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.
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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.
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.
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Today’s world faces complex problems. We all need to work together to manage the Earth’s natural resources wisely. More scientists and engineers will be called upon to find the answers we need, especially in the mining industry since it supplies the world’s mineral products. There are literally hundreds of careers related to mining. Careers in mining offer the opportunity for world travel, good income and the opportunity to make a difference.
Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM subjects) are used by mining professionals throughout the industry. Listen to these interviews to see how interest in STEM subjects can lead to a rewarding career in the mining industry.
Scott McAnally – Exploration Geologist