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Local students will help mining company professionals solve some tricky problems during a hands-on workshop today designed to ignite their passion for science engineering technology and maths (STEM) subjects.
About 50 Wavell State High School students will take part in the STEM for Schoolkids workshop run by the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy.

“The purpose of the event is to inform and inspire students to continue to study STEM subjects and pursue STEM-related careers,” said Alison Pound, Head of Science at Wavell SHS.

“We very much appreciate the time the industry people take to mentor our students and join the dots between their classroom learning and the world of work,” she said.

“It’s also great for them to hear first-hand from industry professionals the pathways into those careers and what it takes to get there.”
Representatives from Shell QGC, Glencore Coal, Thiess, BHP, and Rio Tinto will take part in the event.
“The students will also discover the whole lifecycle of mining from discovery of minerals, to mining and processing of minerals and mine site rehabilitation,” said Katrina-Lee Jones, Director of Skills Education and Diversity with the Queensland Resources Council (QRC).

“They will also discover the broad range of STEM-based careers from geologist to process engineer and environmental engineer,” she said.

“We also encourage girls and Indigenous students to take part in these workshops to ensure that they also understand the careers open to them if they continue with STEM studies at school.”

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