Jobs of Tomorrow Videos

The new SME series, Jobs of Tomorrow, shares the many reasons why mining should be the career of the future. Each episode features a different aspect of the mining and minerals industry along with the jobs that bring it together.  Explore the exciting, high-tech, and surprisingly green world
of mining where the careers today are not what you expect.

The Elements of Clean Energy – Full Episode (21:13)
The Elements of Clean Energy – Microlearning (2:50)

Community Relations: What’s Mine is Yours – Full Episode (23:39)
Community Relations:  What’s Mine is Yours – Microlearning (1:52)

Mining Data for Mining Innovations – Full Episode (20:38)
Mining Data for Mining Innovations – Microlearning (3:46)

Make Mine ESG – Full Episode (22:17)
Make Mine ESG – Microlearning (2:55)

Mining 2.0:  Progress and Innovation in the Industry – Full Episode (20:51)
Mining 2.0:  Progress and Innovation in the Industry – Microlearning (3:31)

Urban Mining: Core to the Future – Full Episode (21:10)
Urban Mining: Core to the Future – Microlearning (3:46)

Education GeoSource

The Education GeoSource database has thousands of free resources, from lessons to outreach and teacher professional development, for use in classrooms, scout programs, or at home.

Where’s That Mine of Mine?

Through discussion and an assignment requiring research and analytical thinking, students will gain an understanding of modern mining, society’s reliance on the industry, and some of the challenges faced by modern mining professionals. Students will also be exposed to examples of the many professional disciplines on which the industry relies.

The assignment in this lesson challenges students to consider factors affecting where new mines might be developed.

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I.   Overview

II.  Intro Activity

III. Main Activity

A. Teacher Instruction

B. Student Assignment

IV. Supporting Resources

Exploring Coal

A multi-disciplinary unit that addresses the science behind coal and how it is used for energy and industry. Hands-on, critical thinking and laboratory exercises expose secondary students to coal formation, coal mining, reclamation of lands, uses of coal, electricity generation, and the advantages and disadvantages of utilizing coal. 116 pages.  Find related curricula at

A World of Minerals in Your Mobile Device

This fact sheet from the U.S. Geological Survey shows ore minerals that are sources of mineral commodities used to make cell phones and a map of the countries that produce some of these minerals.

Reclaiming a Mine Site

Build a model reclaimed landscape in a plastic tub and observe and compare the growth of vegetation on one of eight model landscapes to learn that specific conditions are needed to re-vegetate reclaimed mine sites. This MEC page from the 2016 AGI Earth Science Week Calendar was created with permission from Caterpillar. To view the Caterpillar Ground Rules video and access the accompanying 75-activity guide go here.

Mining Fact Sheet

This Mining Fact Sheet summarizes major mining and mineral processing tools and techniques and highlights critical metals.

Mineral Resources Fact Sheet

This Mineral Resources Fact Sheet discusses some of today’s important mineral and mining topics such as minerals in your diet, industrial and construction minerals, minerals in green technology, artisanal mining and conflicts and efforts to address these.

Industrial Minerals Poster

Industrial Minerals are non-metallic, non-fuel minerals that are used in everything from cosmetics to pharmaceuticals. The front of the poster depicts 12 common industrial minerals and some of the important ways in which they are used. The back of the poster contains a map of industrial mineral producing areas of the United States, mine examples and three simple hands-on activities for testing mineral properties in the classroom. 36” x 24” 2-sided poster created in collaboration with the Industrial Minerals Association of North America.