The event, run by Curtin University, encouraged students from six primary schools, Beechboro, East Beechboro, West Beechboro, Caversham, Eden Hill and Lockridge, to participate in a number of mining related activities, which included surveying, tunnel building, occupational health and safety and brick processing.
Lockridge Senior High School principal Anne Robinson said the day aimed to teach students about the technical aspects of WA’s mining industry, as well as the importance of higher education, while encouraging team work and communication skills.
‘A lot of these students grow up in families where they haven’t even heard of university,’ she said.
‘The mining industry, which is so prominent in WA, was used as an example of what types of jobs are available to students in that one industry alone if they choose to further their education.’
During the lead-up to the Mining Challenge Day, students were involved in preparation workshops at each of their schools.
Curtin University students ran the workshops and Year 9 students from Lockridge Senior High School mentored the primary school students during the day.
Mrs Robinson said the activities linked the different age groups together and showed younger students what possibilities are available to them in the future.