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Roma students are today discovering how science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM) skills can help them pave a successful pathway to an exciting future in the resources sector thanks to a hands-on workshop delivered by the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA).

With support from Origin Energy, about 30 Year 10 students from Roma State College are participating a dynamic learning experience developed by the Queensland Resources Council’s (QRC) education arm, enabling them to explore their STEM potential and discover a world of rewarding career opportunities.

QRC Director of Skills, Education and Diversity, Ms Katrina-Lee Jones said ‘STEM Unearthed’ is a game-changer for students on the precipice of their final senior school years, equipping them with the relevant skills and resources to make informed decisions about their study or training pathways.

“This unique experience is designed to immerse the students in hands-on activities with a specific focus on the resources industry, and seamlessly integrates critical subjects such as chemistry, geology, and engineering,” Ms Jones said.

“Under the expert guidance of representatives from Origin, the students are eagerly delving into the fundamentals of a gas project today, unveiling the myriad of careers associated with each stage.”

Origin’s General Manager Asset West, Ms Aleta Nicoll, said students are working collaboratively in teams to develop their own simulated gas pipeline, linking their STEM learning to principles of gas exploration, extraction, and effective pressure management.

“Origin is committed to fostering a sustainable talent pipeline for STEM professionals, and by showcasing the practical applications of STEM in the gas industry, the students will gain a deeper understanding of the diverse career pathways available, including roles like scientists, software engineers, and surveyors,” Ms Nicoll said.

“Today’s experience goes a step further than just helping students make personal connections with the importance of the resources and energy sector, and also showcases the importance of pursuing further STEM studies in Years 11 and 12.”

Roma State College Acting Principal, Mrs Alese Woods said the school is proud to be partnering with the QMEA to deliver fun and engaging educational experiences that cleverly complement the classroom curriculum.

“This is the second QMEA workshop Roma State College has hosted in the last month, and we know how valuable hands-on learning can be when helping students connect practical theory with real-world applications,” Mrs Woods said.

“We’re confident today’s session is giving our students the right tools to open doors to a world of opportunities in the resources and energy sector, while nurturing their passion for STEM education.”

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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