It’ll be Bunsen burners, beakers and bots to the fore at Alexandra Hills State High School today when the school hosts students from Holland Park and Kingston state high schools.

The 60 students will be taking part in a workshop run by the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA), which will test their problem solving and encourage collaboration and complex design thinking.

“These are the skills needed for the workforce of the future,” said Glencore Coal’s Anthony Exelby, Senior HR Coordinator.

“Glencore Coal is a proud supporter of QMEA, which encourages students to continue with high-level science technology engineering and maths (STEM) subjects at school so that they enjoy a wider choice of careers in the future,” he said.

“It’s critical for students to experience the practical application of their classroom studies, while learning about the range of exciting career opportunities that STEM-related subjects can lead to in mining,” said James Palmer, Asset President of BHP Mitsubishi Alliance.

“Our sector is at the pointy end of technology and innovation so it’s important for us to ensure that we have high-calibre people seeking careers with us.”

Alexandra Hills SHS Principal Gail Armstrong said she was delighted to welcome the Holland Park and Kingston students to its school.

“As the location for the QMEA/Alexandra Hills SHS Centre of Excellence in Automation and Robotics, we can offer students special opportunities to explore careers in the resources sector,” she said.

“Our students benefit from cutting-edge resources and unique learning opportunities made possible through this schools/industry partnership.”

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