Students at Ignatius Park College and Charters Towers State High School will take part in innovative hands-on science, technology engineering and maths (STEM) workshops for the first time this week, thanks to Adani.

Adani’s support has enabled the two schools to join the highly-regarded Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA)and bring the number of academy schools to 80 across the state.

“Adani is proud to participate in this event which helps students understand the opportunities and career paths on offer to them,” said Head of Communications for Adani Australia, Kate Campbell.

“With our mining, renewables, and infrastructure assets based in Queensland, we want to ensure local kids get the benefit of our support,” she said.

“We want them to know about the many opportunities open to them in our sector, that can potentially bring them back to their home-towns and keep regional communities strong, while building the skilled workforce that we need.”

“We’re very excited that our students now have the opportunities that being part of the QMEA brings,” said Shaun Clarke – Principal Ignatius Park College.

“Particularly beneficial is the contact between the students and the Adani staff who will be beaming into the workshops to virtually mentor the students and offer advice on the projects at hand, as well as how to step onto STEM career pathways,” he said.

Kaye Corcoran Principal Charters Towers State High School said the students would get a taste of the technology used every day in the resources sector through hands-on projects including programming Lego EV3 robots and constructing a conveyor belt to sort coal.

“It’s also a great way for students to see how their classroom studies relate to the real world of work,” she said.

The QMEA engages with 80 schools throughout Queensland and is a partnership between the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) and the State Government under its Gateway to Industry Schools program.

The QRC is Queensland’s peak representative body for coal, metal and gas explorers, producers and suppliers across the resources sector. It contributes one in every five dollars to the Queensland economy, sustains one in six Queensland jobs and supports more than 14,400 businesses and 1400 community organisations across the state – all from 0.1 percent of Queensland’s land mass.

Media contact: Katrina Lee Jones 0421 922 446 katrinalj@qrc.org.au

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