Two Beenleigh State High School teachers became students last week as they partook in a cheese-making workshop.

Helen Turner and Brianna Robinson were two of 36 teachers in Queensland who participated.

Dairy expert and cheesemaker Russell Smith taught the teachers how to make camembert and blue cheese so they could teach students to do the same for the Royal Queensland Show’s (Ekka) Student Made Cheese Competition in September.

“It was awesome,” Ms Turner said.

“I can’t wait to taste the cheese.”

She said it was a great experience and she learned a lot.

“I love finding out the chemistry and the science behind it.

“I’m excited to get the kids involved.”

At the end of July 12 students from Beenleigh High School will partake in the workshop, crafting their own cheeses for the competition.

The workshop teacher, Mr Smith, said people loved the “remarkable transformation” from milk to cheese.

“I think it’s a real revelation to the participants that you start off with milk that you’re used to drinking and end up with cheese that you can eat,” Mr Smith said.

“There’s a huge number of jobs in the dairy industry with science applications, so it opens up a lot of career pathways for either going into the manufacturing of dairy products or studying the science behind them.”

Across Queensland, 16 schools had teachers participate in the workshops, with one school sending in staff from Gumlu in north Queensland.

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