The Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration (SME) is a professional society (nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation) whose nearly 15,000 membership represents all professionals serving the minerals industry in more than 85 countries. SME members are 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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Without mining and minerals we wouldn’t have cell phones, televisions, bicycles or soccer equipment. The production of all of these depends on many mineral resources from countries all over the world. MEC’s four new activity pages contain mini-lessons for students to use math, geography and critical thinking skills in their understanding of the importance of minerals and mining in their everyday lives.
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MEC’s new Coal SMART Board lesson has embedded videos, animations and interactive pages for middle school students. Earth science, mathematics and geography concepts are included for students to learn how coal is formed, where coal is mined, how coal is mined and why coal is important in the U.S. and around the world.
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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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