Drones: Dalby, Chinchilla students take to the skies

Dalby, Chinchilla students to tackle drones, 3D printing

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DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY: About 100 Year 8 students from Dalby and Chinchilla will learn how to build and fly drones tomorrow.

DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY: About 100 Year 8 students from Dalby and Chinchilla will learn how to build and fly drones tomorrow.

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About 100 Year 8 students from Dalby and Chinchilla will learn how to build and fly drones tomorrow.

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YEAR 8 students from Dalby and Chinchilla will enter the world of digital technology tomorrow when they learn not only how to fly drones, but also how to print 3D parts and build them.

The My Digital World workshop, hosted by the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) at the Dalby State High School Bunya Campus, is a hands-on event aimed at motivating and inspiring students to consider science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) careers.

Arrow Energy community relations manager Peta Tucker said skilling students in regional areas would enable them in later life to choose local communities to live and work.

“These programs form an important role in addressing shortages for science and engineering-based professionals across the state, especially in regions,” Ms Tucker said.

“The workshop promotes STEM subjects, and the exciting and rewarding careers they can lead to.

My Digital World workshop is a hands-on event aimed at motivating and inspiring students to consider science, technology, engineering and maths careers.

“Importantly, we hope the program ignites a passion for STEM and generates greater numbers of science and engineering graduates in the future.

“They’ll enter the fast-moving world of digital technology, robotics and automation during the day-long event that inspires young minds to use technology - in real-world tasks."

The 100 students will hear from leaders in these fields - and have one-on-one time to learn more about career pathways. Attending experts are from STEM education specialists STEM Punks and the Department of Natural Resources and Mines.

Teachers are also given the opportunity to learn more about the technologies with professional development sessions being held in the region prior to the event.

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.

The activity is made possible through financial and in-kind support from Arrow Energy.

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