Batchfire employees visit Redeemer Lutheran College in Biloela for STEM Unearthed workshop

June 23, 2022

The partnership between Batchfire Resources and the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) is delivering positive outcomes for Biloela students.

Two of our employees recently visited Redeemer Lutheran College in Biloela to participate in a STEM Unearthed workshop hosted by QMEA.

Batchfire’s Hannah Kitching and Samuel Kenny joined the group of children from Year 10 for a workshop simulating real-world challenges at a mine site.

The students began by creating their own lithological logs which are used to record soil and rock samples from deep underground.

Then they were challenged to use their process engineering, problem solving and teamwork skills in a series of tasks replicating issues they might encounter as mining industry professionals.

Hannah and Samuel assisted the students during the activities which demonstrated the importance of science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM) in the resources sector.

Batchfire Resources CEO Allan Fidock said providing education pathways for Biloela students makes an important contribution to regional skills development.

“It was great to have Batchfire representatives Hannah Kitching and Samuel Kenny at the workshop, guiding students through exciting tasks that simulate resource industry challenges in metallurgy, process engineering and geological mapping,” he said.

STEM Unearthed is a popular program developed by the QMEA, the education arm of the Queensland Resources Council (QRC).

The program supports Year 10 students who need to decide which subjects to choose to study in Grade 11 and 12.

QRC Director of Skills, Education and Diversity, Katrina-Lee Jones, said there is an abundance of exciting career opportunities awaiting the next generation in the resources sector.

“STEM Unearthed is all about encouraging Grade 10 students to continue studies in STEM subjects as they complete their final senior school years,” Ms Jones said.

“In doing so, these students will start to pave their own educational pathway to a promising future before they’ve even graduated, giving them the opportunity to select from a multitude of highly-paid, and increasingly in-demand roles.”

Thank you to Redeemer Lutheran College Principal, Eureka Coetzee, for hosting our employees. We look forward to visiting the school again soon.

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Batchfire’s Samuel Kenny with Redeemer Lutheran College students.
Batchfire’s Hannah Kitching with Redeemer Lutheran College students.
STEM Unearthed workshop at Redeemer Lutheran College.
Batchfire’s Hannah Kitching and Samuel Kenny at the STEM Unearthed workshop.