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Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA)


​More than 60 students from three Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) schools in the Blackwater and Rockhampton region will participate in a day of debate on how different countries can meet global energy demands at the annual QMEA Energy for the Future Forum today.

Year 8 students will gather at the Blackwater International Coal Centre and work with QUT ambassador students and industry representatives from a number of resources sector companies.

Drawing on their science curriculum studies, and having considered a range of other factors including geography, weather and economy, the students will then propose the best energy mix for their assigned country, justifying their decisions to industry representatives.

Each country will present its findings at the end of the day and award an energy ’contract’ while debating sustainability and the energy choices of the other groups.

QMEA Project Officer Tammy Grady believes knowing the facts about energy production and creation is vital for students.

‘Not only do the students learn about each energy source but they get to understand the true costs associated with them,’ Ms Grady said.

‘Working with industry personnel who immerse themselves in this each day, is very valuable for the students,’ Ms Grady added.

QMEA Student Ambassador Bradley Fuller said the day presents a challenging opportunity for students to think strategically and broaden their understanding of energy production and efficiencies.

‘Students analyse information from numerous sources and work with industry and QUT reps to learn about how this translates in different countries, not simply our own,’ Bradley said.

The QUT students will stay on in Blackwater after the event and work with Year 10, 11 and 12 Blackwater State High School students at the QMEA Career Café.

Participating schools include Blackwater State High School, Emerald State High School and North Rockhampton State High School.

Participating industries include Westfarmers Curragh, BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance and Jellinbah Group.

The QMEA is an industry and education partnership representing a collaboration between the resources sector through Queensland Resources Council and the Queensland Government.