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Students And Teachers Get To The Core Of STEM

Pinpointing the location of copper ore through core data analysis, extracting it through a chemical process and finishing the day by creating a new drink recipe will be the tasks for students and teachers at Pimlico and Thuringowa schools on Thursday and Friday.  

They will be taking part in teacher professional development and STEM4 Schoolkids events run by the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) and supported by South32.

“We are delighted to support these events, which enable students to see the practical ways their classroom learning is used in the real world,” said Vice President of Operation at South32 Cannington, Rob Jackson.

“Our staff really enjoy mentoring the students and advising them about the wide range of careers open to them in our resources sector that are based on science technology engineering and maths (STEM),” he said.

“These activities are a great help to our teachers in bringing STEM to life in an engaging way for our students,” said Grant Dale, Principal of Thuringowa SHS.

“They will also assist us as we prepare to fully implement the new Australian innovation and technology curriculum,” he said.

Pimlico State High School principal Joel Buchholz said students responded well to these types of activities.

“You can almost see the penny drop as they work through the hands-on experiments, which is a great aid to encouraging, particularly girls, to continue with high-level STEM topics.”

The QMEA is a partnership between the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) and the Queensland Government under its Gateway to Industry Schools program. It has 60 schools throughout Queensland.

QRC is the peak representative body for Queensland ‘s resource sector. The Queensland resources sector provides one in every five dollars in the Queensland economy, sustains one in eight Queensland jobs, and supports more than 15,400 businesses and community organisations across the State, all from 0.1 percent of Queensland’s land mass.