The importance of mined minerals is a crucial lesson for all of us to learn. We depend on minerals for our health and our lifestyles. Magnesium is in our breakfast cereal and in our cell phones. Gold is used for jewelry because it’s shiny and pretty, but gold also is valued for its conductive and thermal properties, which allow it to efficiently and safely move electricity through our computers and other technology.
What minerals are needed to build the world around us and keep us healthy? Which minerals are mined in our country, and which must be imported? Can our country build the things we need, or are we dependent on others around the world? How can we easily teach students these important concepts? Find the tools you need to answer these questions and teach about minerals at www.MineralsEducationCoalition.org.
MEC is the K–12 Education and Public Awareness Outreach program of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Foundation. SME Foundation supports Earth Science Week. Look for MEC’s poster and calendar page on the importance of aggregates in the Earth Science Week 2014 Toolkit.
This year, MEC joins other geoscience organizations in the Denver area to draw awareness to geoscience educational resources. The video below is being presented as part of the Denver Earth Science Week citywide celebration.
This Minerals Education Coalition Video (YouTube) introduces the Minerals Education Coalition’s free downloadable K-12 education and public awareness outreach resources, including SMART Board lessons, Minerals in Your Life Mini-Lessons, videos, demonstrations, and information on minerals and elements.
MEC has created a series of podcasts with industry experts to show students how an interest in STEM subjects can lead to a rewarding career in the mining industry. Included in the 2015 toolkit, which will be sent to 16,000 science teachers and educators nationwide, are three MEC bookmarks representing mining careers that complement the podcast series. The series can be found at www.mineralseducationcoalition.org/careers-mining, along with other resources including mining careers flyers, booklets, PowerPoint presentations and a link to mining and mineral related job opportunities. Images of the bookmarks can be downloaded and used in education presentations and as conversation starters. Sets of the laminated bookmarks may also be purchased.
For more information about MEC, visit www.MineralsEducationCoalition.org.