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


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.

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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)

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

Fact Sheets

Mining 101 Presentation - (PPT)