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.
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.
Mining inevitably disturbs land. Modern mines reclaim the surface during and after mining is completed, returning the land to useful purposes. Reclaimed mine lands are often more attractive to wildlife and human uses than before mining started.
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