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)



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