In a first for students at The Cathedral College Rockhampton, science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) resources professionals visited the school to inspire them about STEM-related careers.
Students took part in the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) for high-achieving Year-10 students interested in pursuing a professional career in engineering or science.
Throughout the day, students completed a series of science and engineering-based challenges and hands on activities while resources sector professionals spoke to the students about their own careers. They mentored the students as they took part in the activities.
“Students often wonder why they are learning the theoretical side of STEM topics and these one-day events are a powerful way to demonstrate the practical application of the theory,” said The Cathedral College principal Rob Alexander.
“We are very excited to be one of QMEA’s newest schools which enables us to host these activities,” he said.
“These activities raise awareness about our industry with young people and help in the building of our future workforce,” said Clare Hudson, General Manager of Talent for Downer’s Mining Division.
“We are proud sponsors of the QMEA and its work in educating and skilling young minds and providing pathways to jobs or further study after they finish high school,” she said.
“This is a great opportunity to showcase the diversity of STEM careers in the resource sector,” said Coronado Curragh’s Emma Pollard.
“It also gives our employees the chance to work with students and local schools, something they genuinely enjoy doing,” she said.
“We’re very grateful to companies for releasing their staff to come and mentor the students and open their eyes to some pretty exciting careers,” said Katrina-Lee Jones, Director Skills, Education and Training with the Queensland Resources Council (QRC).
“I particularly congratulate Downer and Coronado Curragh for providing their highly qualified people to mentor and inspire the students.”
The QMEA is a partnership between the QRC and the Queensland Government under its Gateway to Industry Schools program. It has 46 schools throughout Queensland.