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


Iron in Our Electrical World, an 18-minute 40-second video, will be a valuable resource for high school teachers and students, as well as informative and entertaining for all others with an interest in science. See why iron is such a crucial component of the world of electricity, from electric guitars to Tesla cars to roller coasters!

Click here to view the Iron in Our Electrical World video.

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!

Partner of the Month

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)

The Importance of Mining Teacher Notes - (303 KB, PDF)

Fact Sheets

Mining 101 Presentation - (PPT)

Mining 101 Presentation (as PDF)

Mining 101 Teacher Notes - (PDF)