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Tec-NQ, Thuringowa and Cloncurry students got another step closer to connecting their classroom lessons to the real world with a workshop showcasing how the study of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) can lead to an exciting career in the resources sector.

Over fifty Year 10 students participated in a STEM Unearthed workshop rotating through a range of science activities linked to roles in the mining and energy industry. The workshop was sponsored by South32 and delivered by the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) the education arm of the Queensland Resources Council (QRC).

Thuringowa State High School Principal, Peter Stumer, said the students were excited to connect with industry experts from South32 and get some ideas on a possible career path.

“These students are already STEM enthusiasts, and this workshop gives them a greater understanding how they can convert this interest into a future job that will provide them with plenty of opportunities,” said Mr Stumer.

South32 Cannington Vice President Operations Joe Russell said South32 was proud to sponsor the school workshops and give back to the community.

“The workshops are a great opportunity to demonstrate some of the valuable career pathways that are on offer in the mining industry,” Mr Russell said.

“At South32, we produce commodities that are critical for the transition to a low-carbon world and it’s exciting for us to show young people how they can be part of that process.”

QRC Director for Education, Diversity and Skills, Katrina-Lee Jones said the workshop was designed to complement concepts in the Australian science curriculum.

“On one level the workshop supports their science studies, and on another level, it provides the students with a unique opportunity to engage with industry experts from South32,” said Ms Jones.

“We know that interaction like this is vital for students at this age as they consider their study and career options.”

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