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Batchfire supports STEM with local high school workshop

Batchfire recently visited Biloela State High School and Redeemer Lutheran College to educate and inspire students interested in a heavy hydraulics career.

The workshop, hosted by the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA), aimed to inspire bright futures within the resources sector.

We worked with 25 year eight and nine students on the creative design, engineering and problem-solving involved in ‘hydraulic arm’ models.

Students designed and built the hydraulic arm models, which used water to display the ability of non-compressible fluids to transfer force – thus creating movement.

Batchfire’s Field Maintenance Supervisor, Ian Hillier, worked with the students to ensure their designs were suitable for use, and helped throughout the engaging build process.

The workshop was an overwhelming success, with 100% of students that attended rating the experience as useful, informative and one they would do again.

“The activities in Heavy Hydraulics allow our students to put their tangible STEM skills to the test while also helping them further develop professional skills like collaborating, reading and comprehending technical instructions, and using new-found knowledge to solve problems,” Biloela State High School Principal, Natasha Bunn said.

“As educators, we’re dedicated to preparing these young men and women for life after school, and today’s workshop is showing them just how relevant their school studies are for the real world.”

At Batchfire, we are proud to support the passionate and enthusiastic young people who want to build upon their science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) skills.

“This workshop is all about inspiring the next generation to continue STEM studies, leading them to an exciting and rewarding career with Batchfire Resources or in the wider resources sector,” Batchfire CEO, Allan Mr Fidock said.

“I am very pleased that Batchfire’s partnership with QMEA is giving these Biloela students firsthand experience of how their classroom learning can be applied to solve real-world challenges.”

QMEA is the educational arm of the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) and is one of Australia’s largest and most successful industry-led education and schools training initiatives.

The academy works to ensure a talent pipeline for vocational and professional careers within the exciting resources sector under its Gateway to Industry Schools program in partnership with the Queensland Government.

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