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​Students from Emerald, Blackwater and North Rockhampton State High Schools have had a taste of how robotics, maths and science are applied in the real world of the resources sector at a workshop in Blackwater today.

The 40 students are taking part in a Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) Expand Your Mind workshop at Blackwater State High School under the guidance of industry experts.

The workshop is aimed at motivating and inspiring young people to consider careers in science, technology, engineering and maths.

‘As Expand your Mind is directly linked to our current Year Nine curriculum studies, this is a perfect extension activity for our regional students,’ said Blackwater State High School junior secondary co-ordinator, Georgia Wignall.

‘The additional benefit of working with local industry representatives adds a level of real world application to the challenges, which is ideal in a science, technology, engineering and maths setting.’

‘Science, technology, engineering and mathematics play a vital role in the resources sector and Wesfarmers Curragh is pleased to see so many young people taking up these challenges in programs such as Expand your Mind which we are proud to support’, said Craig McCabe, General Manager Wesfarmers Curragh.

North Rockhampton student Simon Bartlem said: ‘I’m not sure what I want to do for a career but I know I want to go to university. These workshops are great because it’s a lot different to a class and you learn a lot more stuff.’

The workshop was attended by six industry representatives – Mitch Whitewick, Tamara Birleson and Liam Clancy from BMA; Bobby Penm from Wesfarmers; Rebekah Jones from Thiess; and Adrian Schmidt from Jellinbah.

Further QMEA information: Tammy Grady 0428 750 029

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