The Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration promotes first children's book series, Mineral Maniacs and the Magic Hardhat.

June 22, 2017
Elko Daily Free Press

The Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration is promoting the first in a children’s book series “exploring the exciting and educational world of mining, geology and engineering.”

Finalists in the 2016 SME Move Mining Competition, Ryan and Jules Miles, took the stage during the SME Conference & Expo in February with a presentation on how their children’s book, “The Mineral Maniacs and the Magic Hardhat,” could help to change the public’s perception of mining.

The couple, also known as Team Miles of Smiles, caught the eye of both Climax Molybdenum Co., a subsidiary of Freeport-McMoRan, and Ryan Miles’ employer, the Electrum Group, to sponsor the publishing of their first book.

In the months since the Move Mining Competition, Miles of Smiles has completed the novel, put the finishing touches on illustrations, and had it published and made available through the SME bookstore and other vendors.

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