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GPC's STEM Challenge shaping future leaders

Local future leaders are being thrown in the deep end to solve real world issues in Gladstone Port’s Corporation’s (GPC) STEM challenge presented by Toolooa State High School.

Year 6 students from Clinton, Gladstone West, Calliope and Kin Kora State will go head-to-head against their classmates on four activities by using their science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills.

Four teams from each school will get a taste of science and engineering and a hands on experience with the latest drone technology.

The STEM challenge starts next term in October and activities will run over a week, harnessing students’ collaboration, communication and critical thinking skills.

Four of GPC’s very own experienced engineers and  environmental scientists will help guide and mentor students along the way.

Acting CEO Craig Walker said the challenge was a stepping-stone in preparing Gladstone’s future leaders.

“We’re partnering with Toolooa State High to deliver this new opportunity to inspire students and equip them with important skills they can use in the real world,” Mr Walker said.

“At GPC, we’re committed to shaping our youth into future leaders and a lot of our business operations are based around STEM skills,” he said.

“We’re fortunate to have a terrific team of experts working at GPC and we want to continue filling those roles with locals, it’s all part of our 50-year vision to future-proof Gladstone.”

Toolooa State High School’s Head of Junior Secondary Dave Capill said the STEM challenge is the perfect opportunity to prepare year-6 students for high school.

“The vision for this event is to encourage STEM thinking and practice, inspire students in the use of technology for future careers and engage Gladstone students in an innovative and challenging way,” Mr Capill said.

“Toolooa State High are delighted to be presenting local schools with the opportunity to collaborate, share resources and expertise and improve students learning outcomes in the area of STEM.”

Over the years, GPC has been involved in National Science Week and hosted science challenges.

The GPC STEM challenge with Toolooa State School runs from Tuesday 13 October to Friday 16 October.