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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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.
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.
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Examine mining and mineral topics with these educational videos and presentations.
MEC Minerals in our electrical world video series
Explore the formation, unique properties, mining and processing techniques and engineering uses of minerals in electrical products essential to our daily lives. These videos from MEC and Edison Tech Center can be paused after each section for further discussion or classroom activities.
MEC Inside Business Mining Report with Fred Thompson - (5 min.)
This video highlights the importance of mining and minerals and the investment that needs to be made to ensure that products can be manufactured to meet the desires of the world.
MEC The Disconnect on the Importance of Mining - (5 min.)
"If it can't be grown, then it must be mined." This statement applies to EVERYTHING we use in our daily lives. We need more public education to help everyone understand the importance of mining.
MEC Mining 101 presentation
Download the Powerpoint presentation
Mining 101 is a 66-slide PowerPoint presentation, created as a teaching tool for your classroom. Divided into three sections, the lessons can be taught in 2 – 3 days. The lessons have been created for grades 5 – 12, but can be adapted to any grade or age. By utilizing the extension activities and related MEC resources (listed in the presentation), the possibilities are endless!
GROUND RULES: MINING FOR A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE VIDEO AND LESSON PLANS
Embark on a 23-minute tour across almost every continent where people are working to produce the minerals on which our modern world depends. The film, from Caterpillar and Science North, is available in English, Spanish, Portuguese and French, plus English with Chinese subtitles. Also choose from the accompanying 75 professionally-developed lesson plans, appropriate for grades 6-12, exploring mining, ore processing, geology, and minerals in everyday life. The lesson plans are available in English and Spanish.
Educational Standards details (PDF download)
The Ground Rules film and lesson plans support National Science Education Standards A, B, and D; Next Generation Science Standards PS1, PS2, ESS3, and ETS1; and Common Core State Standards for math and literacy.
SMART, THE INTERNATIONAL EDUCATIONAL PORTAL FROM RIO TINTO
Solve math, science and business questions related to real-world operations in the global mining business. Copper, coal, iron and uranium are highlighted in these lesson plans that incorporate math, science, geography, business, careers, and responses to environmental challenges. Rio Tinto and EBC Education Ltd. have created an interactive program for grades 6-12, using actual Rio Tinto mines and operations in Australia to provide the examples and real data used in the activities.
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The Rio Tinto SMART portal lesson plans support National Science Education Standards A, B, D, E, and F; Next Generation Science Standards PS1, PS4, LS2, ESS3 and ETS1; and Common Core State Standards for literacy and math (including Algebra, Trigonometry, Statistics and Probability, Geometry and High School Functions).