From exploration to rehabilitation, year 10 students from Kelvin Grove State College and St Rita’s College will gain an in-depth understanding of mining and resources sector careers in a first for the schools (today 2nd May).

They’ll be taking part in the first STEM4School Kids events to be held for the schools’ students, after joining the 60-school strong Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA).

Led by industry professionals from Shell, ConocoPhillips, Glencore Zinc, Glencore Technologies and Rio Tinto, the workshop will include hands-on activities covering process engineering, minerals processing, mine-life cycles, exploration, mineral extraction and rehabilitation.

It’s the first QMEA event hosted by Kelvin Grove SC.

“These workshops place the students’ classroom learning in science technology engineering and maths (STEM) into a real-world context, helping them join the dots between the theory and practice,” said Sue Isbell (HOD eLearning) at Kelvin Grove SC.

“Having the industry professionals there also helps them to see first-hand the possibilities from studying STEM subjects,” she said.

“We’re very pleased to have Kelvin Grove and St Rita’s on-board as our newest QMEA schools,” said Katrina-Lee Jones, Director Skills Education and Diversity with the Queensland Resources Council.

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