Did you know that fireworks give off different colours according to their ingredients, and copper creates the blue ones? By introducing chemicals and metals ground into tiny particles, different colours can be created for a fireworks display. When a firework explodes, the metal particles start oxidising, which creates the heat needed to excite the particles so they emit light and colour.”

Want to learn more? Welcome to our education pages!

In our collection of resources for students (11–18), teachers and anyone else interested in copper, you can learn about copper in biology, chemistry and physics, and discover why it is so important in modern society, as well as for industry, infrastructures, automobiles and a wide variety of professions.

Copper Development Association provides its materials in electronic format, which can be downloaded. Hard copies of some publications can be ordered (free-of-charge) using the ‘shopping basket’ icon.

Additionally, those students who want to be part of a sustainable and environmental-friendly industry can learn more about careers in the copper industry on our Working with Copper page.

Click Education Resources below to browse the full range of topics, divided into subject and age group.

Education Resources

CDA supports education through a collection of Chemistry, Physics and Biology resources.

Copper Facts

Visit this page to learn 30 facts about copper, its properties and alloys.


See details of the latest education competition and browse winners from previous years.

Working With Copper

Copper is used in far more professions than most people realise. Find out more here.
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    Sixty Centuries of Copper
    education, history, mining, schools
    This book by B Webster Smith replaces 'Copper Through the Ages' issued in 1934. It is intended for those interested in the history of copper mining, the development of metal-working processes and the uses of copper through the past six thousand years.
    Pub 191 - The Friendly Metal - What Does Copper Do for Me
    Cartoon leaflet, aimed at school children, highlighting the role of copper in our daily lives. 2007. 8pp.
    Pub 121 - Copper - The Vital Metal
    £ 0.00
    coppers, alloys, applications, history, schools
    An illustrated introduction to the history, metallurgy, production, and applications of copper and copper alloys. (Revision of Book 1). 1998. 42pp.
    P9 - A Day in the Life of Cuthbert Copperfeld Poster
    £ 0.00
    schools, science
    Winning poster from our 'Curious about Copper' poster competition to design an original poster that will appeal to a target audience of 11-16 year olds, highlighting the vital role copper plays in our daily lives. 2011.
    P7 - Copper - The Vital Metal Poster
    health, recyclability, schools, science
    A2 poster highlighting copper's key role in technology, energy and health, and its recyclability.
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