CQUniversity has joined with AgForce Queensland for their School to Industry Partnership Program (SIPP), allowing high school students to unpack agriculture in a fun, hands-on way.
The partners hosted Bundaberg’s first-ever Moo Baa Munch event to increase awareness about where food and fibre come from and the importance of farming for all Australians.
Partner Up Queensland Regional Science and Innovation Coordinator Dr Cal Devney said learning was taken out of the classroom and contextualised, providing students with valuable insights into the broad range of agricultural career paths relating to science, animals and plants.
“The event was a success with 125 secondary students from several local schools attending stalls and activities hosted by local producers, CQUniversity and the team from AgForce,” Dr Devney said.
“We hope to encourage learning and innovative thinking in the field of agriculture and provide learning opportunities that would otherwise not be available for the students.”
Director of the CQU Institute for Future Farming Systems, Professor Phil Brown said agriculture is a vital part of the economy in the Bundaberg region and provides exciting career opportunities that many students may not have considered.
“CQU recently surveyed school students nationally and identified a lack of awareness of agricultural career options and poor understanding of the rapid technological advances taking place on farms,” he explained.
“Events such as Moo Baa Munch are a fantastic way to pass on industry knowledge of current practices in farming and will hopefully motivate some students to pursue opportunities in the agricultural industry.”
Students from Bundaberg Christian College, Gin Gin State High School and Shalom College participated in the event and enjoyed interactive activities provided by stall holders and the Moo Baa Munch team.