Resourceful students to get a glimpse of the future

Bentley Primary School students Shivaga Rajesh, Shanaw Beebany and Thomas Fairhead. Picture: Megan Powell/The West Australian
Bentley Primary School students Shivaga Rajesh, Shanaw Beebany and Thomas Fairhead. Picture: Megan Powell/The West Australian

MORE than 50 students from Bentley Primary School are set to see how some of the world’s biggest companies are using technology to transform the workforce of tomorrow.

The year 3, 4 and 5 classes are among many WA school groups lining up to experience the two-day Resources Technology Showcase.

Bentley teacher Thalia Hurst said it was inevitable technology would continue to drive the resources industry, so it was important to provide students with an opportunity to see what was in store.

“We feel our students need as much exposure to these new and ever-advancing technologies as possible and be exposed to the world of possibilities for their future,” she said.

Nghia Pham, Thomas Fairhead, Shanaw Beebany and Shivaga Rajesh will attend a STEM excursion to the Resources Technology Showcase next month. Picture: Megan Powell/The West Australian

Senior students at Bentley have been working on a friction project where they build marble runs and use science to alter the speed of the marble. Younger students have been designing and building solar-powered ovens from pizza boxes.

“The Resources Technology Showcase will aid the students’ development within Stem (science, technology, engineering and maths), and many will see and engage with concepts like virtual reality and automated vehicles for the first time,” Ms Hurst said.

But the chance to interact with the showcase doesn’t end there. All WA schools are being offered an opportunity to take part in BHP’s Future Ready STEM Challenge from November 4. Winners will share in a $100,000 prize pot.

Schools can select from different challenges linked to the mining and energy industries. The competition is designed be accessible to students of different ability levels and schools with different levels of resourcing.

Teachers can visit www.thewest.com.au/bhpfutureready to download a teacher’s resource pack from November 4. Groups have until December 2 to enter the competition.

The Resources Technology Showcase will be held on November 27-28 at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Visit rtsperth.com for details or to book a space for your school.