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Sinosteel Midwest helps bring science & engineering to loacl students

MEDIA RELEASE
28 October 2009

Sinosteel Midwest Corporation is playing a part in opening up the world of science and engineering to Mid West students, as the regional sponsor of the state‐wide Science & Engineering Challenge at the Tip Top Basketball Stadium in Geraldton this Thursday.

The Geraldton heat of the Science & Engineering Challenge will see around 230 Year 9 students from six different schools battle it out to develop the best solutions to the science based problems they are faced with.

The competition is designed by Newcastle University and run in partnership with Engineers Australia's WA Division and sponsors. It is designed to present engineering in an inspirational manner, excite the imagination of prospective students and provoke their interest through a variety of well designed tasks.

Sinosteel Midwest Chief Operating Officer Giulio Casello said their support for the program was driven by a desire to see more regional students make the most of employment opportunities through the resources projects in their own backyard.

"As a company we're committed to employing locally wherever possible, so hopefully some of the students who take part in this competition go onto careers in science and engineering, and can gain employment in our long term projects in the region," Mr Casello said. According to Challenge Coordinator Beatriz Clark, activities range from problem solving scenarios to designing and building projects.

"The program has received enormous encouragement from teachers with many indicating that the Challenge has been vital in engaging and inspiring students towards continuing their studies in science," Ms Clark explained. "Every single Challenge day is like a carnival for Science and Engineering.

"The beauty of this event is that it is supported by community members with science and engineering backgrounds who give up their day to support and inspire the students to do their best in their particular activity. Without the volunteers and sponsors this fabulous event would not take place," Ms Clark said.

This year's activities include one which involves building a hovercraft using a meat tray, computer fan and garbage bags to a theoretical problem of supplying power to a city with simulated power boards.

Following the regional heats, the winning students from the Mid West will proceed to the State Championships at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre on 17 November.

Note to COS/Editor: If you would like to arrange a photo opportunity with the schools involved in the
Science & Engineering Challenge, names and contact details can be provided on request.

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For more information contact:

Warrick Hazeldine Caroline Thomson
Purple Communications Purple Communications
P: 08 6314 6300 P: 08 6314 6300
M: 0417 944 616 M: 0410 479 489
E: whazeldine@purplecom.com.au E: cthomson@purplecom.com.au

About Sinosteel Midwest Corporation Limited

Sinosteel Midwest Corporation (Sinosteel Midwest) is developing iron ore and steel materials projects from one of the largest land holdings in the expanding Mid West resources region of WA. It has advanced production opportunities for iron ore at Koolanooka, Weld Range, Jack Hills and Robinson Range.

Sinosteel Corporation, one of China's biggest suppliers of raw materials to Chinese steel mills, purchased Midwest Corporation in 2008. It is committed to the responsible and sustainable development of Sinosteel Midwest's assets.

Sinosteel Midwest possesses the capital, resources, technical skills and the people to play a major role in the development of the Mid West region, and is positioned to continue doing so actively now, notwithstanding the global financial crisis.

Sinosteel Midwest continues to actively develop and explore the potential of its deposits and the outlook for the Company is exciting.

www.sinosteelmidwest.com.au

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