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Batchfire supports next generation of STEM leaders

Batchfire supported an ‘ore-some’ STEM Unearthed workshop earlier this month, alongside the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA), providing local high school students a glimpse into the promising future of the resources sector. 

A group of Year 9 students from Redeemer Lutheran College explored the exciting world of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) through a series of hands-on activities. 

The workshop was delivered by QMEA, the education arm of the Queensland Resources Council (QRC), with the generous support from our Batchfire Resources site team.   

Our CEO, Allan Fidock, reiterated how proud we are to sponsor the QMEA workshop as we help to educate the next generation of STEM professionals.  

“The STEM Unearthed workshops are a vital educational tool, offering an early glimpse into the resources industry for local students – some of whom will go on to become leaders in this field,” Mr Fidock said. 

“We are immensely proud to support the next generation through events like this one and the upcoming Heavy Hydraulics workshop, offering students a practical look at the latest technology, innovation and career opportunities at Callide Mine.” 

Redeemer Lutheran College acting principal, Megan Worthington, said the workshop extended the students’ critical thinking and problem-solving skills and gave them a unique opportunity to talk to the Batchfire team about their careers. 

“Today is about exciting the students about pursuing STEM subjects in senior school and sparking an interest in ultimately following a STEM career path,” Ms Worthington said at the event. 

QRC Director of Skills, Education and Diversity, Katrina-Lee Jones said the workshop was designed to give a resources industry perspective to STEM concepts being studied as part of the Australian curriculum. 

“The students worked in teams to run a simulated mine site identifying and resolving common issues including financial decisions, maintenance of equipment and sustainability practices,” Ms Jones said. 

“They also got to role-play being a metallurgist as they did an experiment to extract metal from rock – a process essential to the resources industry.” 

“Today was all about giving the students an experience which could help them to make an informed decision about their subject selection for Years 11 and inspiring them about their future.” 

We love supporting the next generation of resources industry professionals and look forward to continuing to our work with QMEA. Next up is the Heavy Hydraulics workshop in July – we can’t wait! 

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