More than 900 primary and high school students were given the chance to explore the world of science recently thanks to our Illawarra Metallurgical Coal operation.

Hosted in partnership with the University of Wollongong (UOW), budding young scientists were able to showcase their projects across the disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The aim of the UOW Science Fair was to encourage students to research a topic of interest and then present findings to the judges that included 10 of our Illawarra Metallurgical Coal employees.

South32 Illawarra Metallurgical Coal Vice President Operations Jason Economidis said South32 was proud to support the annual fair for more than a decade. 

“We are excited to be involved with an initiative that provides local students with the opportunity to explore the world of science, technology, engineering and maths,” Jason said.

“This sponsorship is a natural extension of our involvement in promoting STEM career pathways. The demand for skills in these areas is the way of the future for a variety of industries, including our own.

“Our employees get involved by assuming roles as judges, and every year they’re amazed by the enthusiasm and innovation of the students’ projects. We are pleased to play our small part in developing the leaders of the future.”

Professor Tracey Moroney, Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health at the UOW said the science fair was the perfect opportunity for the young students to put their curiosity and creativity to the test.

“This event regularly attracts students who have looked at a significant problem facing the world around them and tried to find a solution,” Professor Moroney said.

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More than 900 students showcased their projects.