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VR experience at Ekka gives a greater TASTE for careers in ag

Students attending the Beef Week at Ekka couldn’t help but be drawn to the Virtual Reality display at the activation site in the main arena at Beef Week during Ekka 2017.

The 2017 Ekka Beef Week included three full days of Schools Competitions, with more than forty schools attending to show cattle or participate in judging competitions.

“Our goal was to engage students in the centre ring at the activation site with new virtual reality technology, allowing students to discover different types of career pathways within the agricultural industry and showcase the leading-edge education QATC provides,” explained QATC CEO, Mark Tobin.  

“We estimate about 80 percent of the school students attending Beef Week, experienced the VR classroom,” said Mr Tobin.

“Industry representatives and school teachers became quite excited by the how real the virtual reality experiences felt and how this could be incorporated into agricultural educational activities.”

"It was great to share our activation site with AgForce Queensland School to Industry Partnership Program team, as we have really good synergy, where they promote careers in agriculture, and we help potential agriculturists achieve that career path."

Students who experienced the VR training classroom had the chance to go in the draw to win a TASTE scholarship.

TASTE is a four-day program that helps students explore the many career options available in agricultural industries, giving them an appreciation of the practical skills training and innovative technology that can help them forage an agricultural career. 

Mr Tobin congratulated TASTE scholarship winners Stephanie Flint, Proston; Jaimie McLoughlin, Bundarra; John Finnerty, Tenterfield and Jasper Dando, Brisbane, who all have the option to attend TASTE at either Emerald Agricultural College or Longreach Pastoral College.

In 2017, TASTE enrolments are open to year 10, 11 and 12 students. To find out more visit QATC’s website page or phone QATC on 1800 888 710.

Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges was also a proud red ribbon sponsor of the 2017 Ekka Royal Queensland Show.

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