April 12, 2022

Mandurah Catholic College students tour Alcoa virtually

Mandurah Catholic College students were one of the first schools to pilot the newly introduced Alcoa Interactive Classroom recently. The virtually run program allows teachers and students to interact live with an Alcoa Education Officer and see the company’s operations firsthand.

Year 12 Geography Incursion - 3
Mandurah Catholic College students tour Alcoa’s Western Australian operations through the Alcoa Interactive Classroom.

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to restrict visitors to Alcoa’s Western Australian operations which has had a significant impact on school students studying for their Year 11 and Year 12 ATAR exams.  

Instead, the company has adapted it’s popular education program to offer a unique and COVID-19 safe option - Alcoa Interactive Classroom. Through comprehensive online presentations, students and teachers are able to visit and learn more about Alcoa’s bauxite mining and award-winning rehabiliation from their own classroom.

Supported by online resources including factsheets and videos, presentations focus on the Year 12 ATAR Unit 3 – Global Environmental Change and Year 11 Geography Unit 2 – Global Networks and Interconnections. Hardcopy resources are also available including bauxite, alumina and aluminium samples, brochures about the company’s Western Australian operations and branded merchandise that can be used as student engagement tools.

Mandurah Catholic College teacher Ashley Breadsell said the program provided students with an abundance of information and was an invaluable list of resources for their studies.

“The Alcoa Interactive Classroom provides students with engaging detail, a range of interactive resources to explore as well as prizes to keep them engaged.”

“While we were unable to experience a firsthand tour of the operations as we like to do each year, we appreciate Alcoa adapting their education program for students and teachers,” Ashley said. 

“It was especially great the presentation was live so students could interact and have their questioned answered in real time.”

Available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, bookings for the Alcoa Interactive Classroom are essential.

For more information email tourcentre@alcoa.com.au or phone 9530 2400.

More than 630,000 visitors have toured Alcoa’s operations in Western Australia over the last 44 years. Ranging from world leaders and high-profile international organisations through to students and members of the public, visitors have been given a firsthand insight into Alcoa’s mining and refining processes along with our commitment to environmental excellence.


Media contact:

Alcoa: Corporate Affairs Advisor, Cheri Tiglias, cheri.tiglias@alcoa.com