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Year 11 Biology class participating in the studies of the BIEEC Harbour Watch. The program involved monitoring marine and estuarine water and substrate in the Gladstone Harbour and surrounds. Students tested water quality at Police Creek and Lake Callemondah, Gladstone.

On Wednesday 31st May, 2018, 24 year 10 students attended the QMEA STEM-Stepping all-day event. The students were provided with insights into the life of professionals who currently work in a range of S.T.E.M. fields. Students met professionals at APLNG and Gladstone Regional Council offices before walking to CQU for more presentations by professionals and two current QMEA Ambassadors. The professions ranged from APLNG’s Information Technology Global Security to a variety of Engineers from both APLNG and Gladstone Council as well as Human Resources and many others including some that the students did not expect. Each professional explained their journeys; where they began and where they are currently. Some great advice was given to the students with respect to their future endeavours including, ‘Never miss an opportunity,’ ‘Work hard,’ and ‘Life may not take the straight path so be prepared to be resilient and keep working.’  As discussed by all presenters including the QMEA Ambassadors, getting involved and undertaking work experience as well as not giving up were the main themes of the day. All students enjoyed the opportunity with many returning with a new enthusiasm and goals for their futures.
Well done to all who attended with special mention to Lethen Parkes who impressed QMEA Project Manager for Education and Innovation, Ms Tammy Grady, and Quinn Brennan who impressed the judges.

Toolkit 4 Schoolkids
Ten year 10 students attended the QMEA Toolkit 4 Schoolkids workshop on 21st May, 2018. This one-day workshop was especially designed to assist students, interested in a trade, with making informed subject selections and career choices.
Tradespeople, apprentices, QMEA VET Education Project Manager, Kym Frost and Programmed Training Co-ordinator, Karen Bellert presented first-hand information to students who were encouraged to ask questions in order to gain a clearer understanding of specific trades in the minerals and energy fields. For the ‘hands-on’ section, students participated in a range of practical activities using the APLNG Training Rigs in the CQU Process Lab-room.
The training rigs allowed students to undertake practical activities with real world applications to the minerals and energy sector. The day was enjoyed by all with students taking away new information as well as much quoted advice including, ‘Employers want students to be prepared to work, have legible handwriting and have a sound knowledge of English, Mathematics and Science.’