibit. The unique solar panel installation at the CSM Geology Museum began from the donation of a CdTe solar panel (from First Solar) and a CIGS panel (from EPRI; made by Solar Frontier). These two panels (CdTe and CIGS) were installed and now power a portion of the Critical Materials exhibit inside the museum, creating the first working solar photovoltaic module system at Mines.
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