Each year, MEC partners with the American Geosciences Institute’s Earth Science Week (ESW) to provide educational resources across the globe at www.EarthSciWeek.org and with a material to be included in the ESW Toolkit. Participation in this initiative affords MEC the opportunity to reach a vast number of educators with education resources and to provide outreach materials to SME members and others interested in sharing the message of the importance of mining and minerals to everyday life.
2016 Theme: “Our Shared Geoheritage”
Explore how mining has contributed to “Our Shared Geoheritage” with examples of how exploration for natural resources has shaped our world through these MEC resources:
The colorful MEC Mining and Money Catcher is a fun, interactive that students can fold and play with as they learn about the interrelated history of mining and the money we use every day. (PDF Download)
The MEC page from the 2017 AGI Earth Science Week Calendar is a density lesson adapted with permission from the Nevada Mining Association. The greater density of gold allows it to be separated from sediment in gold panning.
(PDF Download) Density Activity
The rolling, responsive MEC Mining and Money Timeline illustrates mining and money milestones from 1785 through the present, including the interrelated locations of the United States Mint.
2015 Theme: “Visualizing Earth’s Systems”
In keeping with 2015’s theme, “Visualizing Earth Systems,” three MEC bookmarks show the three processes in mining through the eyes of an exploration geologist (Exploration), mining engineer (Mining), and environmental engineer (Reclamation). Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM subjects) are used by mining professionals throughout the industry.
(PDF Download) Purchase bookmark sets here.
The MEC page from the 2016 AGI Earth Science Week Calendar is a reclamation activity with permission from Caterpillar. The activity instructs students how to create a model reclaimed landscape in a plastic tub. As the students observe the growth of vegetation on one of eight model landscapes, they learn that specific conditions are needed to re-vegetate reclaimed mine sites. To view the original video and access the accompanying 75-activity guide go here.
MEC recorded interviews with scientists and engineers in the mining industry to reinforce the messages presented to educators in MEC’s Earth Science Week bookmarks and calendar activity: how interest in STEM subjects can lead to a rewarding career in the mining industry. These interviews are available here.
2014 Theme: “Earth’s Interconnected Systems”
The colorful MEC Aggregates Poster has four 81/2 x 11 size K-12 lessons on the reverse side. Sand, gravel and crushed stone are the most mined materials in the world. Purchase the poster here.
The MEC page from the 2015 AGI Earth Science Week Calendar is “Aggregates Matter.” Students compare concrete mixes containing different amounts and types of aggregates and test the strength of the hardened mixes.
2013 Theme: “MAPPING OUR WORLD”
MEC provided a fold-out of the Soccer Minerals Mini-lesson for 2013 AGI Earth Science Week Tookit.
The MEC page from the 2014 AGI Earth Science Week Calendar is “Mineral Electrical Conductivity.” Students test the conductivity of various minerals with a simple electrical circuit and draw conclusions about which ones would be used in electronics.