MEC LINKS 4 TEACHERS
MEC RESOURCE LINKS
K-12 Education: Website subsection for K-12 teachers.
K-12 Education Resources Database: Activities for K-12 teachers.
K-12 Education Standards Correlations: National and all state education standards correlated to MEC materials.
Mining & Minerals: Website subsection about the importance mining and minerals to our daily lives.
Mineral Resources Database: Specific rock and mineral resource information such as classification, hardness, relation to mining, etc.
Interactive Periodic Table of the Elements: Click on an element to see its history, description, benefits, sources and biological rating.
Careers: The minerals and mining industry has a host of exciting, well-paying, STEM-related careers.
Mining and Mineral Statistics: Including the popular MEC Mineral Baby which is updated annually to show the quantity of minerals an American will use in their lifetime.
Outreach & Awareness: Website subsection that highlights how MEC strives to create an enlightened public who understand the importance of mining and minerals in everyday life.
Earth Science Week: The new materials MEC develops annually for the American Geosciences Institute’s Earth Science Week celebrations.
BSA Mining in Society Merit Badge: Scouts learn about the mining industry and its impact on our lives.
MEC Store: Posters, kits and other low cost supplemental education resources to enhance your classroom.
MEC ACTIVITY LINKS
A Paste with a Taste: Make toothpaste from minerals.
Aquifer in a Cup: Build a model of what groundwater looks like and learn some basic groundwater vocabulary.
Electrowinning (EW): Use an electric current to refine copper from the mineral malachite.
Aluminum: Saving Energy to Make More: Students will conduct an experiment and do a calculation activity to learn about the large amount of energy needed to process aluminum.
DIY Pencil “Lead:” Use clay and graphite to make a pencil “lead.”
Jobs of Tomorrow Activity Unit: Watch the Jobs of Tomorrow docuseries and complete the related activities to understand how innovation is changing the jobs required to meet the growing demand for minerals.
Core Sampling: Students create a model rock formation and drill for samples to discover the composition of the rock layers below the “ground,” demonstrating a mineral exploration technique used by geologists.
Froth Flotation of Minerals Simulation: Students will simulate froth flotation, a process used to separate valuable minerals from crushed ore.
Modeling Metal Recovery from Very Low-Grade Ore Materials: Students will model metal recovery from low-grade ores. Low-grade ores have a smaller amount of valuable material per unit of ore than a high-grade ore, requiring different processing techniques.
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