The Society for Mining, Metallurgy, & Exploration Inc. (SME) is a professional society (nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation), whose over 15,000 members represent all professionals serving the minerals industry in more than 85 countries. SME members include engineers, geologists, metallurgists, educators, students and researchers. SME advances the worldwide minerals community through information exchange and professional development.
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ABOUT SME FOUNDATION
The Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration Foundation supports scientific, technical, educational and other activities that foster interchange and understanding concerning the responsible development of the world’s mineral resources, and further the professional disciplines serving the minerals industry. The Minerals Education Coalition (MEC) is a program of the SMEF.
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Each year, new minerals must be mined to support our lives and lifestyles. The 2015 Mineral Baby shows examples of the 3.11 million pounds of minerals, metals and fuels the average American will need in their lifetime.
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Products you use every day like cell phones have mineral components that come from mining. What kind of minerals are used in creating technology and why? Learn more about the importance of mining and minerals in everyday life.
The Minerals Education Coalition’s (MEC) mission is to identify, produce and disseminate fact-based K-12 minerals education lessons and activities and to inform and educate the general public about the importance of mining in their everyday lives.
Several distinct, yet equally important groups are the targeted audiences for the activities of the MEC, specifically:
K-12 students who are the consumers of the future and potential employees of the mining industry;
Teachers of K-12 students who will provide the knowledge and skills needed to provide factual and meaningful instruction and experiences for youth;
SME members in Sections who locally provide accurate and relevant educational activities for K-12 students and the general public; and,
The general public who are the beneficiaries of mining and minerals in their daily lives.
The MEC is the result of the successful merger of SME’s Mineral Information Institute (Mii) and Government, Education and Mining (GEM) programs.
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