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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Mineral Resource Statistics

Each year, new minerals must be provided for every person in the World. We all rely on these minerals to be mined so that we can enjoy our lifestyles and health.


Each year, the “Minerals Baby” reminds all of us of the importance of minerals and other mined substances to our lives and lifestyles.  This year’s statistics reflect an increase of mined materials needed to provide for the average American born in 2012 with an expected lifespan of 78.7 years when compared with the previous year.  

Mineral Baby

Per Capita Use of Minerals

USGS Commodities