Testing time for Queensland Excellence Students


It was an Excellence “first” for Queensland Mindshop Facilitators, Bob Vander-Wal and Robert Pitt. They both commented that it was a pleasure to facilitate the program, the highlight, watching the students gain confidence over the week.

The six students from Unity College were hosted by Coolangatta manufacturer, Plastec Australia and the Queensland Testing Laboratory (QTL) supplied their project challenge which was to find ways to increase the volume of work for the Flow Rate and Pressure Loss Testing Rig. Will Casey, National Sales and Marketing Manager of Plastec Australia said “The week went very well and the students represented their school with flying colours”.

Gillian Meyers, Yr11 Coordinator at Unity College wrote: The Mindshop Excellence Program is a great initiative that has allowed students from Unity College to truly experience life as a business executive. They learned more in this week than if they were to do work experience. The students learned valuable skills and gained self-confidence brought about from being valued as an integral part of the business. They were given a problem to solve and they approached this with the seriousness required and the maturity that sometimes as teachers we do not see very often. When I asked my students if they would do it again they all wanted to know when the next opportunity would be.