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MEC News

NOVEMBER 2018

K-12 STUDENTS:  GET YOUR VIDEOS IN NOW FOR MORE VOTES!

Move Mining Next Gen asks K-12 students to answer the question: Why is mining important in our lives? Students can get a team together, research mined minerals that are important to their lives, and then submit their three-minute (or less) video for the opportunity to share their ideas with the world! Videos will be judged by age category, and one video will win the People’s Choice award. Move Mining Next Gen video submissions are due January 14, 2019Early submissions have the advantage of more time for online voting!  The largest cash prize is $1,000, and there are prizes for different grade categories. All of the details, pointers and parent/guardian consent forms can be found at www.MoveMiningNextGen.org.

SEE THE MOVE MINING ENTRY VIDEOS

Check out the big ideas on how to change the world’s perception of mining from 15 teams in five countries! The top five finalist teams will compete to win $5,000 at the live Move Mining event at the SME Annual Conference & Expo on February 25, 2019 in Denver, CO. The session is free to conference registrants and will be streamed live on www.facebook.com/SocietyForMining.   Find all of the details at www.MoveMining.org.

November 2018

MEC ATTENDS NSTA AREA CONFERENCE IN RENO

MEC staff and volunteers handed out more than 700 free rock and mineral kits to teachers at the National Science Teachers Association Regional Conference in Reno, NV on October 11-13, 2018.  The kit was sponsored by Kinross and made up of ten Nevada rocks and minerals such as basalt, calcite, and copper carbonate donated by mining and mineral companies and NV organizations and associations.  SME members and volunteers from Kappes, Cassiday & Associates, Nevada Mining Association, the Geological Society of Nevada and the SME Northern Nevada Section worked with teachers at the booth.

MEC is at the NSTA area conference in National Harbor, MD Nov. 15-17 and will be in Charlotte, NC Nov. 29- Dec. 1.

November 2018

SEPTEMBER 2018

MOVE MINING NEXT GEN COMPETITION IS OPEN

Move Mining Next Gen is a companion competition to the original Move Mining competition.  Move Mining Next Gen asks K-12 students to answer the question: Why is mining important in our lives? Students can get a team together, research mined minerals that are important to their lives, and then submit their three-minute (or less) video for the opportunity to share their ideas with the world! Videos will be judged by age category, and one video will win the People’s Choice award. Move Mining Next Gen video submissions are due January 14, 2019.  Early submissions have the advantage of more time for online voting.  The largest cash prize is $1,000, but there are prizes for different grade categories. All of the details, pointers and parent/guardian consent forms can be found at www.MoveMiningNextGen.org.

MOVE MINING COMPETITION ENTRIES ARE DUE OCTOBER 14, 2018

Do you have the big idea on how to change the world’s perception of mining? Don’t miss your chance to win $5,000 for creating the best idea on changing the world’s perception of mining! All video and abstract submissions are due by October 14, 2018. Submit your video now and share it for a chance to win the People’s Choice.  Anyone age 10 and up can enter. The top five finalist teams will compete at the live Move Mining event at the SME Annual Conference & Expo on February 25, 2019 in Denver, CO. Find all of the details at www.MoveMining.org.

September 2018

AUGUST 2018

MOVE MINING:  AN AWARD-WINNING PROGRAM

Move Mining has been awarded the 2018 Power of A Silver Award by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE).  According to Chris Vest, ASAE’s Director of Public Policy, “The Power of A Awards recognize a select number of organizations annually that distinguish themselves with innovative, effective and broad-reaching programs and activities that positively impact America and the world.”  Move Mining strives to do just that by challenging both industry- and non-industry individuals to consider the importance of mining in their lives and propose ideas for ways to change the public’s perception of mining.  Move Mining Next Gen is its companion competition for Grades k-12.

Season 3 of Move Mining is underway, as is the Next Gen competition. Submissions will be posted online at www.MoveMining.org and www.MoveMiningNextGen.org.  Visit these websites to learn more about the program.

NEW MEC EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES

The 21st annual Earth Science Week celebration (October 14-20, 2018) will emphasize artistic expression as a unique, powerful opportunity for geoscience education and understanding in the 21st century.  Copies of the “Earth as Inspiration” Earth Science Week Toolkit are free, and available for the cost of shipping and handling in the U.S.  To order your Toolkits, please visit www.earthsciweek.org/materials.

In collaboration with the Ohio Industrial Minerals & Aggregates Association and Ohio Aglime Council,  MEC produced the “From Quarry To Crop” set of resources.  The set includes a postcard and a calendar page in the Earth Science Week Toolkit, plus the activities and videos on MEC’s Earth Science Week page.  Teachers will find the new “From Quarry to Crop:  Growing More With Aglime” hands-on activity for download, along with links to an accompanying step-by-step video and a video all about Aglime, and the “Determining Mineral Reserves” activity calendar page.

August 2018

APRIL 2018

MEC ATTENDS USA SCIENCE & ENGINEERING FESTIVAL

Volunteer Katie Kosloski facilitates mineral activities with families.

MEC participated in the 5th USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C., on April 6-8, 2018. The free festival allowed families to participate in thousands of exhibits, experiments and stage shows, drawing more than 350,000 people.  MEC offered participants the opportunity to try on mine safety gear and discuss the value of mined materials in their lives. SME members and volunteers at the booth talked with the public about the importance of mining and the exciting careers the industry offers.

April 2018

FEBRUARY 2018

WATCH THE MOVE MINING COMPETITION

See the finalists and the winning team present their ideas “Shark-Tank” style in the 2nd annual Move Mining event.

Learn more at www.movemining.org.

 

 

WATCH THE MOVE MINING COMPETITION LIVE FEBRUARY 26

View the Move Mining competition on facebook.com/SocietyForMining Monday, February 26, 2018 at 4:30 p.m. Central Standard Time (CST).  Move Mining finalists will present at the 2018 SME Annual Conference & Expo in Minneapolis, MN, in a “Shark Tank”-like format.  Learn more at www.movemining.org.

DECEMBER 2017

MEET THE 2017 MOVE MINING NEXT GEN WINNERS!

Join us in congratulating this year’s winners of the Move Mining Next Gen K-12 video competition.

Also meet the finalists for the Move Mining competition.  Be sure to tune in live to facebook.com/SocietyForMining February 26, 2018 at 4:30 pm CST to see the Move Mining event when finalists present at the 2018 SME Annual Conference & Expo in Minneapolis, MN.  Learn more at www.movemining.org.

 

 

 

 

 

December 2017

 

MEC ATTENDS NSTA REGIONAL CONFERENCE IN NEW ORLEANS

MEC staff and volunteers handed out more than 900 free rock and mineral kits to teachers from 32 states and Canada at the National Science Teachers Association Regional Conference in New Orleans, LA on November 30-December 2, 2017.  The “Totally Awesome Classroom Rock Kits” featured samples of ten rocks and minerals such as granite, flint and halite (salt).  SME members Dale Elifrits and Pat Jacomet led volunteer efforts to develop the rock kits with donations from mining and mineral companies and associations.  They also staffed the booth.

MEC will attend three NSTA regional conferences again next fall.  The 2018 conferences will be in Reno, NV, National Harbor, MD and Charlotte, NC.

December 2017

THERE’S STILL TIME TO VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE MOVE MINING NEXT GEN VIDEO!

Check out all 100 video entries in the Move Mining Next Gen competition and vote for your favorite!  The entries from K-12 students are fun and creative.  Voting is open through December 13, 2017.  Be sure to also see the video and abstract entries in the second annual Move Mining competition.

December 2017

MEC News

NOVEMBER 2017

TIME TO VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE MOVE MINING NEXT GEN VIDEO!

Check out all the videos entries in the Move Mining Next Gen competition and vote for your favorite!  Be sure to also learn about the second annual Move Mining competition with entries due December 1.

November 2017

MEC ATTENDS NSTA REGIONAL CONFERENCE IN MILWAUKEE

MEC staff and volunteers handed out 1,000 free rock and mineral kits to teachers at the National Science Teachers Association Regional Conference in Milwaukee, WI on November 9-11, 2017.  The “Totally Awesome Classroom Rock Kits” featured samples of ten rocks and minerals such as quartzite, sandstone and taconite (iron ore).  SME member Andrea Martin led the volunteer committee of SME members and collaborating organizations that developed the rock kits with donations from regional mining and mineral companies and associations in the region.  The group also staffed the booth.

MEC will attend one more NSTA regional conference this fall.

November 2017

SUBMISSIONS ARE DUE

Move Mining Next Gen Submissions Due November 15, 2017

Move Mining Submissions Due December 1, 2017

Learn all about the competitions and  submit your concept and video at the websites for Move Mining

and Move Mining Next Gen.

November 2017

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OCTOBER 2017

Move Mining and Move Mining Next Gen Submissions Due November 15, 2017


Learn all about these competitions and  submit your concept and video at the websites for Move Mining and Move Mining Next Gen.

October 2017

MEC Attends NSTA Regional Conference in Baltimore

    

From October 5-7, MEC staff and volunteers handed out 1,000 free rock and mineral kits to teachers at the National Science Teachers Association Regional Conference in Baltimore, MD.  The “Totally Awesome Classroom Rock Kits” featured samples of ten rocks and minerals such as quartzite, siltsone and bituminous coal.  Teachers from 26 states attended the booth.  Katie Kosloski of Luck Stone led the volunteer committee of SME members that developed the rock kits with donations from regional mining and mineral companies and associations in the region.  The group also staffed the booth.

MEC will attend two more NSTA regional conferences this fall.

October 2017

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AUGUST 2017

Scouts Receive Award For Mining in Society Merit Badge

The 2017 Prazen Living Legend of Mining Award will be presented to the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) at the 30th Annual National Mining Hall of Fame Induction Banquet on September 23, 2017, in Denver, CO.  The National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum’s Board of Directors made the selection due to the Boy Scouts of America Mining in Society merit badge that was created in collaboration with MEC and SME.

Learn more about the Mining in Society merit badge, including how to become a counselor, on the MEC Mining in Society merit badge page.

August 2017

Move Mining and Move Mining Next Gen Competitions Announced

Why is Mining Important in Our Lives?  Enter MEC’s new K-12 Move Mining Next Gen video competition and your answer to that question could earn you a cash prize. Videos of 3 minutes or less are due by November 15, 2017.  Submit your video early and increase your chances to win the People’s Choice award.

Be sure to also find out about the second annual Move Mining competition and its culmination in a “Shark-Tank” style event.

Learn about the importance of mining in our everyday lives and come up with your best ideas today!

August 2017

Updated October 2017

Mining In Society Merit Badges Earned at Jamboree

Scouts check out the incredible size of the mining truck tire in a display provided by King Tire Service and Coronado Coal’s Toney Fork mine in Lorado, West Virginia.

Attentive Scouts learn about different types of mining equipment.

MEC and SME staff and volunteers hosted a Mining in Society merit badge booth at the 2017 National Scout Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve BSA facilities in West Virginia, July 19-28, 2017.  In all, 2270 Scouts visited the booth, and 618 completed the requirements to earn the merit badge during the Jamboree.

Learn more about the Mining in Society merit badge, including how to become a counselor, on the MEC Mining in Society merit badge page.

See more pictures on MEC’s Facebook and Twitter.

August 2017

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July 2017

New MEC Pinterest Page

MEC now has a Pinterest page at www.Pinterest.com/MineralsEducationCoalition.  Teachers use Pinterest to find activity ideas and other educational resources for their classrooms. Check us out on Pinterest and become a follower!

July 2017

Mining In Society Merit Badge Booth

MEC, with SME, is hosting a Mining in Society merit badge booth at the 2017 National Scout Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve BSA facilities in West Virginia, July 19-28, 2017. Learn more about the Mining in Society merit badge, including how to become a counselor, on the MEC Mining in Society merit badge page.

July 2017

Earth Sciences Week 2017 Toolkit

The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is now accepting advance orders for the Earth Science Week 2017 Toolkit. The Toolkit contains educational materials for all ages that correspond to this year’s event theme, “Earth and Human Activity.”  To learn more, please visit www.earthsciweek.org.  To order your Toolkits, please visit www.earthsciweek.org/materials. MEC’s new “What’s In My Toothpaste” game will be part of the AGI Earth Science Week Toolkits along with the “A Paste With A Taste” calendar activity adapted with permission from Women in Mining.

July 2017

New Children’s Book–Mineral Maniacs

The Mineral Maniacs and the Magic Hard Hat is the first in a children’s book series by Jules Miles exploring the exciting and educational world of mining, geology and engineering.  The book was one of the finalists in the 2016 Move Mining Competition. BONUS: Includes a supplemental section for students and educators alike about how the mineral is formed, mined, processed, and used in our everyday life.  Available in the SME Bookstore.

July 2017