National Science Teaching Association (NSTA) Conferences

MEC enjoys participating in the National Science Teaching Association (NSTA) Conferences. Our booths display and provide free educational materials designed to help teachers educate their students on the importance of minerals and mining in their daily lives. Knowledgeable volunteers talk to teachers about their own work in the minerals industry.

2023 NSTA NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON SCIENCE EDUCATION IN ATLANTA, GA

MEC will be attending the 2023 National Conference on Science Education in Atlanta, GA, Wednesday, March 22 – Saturday, March 25, 2023. MEC will have an exhibition booth (#1616) to give teachers resources for their students on the topic of the importance of mined minerals in their everyday lives. MEC does this by providing rock/mineral sample kits with a key explaining how these specimens are used in everyday life. Additional materials provided include classroom posters and materials on careers in the mining industry. The first two thousand teachers to visit MEC booth (#1616) at the Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta GA, will receive a free rock box.

2023 NATIONAL SCIENCE TEACHING ASSOCIATION (NSTA) CONFERENCE IN ATLANTA, GA

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITY

The Minerals Education Coalition (MEC) will be attending the 2023 NSTA National Conference on Science Education in Atlanta, GA, March 22-25.  As usual, MEC booth (#1616) will display and provide free educational materials designed to help teachers educate their students on the importance of minerals and mining in their daily lives. In addition, the first 2000 teachers to visit the MEC booth  will receive a free classroom rock box with mineral key.

MEC is looking for companies and/or individuals who are passionate about the next generation and their awareness of the mining industry to become a sponsor(s) of this effort. MEC is offering several levels of sponsorship with different benefits that are laid out below.

Gold Sponsor: $10,000 – SOLD

  • Logo placement on booth signage and banners
  • A table-top spot in our booth to recognize/promote your company/product/services
  • Two full-access conference registration badges (allows attendee-level access to sessions and workshops) as well as face-to-face time with teachers at our booth
  • Company logo on outside and inside of rock boxes provided to teachers
  • Logo placement on all flyers and NSTA-specific swag given to teachers
  • Logo placement throughout our booth; including sponsor/rock box donor signage
  • Recognition in Mining Engineering magazine, SMEF newsletter and SME enews as NSTA Partner

Silver Sponsor: $5,000 – 2 Available

  • Logo placement on all flyers and NSTA-specific swag given to teachers
  • One full-access conference registration badges (allows attendee-level access to sessions and workshops) as well as face-to-face time with teachers at our booth
  • Company logo on inside of rock boxes provided to teachers
  • Logo placement throughout our booth; including sponsor/rock box donor signage
  • Recognition in Mining Engineering magazine, SMEF newsletter and SME enews as NSTA Partner

Copper Sponsor: $2,500 – 4 Available

  • Company name on all flyers and NSTA-specific swag given to teachers
  • Logo placement on sponsor/rock box donor signage
  • Recognition in Mining Engineering magazine, SMEF newsletter and SME enews as NSTA Partner

Rock Box Donor: In-kind donor of materials

  • Donate mineral samples to be included in approximately 2,000 teacher rock boxes.
  • Logo on sponsor/rock box donor signage
  • Name of company inside of the rock boxes

Contact Megan Martin at martin@smenet.org for Sponsorship Details and to reserve your spot at this important event, OR

Akudo Nwokeukwu at nwokeukwu@smenet.org for volunteer opportunities.

From the 2022 Conference in Houston:

These teachers are soaking it all in:

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Now that you’ve visited our booth . . .

On this page you’ll find links to many of the resources we have discussed in our interactions, as well as some more that we may not have had time to mention. If you have questions about any of this content, or anything related to minerals education, please reach out to us at mec@smenet.org.

Infographics From the Booth
Where the Minerals Are (New Scientist)
Evolution of Mining Health and Safety (Workplace Safety North/Ontario Mining Association)
A World of Minerals in Your Mobile Device (USGS)
The Raw Materials That Fuel the Green Revolution (Visual Capitalist)
Our Energy Future Depends on Mining (Minerals Make Life—NMA)
The Future of Mining is Automation Poster
Automation Helps Mines Be More Productive Poster
Automation Keeps People Safer Poster
Mined Minerals Make Our Day (Caterpillar)

Local and Mobile Minerals
MEC Mineral Resources Database
Mineral Usage Statistics
Minerals in Your Life
Importance of Mining
State Mining Agencies (MSHA)
Minerals in Mobile Devices (USGS)
Apple Environmental Overview
Minerals Needed for Solar Energy
Minerals Needed for Wind Turbines
Minerals Needed for Hybrid Cars
Minerals Needed for Cell Phones
Article: Finding “critical minerals” used in cell phones and electric vehicles among goals of new USGS lab in Colorado

STEM and Automation in Mining
STEM Resources (Dig Into Mining)
Mining and Minerals Resources  (STEM Learning—UK)
NASA’s 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge
Article: Japanese Spacecraft Landed on Asteroid and Sent Us a Selfie
Article: Race to Send Robots to Mine the Ocean Floor
Article: Caterpillar’s Mining Automation Journey
Article: Lithium Americans  (Nevada STEM Hub)
Article: EP Minerals takes STEM to a new level (Nevada STEM Hub)
Article: Automation and its Effect on STEM Occupations. Economic and Ethical Impact
Article: Mining in Space: What It Means for the Economy?
Latest news on mining at Space.com

Safety, Sustainability and Reclamation in Mining
Video: Ground Rules: Mining Right for a Sustainable Future
Ground Rules Lesson Plans (Total: 75)
Reclamation Stories
Mine Rescue Contests (MSHA)
Mine Safety
Stay Out–Stay Alive: Public Awareness Campaign
Article: Apple Talks Recycling in Environmental Report
Article: Apple’s $4.7B in Green Bonds support innovative green technology
Audio Interview: Conversation with a Reclamationist

Careers and Mining Education Opportunities
Careers in Mining
Schools of Mines (Wikipedia)
Article: America’s Security May Depend On Critical Minerals. But Mine Workers Are Scarce
Article: Why It’s the Right Time to be a Mining Engineer
Article: What Does a Mining and Geological Engineer Do?
Video: STEM Pro Live! Interview with Two Freeport McMoRan Geologists
Video: STEM Pro Live! Interview with a Freeport McMoRan Chemist
Click here for more interviews!

THE MEC WEBSITE

The MEC website has an abundance of free K-12 educational resources and low cost supplemental materials.

MineralsEducationCoalition.org:

/K-12-education is especially for teachers!  From this page, you can access the MEC Education Database as well as the educational standards teacher tool.

/store has posters, kits and other low cost supplemental education resources to enhance your classroom.

/mining-minerals-information is the place to start exploring more about mining and minerals and how important they are to our daily lives.  From here you can access the Mineral Resources Database, the interactive Periodic Table of the Elements, and more.

/careers focuses on jobs in the mining industry.  The minerals and mining industry has a host of exciting, well-paying, STEM-related careers.

/esw is the place to access all of the educational resources MEC has developed yearly for the American Geosciences Institute’s Earth Science Week celebrations.

/stats takes you to the popular MEC Mineral baby, updated annually to show the quantity of minerals an American will use in their lifetime.

Download this MEC flyer.

MOVE MINING NEXT GEN

This year’s Move Mining Next Gen contest open September 14, 2022 and is open for entries through January 18, 2023. Please have your class participate!

Go to MoveMiningNextGen.org to get all the information for your students to enter.

You might enjoy watching the Move Mining competition, which was the original impetus for the Next Gen K-12 version of the competition.  The 2022 event recording can be seen on Facebook at SocietyforMining.

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Thank you for your commitment to teaching important concepts in Earth Science.  Please reach out to us with any questions at mec@smenet.org!