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Local students will discover how the formation of crystals is linked to the critical minerals industry in a workshop run by the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA), the education arm of the Queensland Resources Council. 

With the help of resources sector professionals, they’ll study crystal formation and how this applies to the structure of critical minerals such as cobalt and vanadium, which are needed for low-emissions technologies. 

This hands-on workshop is designed to enhance students’ science technology engineering and maths (STEM) studies. 

“It’s also an opportunity for students to talk about STEM careers with industry people and understand what they have to achieve at school to follow these careers,” said Katrina-Lee Jones, Skills and Education Director with the QRC. 

“We’re facing skills shortages, particularly in STEM-related fields such as engineering and geology, so it’s a great way to spark the interest of our next generation of STEM professionals,” she said. 

“Its these young people who will help engineer our low-emissions future using the mineral and energy resources abundant in Queensland.” 

“The Watch it Cool workshop is a great way for students to experience the practical application of their STEM subjects,” said Alexandra SHS Principal Julie-Ann McCullogh. 

“They’ll also develop their skills in collaboration, problem solving and networking, which are enormously important for success in the workforce. 

As Australia’s largest and most successful industry-led education and skills training initiative, the QMEA seeks to broaden student and teacher knowledge of career opportunities in resources.  

The academy encourages a talent pipeline of employees into VET and STEM-related careers, with a focus on female and Indigenous participation. The QMEA currently engages with 80 schools and is a partnership between the QRC and the Queensland Government under its Gateway to Industry Schools program.       



Media Contact: Caroline Morrissey  0417 770893 or Carolinem@qrc.org.au 

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