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


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.


Products you use every day like cell phones have mineral components that come from mining. What kind of minerals are used in creating technology and why? Learn more about the importance of mining and minerals in everyday life.

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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)