An elemental experience

Petra Mwenda from Zambia and Hai Linh Nguyen from Vietnam are two of 30 students who will participate in the camp from July 13-17.

The camp is for years 11 and 12 students who are considering a career in the mining and geoscience industries.

The week will incorporate tours, hands-on workshops, tutorials, networking events and the opportunity to make a movie about their experience.

Petra (17) said she was looking forward to meeting new people and talking to those who knew about the mining industry.

�I hope to learn more about exactly how the mining industry works as well as its prospects,� she said.

In the future, the Maylands resident hopes to help with the minimisation of carbon emissions and waste using an engineering or science degree.

Hai Linh (17) said he was lucky to be chosen and was hoping to use the experience to meet people with the same passion.

The Lesmurdie resident hopes to use his skills to become a successful engineer and maybe one day discover a new element.

Curtin University geoscience outreach officer Jay Ridgewell said she hoped students became more confident by participating in the camp.

�Confidence in themselves, in their passions for science, maths and engineering, to network with professionals and find out what they want to know from the horse�s mouth, and in a new group of supportive friends,� she said.

�Focus on Mining is a fantastic opportunity for science, technology, engineering and maths-minded students to find out about the next step in their careers in a supportive way.�