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.
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Without mining and minerals we wouldn’t have cell phones, televisions, bicycles or soccer equipment. The production of all of these depends on many mineral resources from countries all over the world. MEC’s four new activity pages contain mini-lessons for students to use math, geography and critical thinking skills in their understanding of the importance of minerals and mining in their everyday lives.
Click here to go to the mini-lessons.
MEC’s new Coal SMART Board lesson has embedded videos, animations and interactive pages for middle school students. Earth science, mathematics and geography concepts are included for students to learn how coal is formed, where coal is mined, how coal is mined and why coal is important in the U.S. and around the world.
Click here to access the SMART Board lessons.
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.