16 Jun Shell’s QGC Business Ecofest Stall A Celebration Of STEM In Gladstone
The displays included a number of models and projects, highlighting Gladstone’s connection to STEM and the environment.
With a total of more than 6000 people in attendance, EcoFest was a fantastic opportunity for industries around Gladstone to showcase their operations. Shell’s QGC Business experienced plenty of interest in both their Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) Plant Model, and a Toolooa State High School students’ award-winning STEM project.
The LNG Plant Model was constructed by the 2022 LNG Process Trainees from all three LNG plants- all locals who have embarked on new careers in the Liquefied Natural Gas Industry. The group researched the key components of Shell’s QGC LNG facility to construct the model, which is used at community events to help explain and showcase local LNG operations. The group had a $400 budget to source materials, and approximately ten days to develop and construct. 75 percent of the structure is made from recyclable materials.
The other exciting feature this year was the STEM Inventors Project, which featured special guest Benny Watt from Toolooa State High School, showcasing his award—winning STEM project. Benny’s project earned recognition via the Queensland Museum Future Makers STEM Inventors competition in 2021, sponsored by Shell’s QGC business.
This project involves students identifying an issue related to the environment within their community, and developing a solution using their STEM knowledge and skills. Benny’s project which featured at EcoFest this year was addressing marine debris.
Shell’s QGC Business also gave away a survey prize, which was a family holiday to Agnes Water, valued at $900. Included in the prize is accommodation at Sandcastles 1770 Motel and Resort, a 1770 LARC tour and lunch for four, and a dining voucher at the 1770 Getaway Café, which was won by A. Leahy in Gladstone.
Shell’s QGC Business helps to sponsor EcoFest through their Community Events Program funding.