Teachers from Millmerran and Pittsworth schools will learn some powerful lessons to help energise their students today.

They will tour the Millmerran Power Station to gain insights into the operation of one of Australia’s most efficient and advanced power generators as part of Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) activities.

Neil Burtenshaw, Millmerran Power’s Site Services Manager, said it was important for teachers and students to understand the complexities of power generation and the place it has in our day-to-day lives.

‘We value the contribution QMEA makes to this understanding and its role in fostering interest in STEM to encourage the next generation of skilled employees,’ he said.

The nine teachers will share this knowledge with their students at Millmerran P-10 School, and Pittsworth State High School.

‘Our staff look forward to the opportunity to tour the power station and gain an understanding of how it operates. The chance to develop connections within the community is thoroughly beneficial,’ said Millmerran State P-10 School, Principal, Jenny Kent.

‘The tour is a great demonstration of the support Millmerran Power gives to the local community and the relationship they have built with the schools, through the QMEA,’ said Queensland Resources Council’s (QRC) Director of Education, Skills and Diversity Katrina-Lee Jones.

Yesterday, around 60 digital technology students from years 9 and 10 at Miles State High School took part in the QMEA Drones, Data and 3D workshop in which they not only learnt to fly drones, but also how to code them to complete a ‘search and rescue’ mission.

The program is supported by the Australian Government under its Maker Spaces program.

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