Collinsville students explore renewable energy

Science Week workshops empower Collinsville’s next generation

This week Ark Energy partnered with the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) to host two days of renewable energy workshops for students at Collinsville State High School as part of National Science Week 2023.

About 60 year seven and eight students from Collinsville SHS participated in an unparalleled education experience that linked with the National Science Curriculum to explore the fundamentals of wind, solar and hydrogen.

Year 7 students learned about the energy mix and used solar panels to power model-scale green hydrogen cars. Year 8 students applied critical thinking to design the optimal model-scale wind turbines for different conditions using multiple blade options.

Senior Development Manager and project lead for Ark Energy’s Collinsville Green Energy Hub, Ms Trina Jensen said the company was thrilled to facilitate the workshops, and help to grow local students understanding of how renewable energy works.

“As Ark Energy works towards growing Australia’s renewable energy capacity and decarbonising, we want to inspire the next generation to consider STEM pathways and highlight the many job opportunities open to them in the renewable energy sector,” Ms Jensen said.

"We look forward to giving some of Collinsville SHS’s bright minds an opportunity to work locally as part of Ark Energy’s Collinsville Green Energy Hub in the years to come!"

Yr7 - group

Collinsville SHS's Year 7s harnessed the sunshine to power their model-scale green hydrogen cars.

Yr 8 - Daniel

Year 8 students problem-solved to design the most efficient model-scale wind turbine.