Students participate in the robotics competition with guidance from (L to R): Dr Damien Kee, and Thiess representatives Vikesh Magan, Operations Manager and Brett Herrington, Health, Safety and Training Manager.

Thiess has partnered with the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) to deliver the first ever Collinsville STEM Proud Robotics Competition in the Whitsundays, Queensland.

The competition wraps up the first of QMEA’s STEM Proud programs, sponsored by Thiess. The program is designed to build the skills and capabilities of teachers and students in the Whitsunday region.

Year four to six students from Scottville State Primary School, Collinsville State School and St John Bosco Catholic Primary programmed LEGO®  MINDSTORMS® EV3 robots through a series of mining and agricultural challenges. The competition was won by Scottsville State Primary School.

Special guest and leader in digital technology education Dr Damien Kee addressed the students and shared his insights on coding, robotics, programming and electronics.

Thiess graduates from QCoal Northern Hub Daniel Thomis, Jacob Browne and Jamie Perrott, guided students through the challenges while providing valuable industry insights.

Thiess Health, Safety and Training Manager Brett Herrington said the STEM Proud program helps demonstrate to students the education pathways that lead to jobs in the mining sector.

“As a business focused on technology and innovation, we recognise that an increased emphasis on STEM education is critical for the future,” he said.

Enhancing STEM capabilities will provide a bridge to new jobs, new skills and help deliver sustainable growth in the Collinsville and Scottville communities.

Brett HarringtonThiess Health, Safety and Training Manager

Thiess is continuing its commitment to STEM development in the Bowen Basin, with 24 LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3 robotic kits recently donated to local schools. 

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