In firsts for two Cloncurry schools, robots will invade their classrooms this week.

Cloncurry State School P-12 and St Joseph’s Catholic School students will take part in Beakers.Bots.Build, a Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) workshop aimed at encouraging their interest in science technology engineering and maths (STEM) subjects.

It’s the first time this workshop has been hosted in Cloncurry and is the first ever QMEA event for St Joseph’s, which recently came on board as one of 60 QMEA schools throughout the state.

The widely-acclaimed workshops will also be conducted at Spinifex State College in Mount Isa this week.

“These workshops also play an important role in exposing students to the technology used by the resources sector, and the many different career paths available,” said Glencore’s Stephanie Jackson.

“South32 is also delighted to be part of these workshops and support the QMEA, which plays an important role in helping us to engage directly with students about careers, particularly girls and Indigenous students,” said South32’s Vice President of Operations Cannington Rob Jackson.

St Joseph’s Principal Judy Bell said the school was excited to become a QMEA school and looked forward to the opportunities it would bring for its students.

“Our teachers will also be able to access valuable teacher professional development delivered through the QMEA programs,” she said.

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