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CoRE Team Interview - Questions with Lee-an

We talk with CoRE's Marketing and Media Officer, Lee-an, about her experience being a student through the CoRE Learning Program and where she sees the model growing in the next 10 years.

What is your role in the CoRE Learning Foundation team?


My main role is as a Media and Marketing Officer – which is a fancy way of saying I create visual presentations to engage our stakeholders in CoRE initiatives.


Why did you feel inspired to join?


So far, I owe being involved in CoRE as a fundamental part of my professional and social identity. During my time in CoRE I had learnt to be more open and social leading group projects, and I learnt to appreciate the practical applications of ideas presented in the classroom. When Suzy reached out for me to be a part of the CoRE team, after graduation, I jumped on the opportunity to use my passion for visual arts to reach more students and hopefully for them to enjoy and value the same experience I had at school.


As an alumni of the CoRE teaching philosophy and program, how has what you learned brought you to where you are today?


As per above, I have brought all that I had learnt from CoRE into my professional development while undertaking tertiary studies. CoRE taught me to always look out for opportunities to expand my understanding, and meaningful network of people around me - and thus have since been involved in volunteering roles, industry networking initiatives, summer schools and clubs – notably NExUS 2019 and co-founding a Curtin club, WIMAR (Women in Mining and Resources).


What is a fond memory you have from your time as a CoRE student?


One of the most unforgettable experiences I had during my time at CoRE was the opportunity to fly above Antarctica on Australia Day 2017, and seeing the Earth’s magnetic field in action – formed by the movement of liquid iron and nickel deep in the Earth’s outer core – it was directly causing these special compasses (dip circles) to point upwards – towards space! – as we flew over the magnetic south pole. All this amongst seeing the beauty of Antarctica firsthand was truly an experience to remember!


Did your CoRE learning experience help you reach any big accomplishments?


At the moment I am still in the middle of my undergrad studying a Bachelors in Environmental Biology and Applied Geology, nevertheless my experience within CoRE has helped me gain confidence in undertaking roles and projects I have been proud of throughout my tertiary studies. Apart from internships in various mining and geoscience roles, I have been the youngest member of the prestigious NExUS annual summer school on Exploration Geology over in Adelaide. The program has immersed me in the exciting current search for mineral resources throughout the Australian continent - utilising rapidly improving techniques and technologies and cementing my goals and keen interest within this field of geoscience.

Another key achievement would have to be co-founding our Curtin club WIMAR last year with close friends I met during a fateful trip to the Kalgoorlie WASM campus initiated by BHP and Curtin Engineering in 2018. We are now in the process of setting up a similar trip either in September this year or the next – this time with a central focus on women, ensuring our voices are heard within the current conversation on women and their career development and fulfillment within the mining and resources industry. The CoRE program had been key in exposing students to issues which matter, such as these, and have since played a central role in my goals and interests for the near future.


2020 is the CoRE Learning Foundation’s 10-year anniversary. Where do you see CoRE in the next 10 years?


I am proud of the CoRE Learning Model and its organic growth these past 10 years and I honestly believe CoRE has the potential to be useful within all Australian classrooms. In the next 10 years ahead I see CoRE utilised as a fundamental teaching tool for educators all over the state – implementing it’s spirit of practicality and application over standardised means of testing students and the knowledge they gain within the classroom. With the widespread implementation of the CoRE learning program, I see more students realising their own passions and opening themselves up to the opportunities around them to apply these within the real world, to create meaningful advancement and change.


What #therealclassroom means to you:


Throughout the past few years after graduation, I have realised that experiencing things firsthand and collaborating on meaningful projects with practical applications in the ‘real-world’, has made me into a much more curious, engaged and resilient young person than I would’ve been without CoRE. Therefore, I want other students to experience #therealclassroom too.

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