Origin Energy LTW workshop Roma State College

Laser technology and the power of light were just some of the concepts explored in a recent workshop for Year 9 students delivered by the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) with the support of Origin Energy.

During the workshop the students from Roma State College expanded their knowledge of how light travels and the power of refractive light as a safety device across mining operations – from signage to high-vis clothing.

Roma State College principal Regan Gant said the ‘Lighting the Way’ workshop was the perfect blend of information and application for the students.

“These students are all studying light as part of the science curriculum and this workshop gave them increased knowledge and practical understanding of the importance of reflective light as a safety mechanism in a work setting,” said Mr Gant.

The QMEA is the education arm of the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) and is an industry-led initiative promoting the study of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) and trades to school students.

QRC Director of Skills, Diversity and Education, Katrina-Lee Jones, said the hands-on activities were designed by the QMEA team to complement the curriculum and ignite the students’ interest in the resources and energy sector.

“The students were excited to use laser technology and do problem-solving in teams to complete the workshop activities which included the use of lasers, mirrors and retro-reflective material,” said Ms Jones.

“The energy industry is going to continue to grow and I hope this experience has given the students an insight into the various roles involved in the sector and inspired them to continue their STEM studies.”

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