In 2016, a group of MA and PhD students embarked upon an investigation into the proposed mining of Rare Earths in La Mancha, Spain. Using their collective skills and insights, the students mapped, modelled, and visualised the potential impacts that such rare earth element (REE) extraction would have upon the region. The maps that resulted from this process were shown in 20 Spanish towns affected by the mining, and published in national newspapers. The tools created by the students had the effect of promoting wider public participation in the many key discussions that took place in Spain. This ultimately helped to thwart the project, which was eventually blocked in October 2018 due to social opposition.