Programs

Description of Programs and Events

STEM Punks

A series of exciting and innovative student workshops and teacher professional development sessions with an overall focus on creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship. Sessions focus

on robotics, drones, 3D printing and advanced coding and have a resources/agricultural context applied demonstrating the use of these digital technologies in industry. All sessions have

strong links to the Digital Technologies curriculum and general ICT capabilities with additional links to science and Industrial Design and Technology curricula.  Hands on activities for both

students and teachers are an essential part of these workshops.

For more information, contact Tammy Grady tammyg@qmea.org.au

 

Classroom to Career

A series of talks delivered throughout the year by industry representatives either as face to face visits or as a webinar if resources are available. The theme / context of these sessions would be linked to the curriculum being delivered at the time and specific year levels would be the target audience. Small hands on activities or interactivity involving the students would also be part of the session.
Benefits for students

  • Presentations are linked to the National Curriculum minimising disruption of class
  • Students see and hear the real world application to their classroom learning.
  • Students engage with industry professionals gaining a unique insight to the world of work.

For more information, contact Tammy Grady tammyg@qmea.org.au

 

Physics in Flight

Representatives from QMEA partner companies will work with students to show off the unique and exciting ways Physics is fun. Using gravity and forces as its starting point, Physics in Flight is a paper plane competition which encourages students to design, test and build a paper plane that will stay in the air the longest. Industry representatives will support students throughout the program and demonstrate ways physics is used in their career.

Benefits for students

  • Physics in Flight can be run to suit school needs, either over a short session or a half or full day
  • QMEA can support a regional joint school competitions
  • Schools can work towards World Paper Plane competition with QMEA support

For more information, contact Tammy Grady tammyg@qmea.org.au

 

Water: A resource 4 all

A resource 4 all looks at how water is tested, managed & treated on a mine site. It contains a series of fact sheets, activities and practical problems that teachers can use with their year 7 science classes. The main practical activity will be coordinated with a visit to the school by an industry expert who can add vital real world knowledge and application to the activities and concepts the students have been studying. This set of activities and lesson ideas will help cover the following elements from the National Curriculum for Science – ACSSU113, ACSSU116, ACSHE121, ACSIS124, ACIS125, ACSIS126, ACSIS131, ACSIS133.
Benefits for students

  • All activities & resources are linked to the National Curriculum and can be used be entire classes/cohorts minimising disruption to class.
  • Students see and hear the real world application to their classroom learning.
  • Students engage with industry professionals gaining a unique insight to the world of work.

For more information, contact Daniel Rea danr@qmea.org.au

 

Energy for the Future

Energy for the Future endeavors to promote awareness around the various methods of electricity production available in today’s society now and into the future. Year 8 students work with industry representatives as well as first year engineering students. Students are allocated a country and they must determine the best energy production mix for their country now and 50 years into the future. Students attend industry lead presentations which discuss different energy sources. The day ends with students awarding energy contracts.  This sees students present their finding to an audience and take questions from the floor.

Benefits for students

  • Engage with professionals working in industry.
  • Work with like minded peers.
  • Gain an understanding of the true cost of energy production.
  • Gain a global understanding of energy production.

For more information, contact Tammy Grady tammyg@qmea.org.au

 

QSMART PD

QSMART PD teaches students about QSMART. QSMART enables students following a trade pathway to participate in key elements of both Maths and Science subjects with minimal disruption to school/student timetables. There are two courses within QSMART, and both courses contribute towards the Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE).

For more information, contact Kym Frost kymf@qmea.org.au

 

Beakers, Bots & Build

The program combines a number of challenge based activities based around the discipline of engineering. The practical tasks are designed for Year 9 and 10 students to work in teams and call on students to problem solve, plan, diagnose, analyse and construct. Each task is designed to encourage students to pursue further studies in maths and science in preparation for a university pathway in the field of engineering. Challenges are based around chemical processing, geology and environmental practices. All challenges have been designed in consultation with experts working in the field of engineering.

Benefits for students

  • Enhance problem solving, diagnostic and analysing skills.
  • Students work with industry professional gaining a real insight to the world of engineering.
  • Student work with real work related problems.

For more information, contact Tammy Grady tammyg@qmea.org.au

 

Make it now in Trade Camps/Challenges
Students are selected via an application process through their school. These students will attend the five day program and complete some trade based challenges, they will also have an opportunity to work side by side with some tradespersons or Apprentices to complete their project. Students will participate in a range of activities including orientation, safety induction,, fabrication, mechanical and electrical training tasks, and possible industry tours to mine sites and workshops.

Benefits for students

  • A working understanding for careers within the minerals and energy industries
  • Experience a simulated work environment
  • Better able to make informed decisions on their future career path and their school subject choice
  • Support students to work towards completing Certificate I or II in RIO

For more information, contact Kym Frost kymf@qmea.org.au

 

Make it now in Engineering Challenges
Students are selected via an application process through their school. MINE Challenges target those students considering a professional pathway into engineering or geology. Students have the opportunity to engage with industry mentors to solve genuine problems encountered on site and will be held in Mount Isa and Moranbah. Successful applicants will attend the five day program and participate in a range of activities including orientation, safety induction, site tours, career talks alongside working on the project and presenting their findings to management at the end of the week.

Benefits for students

  • A working understanding for careers within the minerals and energy industries
  • Experience a real life work environment and work on a real project
  • Better able to make informed decisions on their future career path and their school subject choice
  • Learn valuable insights into skills and knowledge required to succeed beyond school

For more information, contact Daniel Rea danr@qmea.org.au

 

QMEA Ambassador Program
Students selected as QMEA Student Ambassadors will participate in a number of activities across a twelve month period that will increase their understanding of the resources sector, provide opportunities for networking with other students and industry representatives and develop leadership skills.
Students will be required to attend a 4-day QMEA Student Ambassador Program in Brisbane in December.  During the year, they will also be invited to participate in a number of QMEA activities, and where appropriate may be asked to promote the QMEA and the benefits of working in the resources sector to industry, students and the community.

For more information, contact Daniel Rea danr@qmea.org.au

 

Resources & Infrastructure Workplace Preparation Certificate II Program

This entry level training is conducted in QMEA partner schools and Trade Training Centres and provides a direct career pathway to the minerals and energy sector for Years 10, 11 & 12.

The focus is the completion of entry level qualifications toward operator and trade pathways. The QMEA supports and offers a range of delivery models including full online delivery supported by short courses to undertake practical training. This training is offered in various locations and as such the delivery model will vary depending on partnerships established with local industry. The program includes an online theory component, a practical project, work placement component and if possible, a site tour or equivalent.

For more information, contact Kym Frost kymf@qmea.org.au

 

STEM for School Kids

STEM for School Kids is a full day event offered to Year 10 students who are looking to pursue an academic pathway of study in Year 11 & 12.  STEM for School Kids encourages the pursuit of excellence in Science or Science related subjects. Students compete in teams of three to complete a series of challenges based around the different disciplines of science and engineering related professions. Industry representatives are invited to act as mentors for the students while they complete the design and experimental stages of the program.

Benefits for students

  • Enhance problem solving and decision making skills.
  • Students work with industry professionals gaining a real insight to the resources sector.
  • Students learn to work as a team.

For more information, contact Daniel Rea danr@qmea.org.au

 

Toolkit for School Kids/Girls

Students are selected via an application process through their school. These students will attend a one day a program and will be invited to apply to attend Trade based camps that will build on the Toolkit experience. The Toolkit program will have them participating in a range of activities including orientation for the workshop, opportunities to hear from tradesmen and other industry experts about their roles in the minerals and energy industry, and try some hands on trade activities. There is also the possibility of students attending an industry tour to a mine site or training facility.

Benefits for students

  • A working understanding for careers within the minerals and energy industries and able to make informed decisions on their future career path.
  • Gain knowledge from Industry Experts on different types of career opportunities.
  • Assist in the transition from school to work and/or further education.
  • Encourage students to work towards completing qualifications such as Certificate 2 RIWP

For more information, contact Kym Frost kymf@qmea.org.au

 

Gladstone STEM in Schools Program

Sponsored directly by Conoco Phillips, the Gladstone STEM in Schools Program is designed to excite students and their teachers in the learning and teaching of STEM. Students will participate in experiential learning to broaden their minds about these disciplines while activities will build teacher capacity and capability in the teaching of STEM subjects.

Students are targeted from year six through to year twelve with the full suite of activities being designed and informed from extensive consultation with schools and local industry.

Activities will reflect real life learning and adopt a cross industry contextualised approach to incorporate the LNG industry and other STEM pathway fields.

Activities include:

  • Sky High Thinkers
  • Energy for Future Earth
  • Beakers.Bots.Build
  • STEM Stepping
  • Toolkit 4 Schoolkids
  • Ambassador Program

For more information, contact Tammy Grady tammyg@qmea.org.au

 

QMEA & QGC Robotics Futures Program

The Robotic Futures program aims to excite primarily teachers and their students in the learning and teaching of STEM, and uses automation and robotics to drive interest and acquisition of skills. Teachers’ ability to teach STEM subjects will be enhanced through exciting and engaging experiences linked to the national Digital Technologies Curriculum, as will their general capabilities in Information Communication Technologies (ICT). Students in tandem with their teachers will participate in direct experiential learning to broaden their minds about the advances in these technologies and need for complementary skills.

Activities include:

  • Mining Innovators – Robotics Teacher Professional Development sessions
  • Digital Capital Champions
  • Dro.Bo.Bots – primary
  • Resourceful Robots – secondary

For more information, contact Tammy Grady tammyg@qmea.org.au