Students head to mining camp

Twenty seven West Australian high school students are set to spend a week travelling across the state’s south west in a bid to learn more about the mining industry.

Year 11 and 12 students will gain first-hand experience in geosciences and mining during the Curtin Western Australian School of Mines’ Focus on Mining camp.

The aim of the camp is to motivate young people to pursue careers in the mining sector, with 11 girls and 16 boys to take part in the trip which will include hands-on workshops, tours of operational mine sites, and two networking evenings.

Curtin Science Outreach Manager, Emma Donnelly said the camp often re-affirmed the students’ desire to study science or engineering, with many students reporting the camp influences their study and career plans.

“Students are exposed to career opportunities they wouldn’t have previously considered and often find out what they like and dislike about mining, before starting university,” Donnelly said.

“We find the camp encourages students to take control of their future careers and almost 50 per cent of the participants take up a degree in mining when they start university.”

 Funded by Curtin, the camp is supported through partnerships with AusIMM, Independence Group, Tronox and BHP Billiton Exploration.

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