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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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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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.
Minerals in our electrical world video series
Each video in this series tells the story of how unique mineral deposits were formed, their distinctive properties, how they are mined and processed, and the variety of products made from these minerals - products that are essential to our everyday lifestyles. Videos will be added to this series as they are created. Each video can be watched in its entirety for an overview of the mineral and its importance to our everyday lives or paused after each section for further discussion or activities in your classroom or presentation. This video series was created through a partnership between the Minerals Education Coalition (MEC) and the Edison Tech Center.
Inside Business Mining Report with Fred Thompson - (5 minutes)
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.
The Disconnect on the Importance of Mining - (5 minutes)
"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.
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!