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From rock to reality – Moura State High School students are today discovering the critical role of mineral resources in everyday life at an insightful educational experience delivered by the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA).

Thanks to support from Anglo American, the QMEA, the education arm of the Queensland Resources Council (QRC), is helping the next generation make personal connections with the importance of the mining industry at its unique ‘Treasures of the Earth’ workshop.

QRC Director of Skills, Education and Diversity, Ms Katrina-Lee Jones said about 25 Year 7 students have today embarked on an interactive scavenger hunt that clearly demonstrates if something is not grown, it’s mined.

“Students are working in teams to track down clues around the classroom linking elements in the Periodic Table with everyday items like gaming consoles, cosmetics, and electric vehicles,” Ms Jones said.

“Guided by representatives from Anglo American, students will gain a deeper understanding of the significance of mining and resources, particularly as we transition towards a net-zero future.”

General Manager of Anglo American’s Dawson Mine (Acting), George Karooz, said in addition to supporting regional skills development, the partnership with QMEA helps students understand how their classroom learning translates to real-world applications.

“Anglo American produces steelmaking coal that is not only essential to creating a modern, safe, technology-driven world, but it will also play an integral role in society’s transition to a low-carbon economy,” he said.

“Our Dawson Mine teams always enjoys the opportunity to share their knowledge and we’re pleased to be able to play a role in mentoring the students through activities, while also offering firsthand insights into the many rewarding career pathways into our sector.”

Moura State High School Principal, Mrs Jill Lees said today’s experience is a fun change of pace to traditional classroom learning, with the structure cleverly complementing the National Science Curriculum.

“Students are always eager to find out how their studies are preparing them for life after school, and this fun and interactive workshop showcases the importance of science in the world around us,” Mrs Lees said.

“As educators, we’re always on the lookout for new and innovative ways to help our students retain critical STEM knowledge, and today’s treasure hunt is a creative and engaging forum for them to unlock the mysteries of the Periodic Table of Elements.”

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

The academy encourages a talent pipeline of employees into vocational and professional careers, with a focus on female and Indigenous participation. The QMEA currently engages with over 90 schools and is a partnership between the QRC and the Queensland Government under its Gateway to Industry Schools program.

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