The Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Inc. (SME) is a professional society (nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation) whose more than 15,000 membership represents all professionals serving the minerals industry in more than 100 countries. SME members include engineers, geologists, metallurgists, educators, students and researchers. SME advances the worldwide mining and underground construction community through information exchange and professional development. SME's staff is located in Englewood, Colorado.

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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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Mining 101 Presentation

Looking for an educational presentation on the importance of mining and minerals in everyday life? Mining 101 has been created for grades 5 - 12, but can be adapted to any grade by utilizing the extension activities and related MEC resources listed in the presentation.

Download the Mining 101 presentation here.

2015 Mineral Baby

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.

Click here to view additional mineral resource statistics.

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.

For ITS support OF MEC programs and activities.