UNSW Minerals Summer School 2013

The School of Mining Engineering was excited to once again welcome a group of Year 10 & 11 students on to campus, as part of the UNSW Minerals Summer School 2013 (UMSS 2013). The camp kicked off on Monday 7 January, with 35 students arriving from all over NSW, QLD, VIC and the ACT.

Students were introduced to university life, with a campus tour, introductions from the Head of School, Professor Bruce Hebblewhite and UMSS 2013 Coordinator, Dr Chris Daly. While on campus, students spent time in the Virtual Reality simulator, completed a geology activity, did experiments in rock breakage, and also worked with high speed cameras to film and analyse water balloons bursting.

After a busy day on campus, students then travelled to the Hunter Valley where they spent the next three days visiting mines including Xstrata Coal's Ravensworth & Narama Mines, BHP Billiton's Mt Arthur Coal Open Cut Mine, the Boral Peats Ridge Basalt Quarry, and Orica Mining Services' Technical Centre.

According to students, the highlights of the trip included the chance to meet with recent UNSW Mining Graduates during an Alumni dinner and visits to the Ravensworth and Orica facilities. 100% of the students felt that their knowledge of the Australian minerals industry increased as a result of the trip, with 97% stating that they would be considering pursuing tertiary education and a possible career in the minerals industry.

Photos of UMSS 2013 can be viewed here.

The camp, sponsored by the AusIMM Education Endowment Fund and Xstrata Coal, and subsidised by UNSW, attracted over 90 applications, with interest in the opportunity growing each year. For students interested in attending UMSS 2014, applications will open around September. For more information, visit www.mining.unsw.edu or email the school at mining@unsw.edu.au.

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