The Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration (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 are engineers, geologists, metallurgists, educators, students and researchers. SME advances the worldwide minerals community through information exchange and professional development.

Click here to visit the SME website. 



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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SME volunteers and staff have worked long and hard with the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) to develop the requirements, pamphlet, badge design and other collateral materials so that Boy Scouts across the United States will be exposed to the mining industry as they earn this new merit badge. 

Click here to get involved with the Mining In Society Merit Badge!



MEC is proud to offer the Spanish version of our popular "Blue Marble" periodic table! The “Creación de un Universo” side of the poster describes the history and common uses of the elements. The “El Mármol Azul” side shows a color image of each element and graphic depictions of various common items and the elements they contain.  The colorful two-sided poster measures 54” x 36” and is printed on “indestructible vinyl.”

Click here to purchase the “El Mármol Azul” poster.

about mec


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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to learn more about the Minerals Education Coalition.