YEAR 10 students interested in a career in the resources sector were given the opportunity to learn more about science and engineering career pathways, as they participated in the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) Science Olympiad program in Rockhampton last week.
Students from North Rockhampton State High School, Mount Morgan State High School, Blackwater State High School, The Cathedral College and Glenmore Secondary College investigated the exploration, extraction and rehabilitation phases of the mining process as they worked collaboratively to solve science and engineering based problems.
The students learnt about ore body formation and analysed core samples and drill core data to determine where particular ore body was located.
Students presented their findings to the group and justified their decision on the economic viability of a mine.
Students also modelled extraction, trialling two methods of chemical processing, and determining efficiency of the procedures based on yield.
Finally, students completed a 'reshaping the land activity' to simulate the considerations required during rehabilitation.
Other Science Olympiads are also being held in Brisbane, Mackay and Gladstone this month.