Miles State High School students stepped on the gas with technology when robots invaded their classroom. The students learned to program Lego robots and discover how they are used in the gas industry.

They were put through their paces in a Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) workshop led by QMEA’s Innovation Partner Dr Damien Kee.

And, their teachers weren’t left behind.  They were kept at least a step ahead of their students and better prepared to teach the new Australian digital and design technologies curriculum, following expert tuition from Damien, a world-leading robotics education expert.  The event was supported by Origin Energy.

“Digital technologies are an integral part of workplaces, and it’s great to see the QMEA equipping students with knowledge to give them a good grounding for their future careers,” said Katrina-Lee Jones, Director Skills Education and Diversity with the Queensland Resources Council (QRC).

“We’re very proud that we can provide these schools with such a highly skilled person as Damien to grow teacher capability.’’

Principal of Miles SHS Josette Moffatt said the professional development workshop was particularly welcomed by teachers who had limited opportunities for such face-to-face events.

“It’s also very helpful for students to see the practical application of their studies,” she said.

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