Check Out the Winners from This Year’s Contest!

Best Overall

Team Let’s Learn About Coal with Maddox, Carson & Evan

People’s Choice

Team Mining Rocks


Team Let’s Learn About Coal with Maddox, Carson & Evan


Team The Clever Copper Shopper


Team Mara–Iron Mining

About Next Gen

Move Mining Next Gen is an online competition that explores what minerals are, where we get them, and how we put them to use. Your job is to convince a world audience of why a particular mineral is useful or helpful to our lives, why mining is important, and what careers are necessary to make the process happen.

It’s teamwork

Work with a team to create a winning video. Involve your friends, siblings, cousins or pets. Collaborate on the idea and on the delivery of your idea.

It’s creativity

Choose your direction and put in your personality. Capture it and share it! How can you make yours stand out?

It’s promotion

Share your ideas in a way that conveys your thoughts, changes someone’s perception, or calls people to action.

It’s educational

A great submission will be researched and based on facts. Teachers may use this opportunity to challenge their students to stretch beyond typical curriculum to dig deeper into mining.

It’s a challenge

This competition will be judged by experts and by the world – and it comes with a cash prize!

It’s a chance to be seen

Video submissions will be posted online for the world to see and vote!


Move Mining is produced by the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME) and the Minerals Education Coalition (MEC)



Official Sponsor


The next season of Move Mining Next Gen will open September 9, 2019. Learn more about Move Mining Next Gen and how you and your friends, classmates, or school can participate for a chance to win cash prizes and show the world how important minerals are to your daily life !

Best Overall

$1,000 Prize

The Best Overall award is given to the video chosen from all entries that best represents the spirit of the Move Mining Next Gen competition. This video will rise above expectations and explore different filming methods, unique scripting, elaborate design and more while still conveying how mining impacts our lives.

Best In Grades K-5

$250 Prize

Awarded to the video created by an individual or a team in grades kindergarten through 5th that inspires action, stimulates thought and creates excitement about mining. This video motivates viewers to explore how mining impacts their everyday lives and encourages them to spread the word.

Best In Grades 6-8

$250 Prize

Awarded to the video created by an individual or a team in grades 6th through 8th that brings the most fun and style to telling the world about mining. This video will be unique while still accurately sending the right message about why mining is important and how it impacts our lives.

Best In Grades 9-12

$250 Prize

Awarded to the video created by an individual or team in grades 9th through 12th that really brings creativity and a fresh take on presenting the importance of mining. This video will convey the importance of mining to the world through creative expression and unique styling.

People's Choice Award

$500 Prize

Awarded to the video that not only inspired, but created BUZZ around the world! This video will have received the most votes online by viewers. Win this award by getting the most votes on your video before February 14, 2019.

Your Idea in 3 Minutes

You have done your research about mining and are now ready to share your message with the world. The next step is to develop a video! The video should be creative, fun and exciting; and should be 3 minutes or less.

Once you’ve made your video, it’s time to upload it online! When you submit your video make sure that you include your parental consent form. If you have more than one person in your video (like your friends), each of them will need a parental consent form sent in prior to the video being posted online.

After your video is viewable on the Move Mining Next Gen website, it’s time to share! Get as many people to watch your video as you can and have them vote. The more votes your video gets online, the greater the chance you have to win the People’s Choice award.

The “Move Mining Next Gen” Competition (“Competition”) is designed to give youth ages 5 through 18 the chance to explore how mining is impacting their everyday lives and create video in which they are sharing what they learned with the world. Your video could be a winner if it’s powered by creativity, education and fun and fully answers the question, Why Mining?.

You can enter the Competition as an individual or as a team of up to six (6) members. All team members must be in the 5 through 18 years age group at time of entry. Teams with individuals who do not meet those age requirements will be disqualified, and their Submissions will be void. For purposes of these Official Rules, Individuals and Teams shall collectively be known as “Entrants.” Teams comprised of individuals 18 years and younger must have a parent, guardian or adult team sponsor as the primary contact for the team.

Your video can be as simple as a shot of you explaining your idea, or as elaborate as an animation. It’s up to you! But the video must be produced by you, the Entrant, and be about your idea.

Videos must be submitted in English.

Here’s how it works:

The "Move Mining Next Gen" Competition ("Competition”) is designed to give people ages 5 years and older the chance to share their message about why mining is important in our lives. Competition entrants will explain their idea in a video. Videos are featured on the Move Mining Next Gen website (, the MEC YouTube channel and the MEC Facebook page. By participating in this Competition, Entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the Sponsor's decisions, which are final and binding on all matters relating to the Competition.

The Competition submission period begins at 12:00 a.m. M.D.T. on July 1, 2018, and ends at 11:59 p.m. M.D.T. on Jan. 14, 2019 (the "Submission Period"). The Sponsor of this Competition is MEC (MINERALS EDUCATION COALITION), 12999 E. Adam Aircraft Circle, Englewood, CO 80112.

The Competition will operate as described below, on or about the stated dates:

Submission Period (7/1/18 – 1/14/19): Videos are submitted according to the "How to Enter" description in Section 3 of the Official Rules.

Judging Period (1/15/2019 - 2/14/19): Videos will be reviewed by a panel of industry experts. Winning videos will be in one of four (4) categories: Best Overall, Best in Grades K-5, Best in Grades 6-8, Best in Grades 9-12 and People's Choice Award.

People’s Choice Voting Period (7/1/18 - 2/14/19): Videos are available to view at The video with the most "likes" during the Voting Period (as of 11:59 p.m. M.D.T on February 14, 2019) will become the "People's Choice Finalist."
Competition is open to all entrants ("Entrants") who are 5 or more years of age and have Internet access as of the date of submission. Employees, officers and directors of Sponsor, members of their immediate families, and those living in the same household, are ineligible. Each Entrant must be the rightful owner of the E-mail address registered with the video when submitted (as described in Section 3, below). If Entrants enter as a team, one team member must be designated as the “Team Leader." If a team is comprised of individuals 18 years and younger, a parent, guardian or adult team sponsor must be designated as the team lead. Entry constitutes Entrant's certification that he/she meets the eligibility requirements set forth in these official rules. Sponsor reserves the right to verify eligibility of any potential winner. Winning a prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein.

Individuals and teams do not need to be a member of SME to participate in Move Mining Next Gen.
To enter, visit and submit your video through the video upload form. Videos must be less than 3 minutes long. Videos will be loaded onto the MEC YouTube channel and subsequently loaded into the Move Mining Next Gen website for competition voting. You must completely and accurately submit all required information to enter. If Entrants are working as a team, the designated team leader must be sure to fill in the section with the names of other team members and corresponding information so that entries can be cross-referenced.

Entrants under age 18 (minors) need parental permission to enter the Competition.

Parent, guardian or adult team lead must complete the registration form on (at the foregoing link) for a minor's entry to be valid. If minors are working as a team, an adult 19 years or older must be designated as a team member and must complete the online form for each member of the team for the entry to be valid as well as the provided parental consent form for each participating team member. Once we verify all necessary information, the video submitted will be loaded into the SME YouTube channel and subsequently will be added to the official competition website.

All Submissions must be received by 11:59 p.m. M.D.T. on January 14, 2018. Sponsor is not responsible for late or unsuccessful attempts to enter. Sponsor reserves the right to allow for minor fluctuations between the Entrant's timing device and the actual runtime of the Submission on the Competition Homepage, based on clear intent to comply with the Official Rules, as determined in the Sponsor's sole discretion.

The Entrant should be able to provide on request all appropriate clearances, permissions and releases for the Video Submission, including releases from the submitting Entrant and any third parties appearing in the Submission. Incomplete, corrupted, untimely, or unintelligible entries will be disqualified. If for any reason an Entrant's entry is confirmed to have been erroneously deleted, lost, or otherwise destroyed or corrupted, Entrant's sole remedy is another entry in the Competition. Sponsor reserves the right to determine in its sole discretion which entries have satisfied the entry requirements.

Entrants may enter more than once, as long as all entries comply with these Official Rules, including without limitation the Video Submission Requirements.

So what's in this video? It must:

Be a maximum of three (3) minutes in length; Be submitted in one the formats that YouTube accepts. Any other formats submitted and/or exceeding the time limit will be disqualified. Be the Entrant's original idea (modification of an previously published work shall not be considered an original idea). Entrants should not knowingly copy another's idea, but entries will not be excluded merely because another Entrant has a similar idea.

Videos must NOT:

Exceed three (3) minutes in play time; Contain material which is (or promotes activities which are) sexually explicit, obscene, pornographic, violent, self-mutilating (e.g., relating to murder, the sales of weapons, cruelty, abuse, etc.), discriminatory (based on race, sex, religion, natural origin, physical disability, sexual orientation or age), illegal (e.g. underage drinking, substance abuse, computer hacking, etc.), offensive, threatening, profane, or harassing. Include mention or performance of any copyrighted media production including but not limited to music, films, books, television programming, etc., or identifying descriptions of any media property.

Videos must NOT:

Contain material that violates or infringes another's rights, including but not limited to material that violates privacy, publicity or intellectual property rights, or that constitutes copyright infringement. Without limiting the foregoing, Video Submissions must not include third party trademarks, logos, insignia, location signage, photographs, artwork, or sculptures. Videos must not use music that isn't originally written, performed and produced by you, the Entrant.

All music featured in any video must be available to publicize and broadcast on a license-free, no compensation basis. Include third parties, including but not limited to minors, celebrities and friends who have not expressly authorized Entrants to display their image, likeness or voice in any submitted video or otherwise use such image, likeness or voice in accordance with these Official Rules.

By entering, each Entrant represents and warrants that his or her entry (and Sponsor's and its designees' use thereof) does not and will not defame or otherwise violate the rights of any third party and does not and will not violate any federal, state, or local laws or ordinances. Entrant further represents and warrants that he or she has secured the requisite consent from any third party referenced or appearing in their entries. To the extent that anyone under the age of 18 appears in a video, Entrant represents and warrants that the minor's parents consented to the minor's appearance in the video and the public display of the video on YouTube.

Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any entry that it believes violates any of the Video Submission Requirements, does not otherwise comply with these Official Rules, or that is not consistent with the spirit and theme of the Competition. Entrants will retain copyright in their work, but each Entrant grants to Sponsor a non-exclusive, worldwide, perpetual, assignable, royalty-free license to publish, reproduce, distribute, display, perform, create derivative works, transmit or disseminate the Works in all media or platforms whether now known or hereafter invented.

Entrant also waives any and all moral rights in the Works with respect to any use by Sponsor, its sublicensees, or assigns. Sponsor and its designees shall have the perpetual, worldwide right to publish and use the entries in any way, and in any media for trade, advertising, promotional, and/or other purposes as Sponsor and/or its designees may determine without further consideration to Entrant or any third party.
Videos shall be available for viewing once they are submitted. Video views generated by a script, macro or other automated means will be disqualified.
Videos will be reviewed by a panel of industry experts starting 1/15/2019 through 2/14/19.

Winning videos will be in one of four (4) categories: Best Overall, Best in Grades K-5, Best in Grades 6-8, Best in Grades 9-12 and People's Choice Award.

The concept videos submitted for the Move Mining Next Gen competition are evaluated by a rigorous two-step process.

Evaluation Process 1 validates that the video meets the basic criteria for concept video submission. The basic criteria includes: Does the video run within the 3-minute time limit?; Is the information included in the video accurate and current?; Are any copyrighted materials used in the video?; Is any portion of the video inappropriate?; Did the team compete all necessary forms (online entry form, parent permission form)?

Evaluation Process 2 determines, from the qualified videos, the top videos. The criteria for judging includes: Content Quality (Does the video clearly make the connection between population and the chosen topic?; Does the video explain why the chosen topic is important on a global scale?) Memorable/Creative (How well does the video draw in the viewer and keep their attention?; Is the video original and innovative?) Logical/Compelling (Does the video logically address how mining positively impacts the world?; Does the video educate or inspire action?) Production (What is the overall quality of production (including visual and sound elements?) Both evaluation processes include internal and external reviewers.
The official competition website records the number of "likes" each video receives. The video with the most "likes" during the Viewing Period (12:00 a.m. M.D.T. on 7/1/18 to 11:59 p.m. M.D.T. on 2/14/19) shall be deemed the People’s Choice Finalist. The number of "likes" shall be measured by the competition website’s voting method. In the event of a tie, the Sponsor may expand the number of days available for public voting. In the event that the video submission with the most votes is part of the Competition Finalists determined by a panel of industry experts, Sponsor reserves the right to choose the video with the next highest level of votes. All decisions of the Sponsor are final on all aspects of the Competition. Finalist videos may be displayed on various Sponsor-branded media, at the sole discretion of Sponsor.
The Winning Video(s) Team, as determined by the Judges, will be notified via email. The Winning Team(s) Team will be required to sign and return the affidavit of eligibility and liability/publicity release, tax forms and other documents required by the Sponsor within a reasonable amount of time, as determined by the Sponsor in its sole discretion. If a potential Winning Video(s) Team fails to sign and return the affidavit of eligibility and liability/publicity release within the required time period (if applicable), the potential Grand Prize Winner will be required to forfeit their winnings.
One (1) Best Overall: One Grand Prize winner or team ( "Grand Prize Winner" or "Winner"), will receive a $1,000 cash prize. One (1) People’s Choice: One People’s Choice winner or team ("People’s Choice Winner" or "Winner"), will receive a $500 cash prize. One (1) Best in Grades K-5 winner or team ("Best in Grades K-5" or "Winner"), will receive a $250 cash prize. One (1) Best in Grades 6-8 winner or team ("Best in Grades 6-8" or "Winner"), will receive a $250 cash prize. One (1) Best in Grades 9-12 ("Best in Grades 6-8" or "Winner"), will receive a $250 cash prize. Odds of winning will depend on the number of eligible entries received. In no event will more than one (1) winner be awarded per category.

Sponsor makes no representations or warranties with respect to the potential benefits or outcomes to Winner with respect to the advice or commentary provided.
Winner cannot assign or transfer the prize to another person. No prize substitution or changes are allowed except at the discretion of Sponsor. All prizes are subject to availability. If a prize or any portion of a prize cannot be awarded due to circumstances beyond the control of Sponsor, a substitute prize may be awarded; provided, however, that if prizes are awarded but unclaimed/forfeited by recipient, prize may not be re-awarded in Sponsor's sole discretion. Other restrictions may apply. Limit one prize per person, per household. Prize is provided "as is" without warranty of any kind. Winner is responsible for any loss of prize or portion of prize after it has been delivered.
In consideration of Entrant's Video being reviewed and evaluated for this Competition, each Entrant hereby grants to the Sponsor, its members and assignees, the exclusive, irrevocable, fully paid, universal license to use, copy, sublicense, transmit, distribute, publicly perform, publish, delete or display such Video, or any portion thereof, in any media now known or hereafter devised including, but not limited to all forms of television and all forms of Internet and wireless protocol. Each Entrant authorizes the Sponsor and any entities affiliated or in privity with the Sponsor to utilize, for eternity and in any manner they see fit, the Video submitted to Sponsor, and to make derivative works from such materials solely in connection with the Competition (i.e., to create promotional materials). Each Entrant releases the Sponsor, and their assignees and licensees, from any and all claims or liability (now known or hereafter arising), including but not limited to any claims for defense and/or indemnity, in connection therewith. Each Entrant agrees and acknowledges that participation in the Competition, including, without limitation, the Entrant's decision to provide the Entrant's submission to Sponsor for purposes of the Competition, shall not give rise to any confidential, fiduciary, implied-in-fact, implied-in-law, or other special relationship between Sponsor and Entrant, does not place the Sponsor in a position that is any different from the position held by members of the general public with regard to elements of the Entrant's video submission, and that the only contracts, express or implied, between the Sponsor and Entrant are as set forth in these Official Rules and the release forms. The Grand Prize Winner may be required to complete and execute additional documents and have third parties execute Sponsor's documents in connection with the rights granted to Sponsor as a condition of prize acceptance. In addition, by participating in the Competition and submitting a Video, each Entrant hereby grants permission (except where prohibited by law) for the Sponsor to use Entrant's Video, name, likeness, voice, quotes, comments, biographical information, photograph and/or image for the purpose of advertising, trade, or promotion without further notice, permission, compensation or consideration in any and all media now known or hereafter developed throughout the universe, unless prohibited by law. Except as required by law or permitted pursuant to these Competition Official Rules, the Sponsor will not share an Entrant's information with any third parties.
Each Entrant understands and acknowledges that the Sponsor has wide access to ideas, stories, designs, and other literary materials, and that new ideas are constantly being submitted to it or being developed by their own employees. Each Entrant also acknowledges that many ideas or stories may be competitive with, similar or identical to the Submission and/or each other in theme, idea, plot, format or other respects. Each Entrant acknowledges and agrees that such Entrant will not be entitled to any compensation as a result of Sponsor's use of any such similar or identical material. Each Entrant acknowledges and agrees that the Sponsor does not now and shall not have in the future any duty or liability, direct or indirect, vicarious, contributory, or otherwise, with respect to the infringement or protection of the copyright in and to the Submission. Finally, each Entrant acknowledges that, with respect to any claim by Entrant relating to or arising out of Sponsor's actual or alleged exploitation or use of any Submission or other material submitted in connection with the Competition, the damage, if any, thereby caused to the applicable Entrant will not be irreparable or otherwise sufficient to entitle such Entrant to seek injunctive or other equitable relief or in any way enjoin the production, distribution, exhibition or other exploitation of the Video or any other production based on or allegedly based on the Submission, and the Entrant's rights and remedies in any such event shall be strictly limited to the right to recover damages, if any, in an action at law.
Sponsor shall have the right and sole discretion to edit, to refuse to air or transmit, or cease to air or transmit any Video whatsoever which it finds to be in violation of these Official Rules, or which it finds in its sole discretion to be otherwise objectionable for any reason, including with respect to Sponsor's standards and practices and other policies. Sponsor also reserves the right to replace the Grand Prize Winner's Video with the Video of an alternate eligible Entrant in accordance with these Official Rules if such Video and/or Entrant is withdrawn from or removed from the Competition for any reason, including without limitation, Entrant's failure to have Sponsor's documents executed by third parties. Sponsor also reserves the right, in their sole discretion, to terminate the Competition for any reason in the event that there is an error, malfunction, problem or other cause which impacts the operation, administration or security of the Competition or the Sponsor and, in such situation, to select the winner(s) from the eligible Entries received prior to the action taken or in such manner as deemed fair and appropriate by Sponsor. The opinions expressed in the Videos are not necessarily (and in some cases not at all) those of the Sponsor. The Sponsor is not responsible for any materials provided by Entrants which are deemed harmful or offensive to others or for any harm incurred as a result of the Video's creation. The Sponsor is not responsible in any way for any injury, loss or damage which occurs as a result of an opinion expressed or information provided in the Videos transmitted on the website or on television. The Sponsor makes no warranties, express or implied, as to the content or the accuracy or reliability of any information or statements contained in the Videos. All statements and opinions made by Entrants are those of such Entrants only, and the Sponsor neither endorses nor shall be held responsible for the reliability or accuracy of same. Sponsor is not responsible for the content or practices of You Tube or other third party websites that may be linked to the Competition Homepage. This site may also be linked to websites operated by companies affiliated with Sponsor. Visitors to those sites should refer to each site's separate privacy policies and practices.
It is an express condition of submission and eligibility that each Entrant warrants and represents that Entrant's Video is solely owned by Entrant and solely created by Entrant for the purpose of entering this Competition, and that no other party has any rights or interest in the Videos. Entrant further represents and warrants that the Videos and any use thereof by the Sponsor or any partners, subsidiaries and affiliates in connection with programming, advertising, promotion and publicity, shall not infringe upon any statutory or common law intellectual property right (including, without limitation, any copyright) under U.S. and international laws and shall not constitute a defamation, or invasion of the right of privacy or publicity, or infringement of any other right of any kind of any third party.
The Competition may also be promoted by a third party or parties (each a "Promotional Partner," collectively "Promotional Partners"). Entrant shall indemnify and hold harmless the Sponsor, any Promotional Partners, and each of their respective parents, affiliates, successors, assigns and licensees, and each of their respective employees, shareholders, officers, directors, agents and representatives from and against any and all liability, claims, loss, damage, injury or expense, including reasonable attorneys' fees, arising in connection with any third party action arising out of a breach or allegation which if true would constitute a breach, of any of Entrant's representations, warranties or obligations herein.
By participating, each Entrant agrees that the Sponsor, its member stations, and each of their respective agents, representatives, parent companies, affiliates, subsidiaries and legal advisers, and each of their respective employees, shareholders, officers, and directors ("Released Parties") are not responsible or liable for, and shall be released and held harmless from: (i) late, lost, delayed, damaged, incomplete, illegible, unintelligible, misdirected or otherwise undeliverable mail, postage-due notices, release forms, affidavits or other correspondence; (ii) telephone, electronic, hardware or software program, network, Internet or computer malfunctions, failures, or difficulties of any kind; (iii) any condition caused by events beyond the control of the Sponsor that may cause the Competition to be disrupted or corrupted; (iv) any printing, human, typographical or other errors or ambiguities in (or involving) any materials associated with the Competition; (v) any and all losses, damages, rights, claims and action of any kind in connection with or resulting from participation in the Competition; (vi) acceptance, possession, or use of any prize, including without limitation, personal injury, death and property damage arising there from; and (vii) claims based on publicity rights, defamation or invasion of privacy. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to suspend or cancel the Competition at any time for any reason, including, without limitation, if a computer virus, bug or other technical problem corrupts the administration, security, or proper conduct of the Competition, strikes, lock-outs, acts of God, technical difficulties, and other events not within the reasonable control of Sponsor. BY PARTICIPATING IN THIS COMPETITION, ENTRANTS AGREE THAT THE RELEASED PARTIES WILL HAVE NO LIABILITY WHATSOEVER FOR, AND SHALL BE HELD HARMLESS BY ENTRANTS AGAINST, ANY LIABILITY FOR ANY INJURIES, LOSSES, OR DAMAGES OF ANY KIND TO PERSONS, INCLUDING PERSONAL INJURY OR DEATH, OR PROPERTY RESULTING IN WHOLE OR IN PART, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, FROM ACCEPTANCE, POSSESSION, MISUSE, OR USE OF THE PRIZE, ENTRY OR PARTICIPATION IN THIS COMPETITION OR IN ANY COMPETITION-RELATED ACTIVITY, OR ANY CLAIMS BASED ON PUBLICITY RIGHTS, DEFAMATION, OR INVASION OF PRIVACY, OR MERCHANDISE DELIVERY. THE RELEASED PARTIES ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE IF ANY PRIZE CANNOT BE AWARDED DUE TO TRAVEL CANCELLATIONS, DELAYS, OR INTERRUPTIONS DUE TO ACTS OF GOD, ACTS OF WAR, NATURAL DISASTERS, WEATHER, OR TERRORISM. WITHOUT LIMITING THE FOREGOING, EVERYTHING REGARDING THIS PROMOTION, INCLUDING THE COMPETITION HOMEPAGE AND ALL PRIZES, ARE PROVIDED "AS IS" WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, OR NON-INFRINGEMENT. SOME JURISDICTIONS MAY NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSIONS OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OR EXCLUSION OF IMPLIED WARRANTIES, SO SOME OF THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSIONS MAY NOT APPLY. CHECK LOCAL LAWS FOR ANY RESTRICTIONS OR LIMITATIONS REGARDING THESE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSIONS.
Colorado law governs this Competition. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of the Competition, or the rights and obligations of Entrants and Sponsor in connection with the Competition, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of Colorado, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules or provisions (whether of Colorado or any other jurisdiction) that would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than Colorado. In the event of a claim or dispute, Entrants' sole remedy shall be limited to their remedy at law for damages, if any, and Entrants shall not have the right to in any way enjoin or restrain the distribution, advertising, publicizing or other exploitation (in any form of media) of the Competition Homepage, the Competition, and/or any intellectual property owned or licensed by the Sponsor or their respective parent companies, subsidiaries, member stations, and affiliated entities. Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to prohibit any Entrant from participating in the Competition or to disqualify any individual it finds, in its sole determination, to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Competition; to be attempting to undermine the legitimate operation of the Competition by cheating, hacking, deception, or any other unfair playing practices; to be acting in violation of the Official Rules; or to be acting in a disruptive manner, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person. Sponsor may suspend or discontinue the Competition if, in its sole opinion, there is any actual or suspected tampering of the Competition, or any other malfunction, event or activity that may affect the integrity of the Competition. SPONSOR SHALL NOT BE OBLIGATED TO AWARD ANY PRIZE THAT RELATES TO OR ARISES OUT OF IMPROPER OR MISTAKEN PRIZE NOTIFICATION, OPERATION OR FUNCTION OF THIS COMPETITION.
Any personal information supplied by you to Sponsor will be subject to Sponsor's privacy policy posted at By entering the Competition, you grant Sponsor permission to share your E-mail address and any other personally identifiable information with You Tube or with any co-sponsor solely for the purpose of administration and prize fulfillment. Sponsor will not sell, rent, transfer or otherwise disclose your personal data to any third party other than as described above herein or in the privacy policy.
MEC (MINERALS EDUCATION COALITION), 12999 E Adam Aircraft Circle, Englewood, CO 80112
For a copy of the Official Rules, visit or send a self-addressed, stamped envelope for receipt by August 30, 2018, to: Official Rules, "Move Mining Next Gen", c/o MEC (MINERALS EDUCATION COALITION), 12999 E Adam Aircraft Circle, Englewood, CO 80112. For a list of winners, available after February 28, 2019, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope for receipt by December 31, 2018, to: Winners List, "Move Mining Next Gen", c/o MEC (MINERALS EDUCATION COALITION), 12999 E Adam Aircraft Circle, Englewood, CO 80112. Requests received without a self-addressed, stamped envelope will not be fulfilled.


Videos and permission forms can be submitted beginning July 1, 2018. All videos must be submitted by 11:59 pm M.T. on January 14, 2019. The website will no longer accept videos after that time.
Competitors are required to submit a 3-minute or less video in addition to a parental consent form online before on or before January 14, 2019. Competitors must submit a parental consent form if under the age of 18 prior to their video being posted online for public viewing.
Every person on your team who is under the age of 18 must submit a parental consent form completed by their parent or guardian prior to the team's video being viewed online. The parental consent form may be submitted online via online form or by the PDF form. The parental consent form should include the team name.
The parental consent form can be found online under the competition resources or the Submit Your Video. For questions about the parental consent form, please contact
There are different categories for the Move Mining Next Gen competition. The Best Overall ($1,000 prize) is judged by a panel of industry experts. The People’s Choice ($500 prize) will be determined by how many votes a video gets while online. The voting stops at 11:59 on February 14, 2019. The prizes for Grades K-5 ($250 prize), Grades 6-8 ($250 prize) and Grades 9-12 ($250) are the three age-group categories that will be determined by the panel of experts. If in July you are between age groups, determine your group by the grade you will be in on February 14, 2019. For example, if you just finished fifth grade in the spring of 2018, your video would go in the 6-8 category, because you will be in sixth grade on February 14, 2019.
The website is a free resource for you to use, if you choose. It is full of information about minerals and mining – even about careers – that may help you with your video topics. You can count on fact-based, relevant, and interesting information to make your video “smart.” Your teachers will go nuts over this resource. Be sure to tell them all about it. They will love the free and low-cost resources and lesson plans they will find there just by searching by grade level and topic.
Of course you can! We would love for you to become an expert!
Be sure you use facts that are true, timely and tested! This is not a time to make stuff up. An informative video will be powerful and gain the attention of the industry experts who are doing the judging!
Do not use music that is copyrighted. If you have questions about this, do some research. One website that has royalty free music at no charge is Read their instructions, as some of the songs just need to be credited, but are completely legal to use. Videos with copyrighted music will not be able to be posted for voting or used in the competition.
Do not include anything vulgar, inappropriate or inaccurate. We will not be able to post videos that make people feel uncomfortable or that go against the goal of informing people about the importance of minerals and mining in their lives.
Nope! All ages in grades K-12 are welcome to submit their ideas. All it takes is a little of your time and creativity!

Move Mining

It’s not what you say that matters. It’s what people hear.
Recent studies show a gap between what the general public has been hearing about mining and what the industry has been saying. They feel like they haven’t heard the positive messages about the industry that we know and love. And while they remain skeptical about some of the information that is produced by industry insiders, they are searching for a voice that can deliver data-driven success stories tied to real companies, real places and real people.

This is where Move MiningTM is making a difference in our community and our industry. Move Mining was created to help change the world’s perception of the mining industry. Individuals and teams from around the world participate in the Move Mining competition using technology, creativity and innovation to share their ideas on how to positively change or “move” the public’s perception of mining. The ideas address the core message pillars that mean the most to our audience and our industry stakeholders: economy, energy, environment, national security, infrastructure, innovation, technology, and safety.

Here’s how it works. Competing teams submit a three-minute video and one-page abstract outlining their concepts to SME by November 1, 2017. Four finalists are chosen by a consortium and one finalist is chosen by “people’s choice.” The people’s choice is a critical component of the 2017 Move Mining competition as it encourages teams to use social media and grassroots efforts to promote their concept.

All five finalists compete for a $5,000 cash prize by presenting their concepts before a panel of industry experts and a live audience during the 2018 SME Annual Conference & Expo in February.

To learn more about Move Mining, please visit

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Where do I start?

If you don’t have any ideas, you can look around and think about things you use and enjoy. What materials are used to make them? How does mining make it possible? While you research these questions, consider (Teachers love this site too!). That website is full of information about minerals and mining. You will be amazed. You will need your video to be factual and truthful, because, let’s face it, you want to sound smart on this one.

I have my idea. Now what?

Once you have some thoughts about the idea you are want to deliver, determine your method for sharing that message. You are not limited to any format, but some ideas include a commercial, an interview, a newscast, a song, a poem, or a short documentary. You will need to figure out how many team members you will need to make your idea come alive. Your style in sharing your idea might be what makes your video stand out. Any good writer or promoter thinks about his or her audience. Do you want this appeal to kids or adults? Put your own style into it so that your audience can relate to it. The only thing you are limited by is the three minute time restriction.

What makes a great video?

Be sure your video has the three most important elements: visual, audio and message! Try shooting it a few ways and in different lighting so that the audience can really see you! If possible, use a microphone that isn’t just your phone/camera microphone so that you can be heard. Microphones help to eliminate background noise. If you are using music, be sure it is not copyrighted, and that it is appropriate for your message. Don’t let it drown out your speaking part if it is intended to be background music. Lastly, and most importantly, be sure the message is true, clear and factual. Even if you decide to make a funny video, be sure it has a message. Your goal is to teach the audience about the importance of mining, not just to entertain them for three minutes.

I’ve finished filming. Now what?

Have some trusted friends or family watch your video. Ask them to analyze it honestly. Did they get your message? Was it clear to them what you were trying to achieve? Could they hear it? Could they see you?

If you answered yes to all of these questions, it sounds like it’s time to submit your video and your parent/guardian consent form (Yes, just another friendly reminder about that consent form!)

How soon can I submit my video?

You can submit it, along with your parent/guardian consent form, immediately. Once it is screened for appropriate content, it will be posted online for the world to see. The longer it is up for viewing, the more time you have to get votes!

Now it’s time to promote your video! Tell everyone you know about your project, and ask them to vote! Have your parents put it on their social media, tell your neighbors and friends. Share it with your class, show your principal. Memorize the link (we will send you this once it is posted) and tattoo it on your forehead (that’s a joke, don’t do that). No, seriously, spread the word and get those votes! You would win $1,000!

Wow! That was fun! Can I submit another video?

YES! Just be sure you have another, separate parent/guardian consent form for each video submitted. Try your hand at another unique video, a different style, different music: anything you want!

When do I find out if I won?

Winners will be announced on December 15. Check back on this website for a list of winning videos. If you’re the winner, we will contact you via email. If not, please do not give up. We will be doing this again next year.

Ready to Submit Your Video?

Upload your video early! You’ll want to make sure to share your video with your classmates, friends, and family to gain the most votes!

WAIT! Before you submit your video online, please read about the video upload process to make sure we receive your video. Watch the How-To Video to learn more!

Complete the Parent/Guardian Consent Form

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