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Almost 30 Biloela students will unearth the wonders of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) when they take part in the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA)’s ‘STEM Unearthed’ workshop today (26 May).
The QMEA, the school engagement arm of the Queensland Resources Council (QRC), will equip Year 10 students from Redeemer Lutheran College and Biloela State High School with the skills needed for a rewarding career in the resources sector.
Supported by sponsor Batchfire Callide, the hands-on activities enable students to explore the intricacies of starting a mine, mining coal and rehabilitating a mine site within financial and time constraints.
“This workshop helps students understand the importance of STEM in the resources sector, and identify pathways into professional careers into the sector,” said QRC Director of Skills, Education and Diversity, Katrina-Lee Jones.
“We know these workshops help encourage students to continue to pursue STEM subjects into Years 11 and 12, so that they are equipped to take on further education and training for resources careers,” said Redeemer Lutheran College Principal, Eureka Coetzee.
“Our people always look forward to sharing their career experiences and how they transitioned from school to a resources sector pathway,” said Batchfire Callide’s Head of Business, Chris Coombes.
“The initiative is invaluable in making the students’ classroom lessons come to life and highlight the great careers that can result from STEM studies in their hometown,” Mr Coombes said.
The QMEA is Australia’s largest and most successful industry-led education and skills training initiative and seeks to broaden student and teacher knowledge of VET and STEM career opportunities in the resources sector.
The academy is largely funded by QRC members and sponsors, and currently delivers hands-on workshops and programs to 80 Queensland schools. The QMEA has a focus on increasing female and Indigenous participation and is part of the Gateway to Industry Schools Program which is supported and funded by the Queensland Government.