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MEC Educational Resources for Grades 9-12

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COPPER: MORE THAN METAL This 16-page unit highlights the importance of copper and includes the mining process. PDF download

MOLYBDENUM: HELPING TO BUILD A STRONG FUTURE This 16-page unit highlights the importance of molybdenum, the mining process and the many ways molybdenum is used. PDF download


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. View Video

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. View Video

MINING 101 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! Download the Powerpoint presentation

Minerals In Your Life Fact Sheets

Minerals are used in products we use in our everyday lives. Download these PDF fact sheets to discover what is in…

An interesting introduction to rock collecting and geology aimed at the younger generation: http://www.homeadvisor.com/r/rock-collecting/

A website created by Ben Lepley of SRK Mining and the Energy Transition: MINING AND THE GREEN REVOLUTION

Sarah, a member of Wyoming Stem Club for Girls, discovered this rock and minerals guide https://www.avasflowers.net/blog/4410-2/ one of her teachers at the club, LouAnne, thought we might be interested in adding it to our resource page. Thank you Wyoming Stem Club for Girls.

OresomeResources is a collaborative educational initiative supported by the minerals and energy industry in Australia. The front page is a block model showing all aspects of the extractive industries. This collaboration is represented by the Queensland Resources Council, Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia, Minerals Council of Australia (MCA), MCA Victoria Division, MCA Northern Territory Division, NSW Minerals Council, South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy, Tasmanian Minerals Council, Australian Coal Association and Australian Uranium Association.

To support teachers and students in the teaching and learning of the minerals and energy industry the collaboration has developed or sourced hundreds of educational resources.

Geology examples

Mining examples

The Copper Development Association Inc. is the market development, engineering and information services arm of the copper industry, chartered to enhance and expand markets for copper and its alloys in North America. It has educational material on the mining, processing and uses of copper.

Australian Teacher Earth Science Education Programme The Teacher Earth Science Education Programme (TESEP) is designed to help middle school [upper Primary and lower Secondary] teachers.

The United States Geological Survey: the USGS The USGS is a science organization that provides impartial information on the health of our ecosystems and environment, the natural hazards that threaten us, the natural resources we rely on, the impacts of climate and land-use change, and the core science systems that help us provide timely, relevant, and useable information. An example is The Life Cycle of a Mineral Deposit

The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (The AusIMM) was founded in 1893 and provides services to professionals engaged in all facets of the global minerals sector. With a focus on providing leadership and opportunities to minerals industry professionals, The AusIMM delivers an ongoing program of professional development services to ensure our members are supported throughout their careers, enabling them to provide high-quality professional input to industry and the community.

Click on the PDF links below for further information on each of the careers listed including what the career involves, career opportunities, and career profiles.