No place like drone in the classroom

6 September 2017

Students and teachers in the Darling Downs will design and build their own drones and then learn how to use them in a search and rescue mission today. And, that’s not all. They’ll also learn how to create code to operate a driverless vehicle, and fly drones on a ‘crop dusting’ mission.

About 30 teachers and 50 students from Millmerran and Pittsworth schools will take part in the teacher professional development and student activities presented by the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) in association with STEMPunks and sponsored by Millmerran Power.

Millmerran Power Station’s Plant Manager Chris Seydel said it was important for students to see the real-world uses for this new technology and to become excited about science, technology engineering and maths topics, which can lead them into resources sector careers.

“InterGen and Millmerran Power Station are pleased to provide high level expertise to local students and teachers. Digital technology is a fast moving area so investing in young people will ensure a productive and advanced workforce in the future,” Mr Seydel said.

The workshops provide a rare opportunity for teachers to become more confident in teaching science, technology engineering and maths (STEM) subjects in a very engaging way through the lens of this exciting new technology.

Millmerran State P-10 School Principal Jenny Kent said it’s a delight to have this opportunity for their students.

“If we are to have the skilled people in regional Queensland it’s important for students to have exposure to the building blocks of technological innovation and how it is used by industry,” Ms Kent said.

Queensland Resources Council (QRC) Director of Skills, Education and Training Katrina-Lee Jones said the workshops aim to enable teachers and students to be better equipped for the digital world.

“Students who develop these skills now will be well positioned in the workforce for the future, as they have been exposed to real-world current practices in the resources sector,” Ms Jones said.

The QMEA is the education arm of the Queensland Resources Council and is a partnership between the QRC and the Queensland Government under the Gateway to Industry Schools Program.

Media contact: Anthony Donaghy 0412 450 360
QMEA contact: Tammy Grady 0428 750 029