GE partners with RDA Hunter to build STEM workforce
RDA Hunter has announced that it will partner with General Electric (GE) to expand its Mini ME Program in 2016.
GE will join RDA Hunter’s Mini ME Program to support two schools in the Singleton area by providing equipment and mentoring to encourage students to study science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) early in their education.
GE has also assisted in developing a new video for the ME Program’s STEM Toolkit. Featuring Thomas MacConaghey, Production Engineer for GE Mining, the video demonstrates how STEM is applied in the workplace as well as real-life problems for students to solve using STEM knowledge. The video adds to the ME Program’s library of teacher resources known as the STEM Toolkit.
A formal announcement was made by GE Australia and New Zealand’s Chief Information Officer Mark Sheppard on 4 March at Singleton Heights Primary School.
During the event, which wasattended by GE leaders as well as Singleton Heights students, staff and parents, the school’s students participated in a hands-on demonstration of the Lego EV3 equipment GE is providing.
“We are delighted to partner with GE, one of the world’s most innovative companies, to expand our Mini ME Program and bring STEM education to more students,” said RDA Hunter CEO, Todd Williams.
“GE is a prime example of a global company that continues to innovate by employing a STEM workforce. RDA Hunter is working to build a skilled and STEM qualified workforce for the Hunter’s future through our ME and Mini ME Programs.”
“Mini ME is an adaptation of our hugely successful ME Program and aims to spark an interest in STEM subjects in primary school children. Commencing STEM in early childhood has been proven to improve STEM participation in senior school and lead to STEM careers,” continued Mr Williams.