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.

Click here to learn more about the Minerals Education Coalition.

MEC Spotlights


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. 


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Importance of Mining

Is Mining Important? You Bet!

Everything we depend on is either made from minerals or relies on minerals for its production.

Find out why you absolutely, positively, must have someone somewhere, who develops the resources you use every day.

The Importance of Mining - (3.2 MB, PDF)

Teacher Notes - (303 KB, PDF)

Fact Sheets

Mining 101 Slideshow - (55 MB, MS PowerPoint)

Mining 101 Slideshow (as PDF) - (19 MB, PDF)

Mining 101 Teacher's Notes - (4 MB, PDF)