A QMEA key teacher is appointed and supported at each school. This person is the first point of call for QMEA Project Officers. In addition, QMEA may work with other teachers to design, develop and implement programs, and support programs being offered within the school.
QMEA supports teachers within its schools in a number of ways including:
Awards - In 2014 QMEA will offer one QMEA Outstanding Teacher Award and up to five QMEA Teacher Recognition Awards. Further detail can be found here.
Curriculum - QMEA supports the development of curriculum contextualised to the resources sector. QSMART and a number of robotics units exist, and QMEA is in the process of developing CSG and LNG units with links to the Australian Curriculum.
Conferences - QMEA supports the attendance at selected conferences which offer teacher and student workshops.
Professional Development - QMEA offers a range of professional development opportunities for teachers including workshop and conference attendance, webinars and site tours. Full details can be found here.
A focus of QMEA is to work with schools in subject areas aligned to STEM – science, technology, engineering and mathematics. However, due to the diversity of the minerals and energy industry, QMEA also works across a number of other subject fields such as agriculture and horticulture for site regeneration projects, geography for Spatial Technologies (GPS and GIS) and Vocational Education and Training (VET) programs for targeted certificate programs and school-based apprenticeships and traineeships (SATs).