No matter your situation, you can conduct outreach in your local area! If your SME Section has funds, but no volunteers: purchase educational resources for area teachers, if your SME student chapter has volunteers, but no funds, volunteer your time at a local science teacher conference. As a SME member, volunteer your time to conduct a presentation on the importance of mining and minerals to K – 12 students and purchase a MEC poster to leave behind for the teacher. Please review the ideas below and contact us to talk about how you can get started with outreach in your local area today!
- Conduct outreach presentations in local K – 12 schools
- Staff a booth in your local area.
- Click here to find your state’s Science Teachers Association conference. Click here to find your state’s guidance counselor conference. Your organization will pay for the booth cost and will provide volunteers.
- Download and print MEC’s free online educational resources, including:
- Purchase paper posters and activities to hand out to attendees at the SME member/Section/Student Chapter discount rate.
- Hand out request forms for classroom presentations at your conferences. Download a sample form to edit for your event.
- Become a Mining in Society merit badge counselor or sponsor MISmb workshops through your company.
- Volunteer at National/Regional MEC events. See schedule here.
- Purchase Earth Science Week educational resource kits for local teachers. Geoscience educational organizations like MEC, NASA and Discovery provide materials in these kits. Help them to reach 16,000 teachers each year!
View past Minerals Education Coalition events here.
Read about SME member, SME Section and SME Student Chapter outreach:
- February 2014 – Mining in Society Merit Badge introduction
- March 2014 – 2013 National Science Teachers Association conferences
- April 2014 – Mining in Society Merit Badge launch
- May 2014 – Volunteer Opportunities
- June 2014 – USA Science & Engineering Festival – Washington, DC
- July 2014 – Call to Action
- August 2014 – MISmb NM & WY
- September – 2014 NSTA Call to Action
- October 2014 – Earth Science Week
- November 2014 – MISmb, Southern IL
- December 2014 – Richmond NSTA Thank You
- February 2015 – Local Section Outreach
- March 2015 – Orlando NSTA Thank You, PA MISmb
- April 2015 Long Beach NSTA Thank You, PA MISmb
- May 2015 – MISmb WI & KY