Students from the Camborne School of Mines in Cornwall, U.K., are attending the International Intercollegiate Mining Games, aided by sponsorship from technology developer Maptek.

This year, the 35th Mining Games are being hosted by the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colo., today through March 17. Teams represent universities throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, England, Germany and Holland.

Three teams from Camborne have headed to Colorado, with 21 students representing the school and sponsors such as Maptek at the event.

Maptek involvement dates back to 2006, with the provision of academic software licenses of Maptek Vulcan mine planning software.

Sponsorship of Camborne at the Games in Colorado was especially fitting with Camborne’s hosts being Colorado, because Maptek has employees and customers as alumni from both institutions.

Camborne teaches principles of geology, mining, mineral processing and renewable energy. Staff from Maptek’s Edinburgh office train third-year mining students in underground and open pit mine design. This year Maptek provided additional staff to help cope with the burgeoning student numbers, which at around 40 have nearly doubled since 2012.

The competition aims to keep traditional mining techniques alive, many of which were developed in Cornwall.

“Involvement with the training of Camborne mining engineers provides mutual benefits for Maptek and the university,” said Colin Comberbach, technical services manager for Maptek Europe. “We provide future mining professionals with some of the skills they will need, and they become our advocates within the industry.”