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University of Newcastle and BAE Systems help Hunter students build their future

06 June 2018

Regional Development Australia (RDA) Hunter hosted the 2018 Build ME a Future Days in conjunction with the University of Newcastle's Science and Engineering Challenge, and BAE Systems.

“Build ME a Future Days engage students in hands-on, fun activities that build on the skills they are learning at school. The Days, which RDA Hunter's ME Program has supported for five years now, offer students a valuable insight into how their skills can be applied in real-world situations and importantly, how they contribute to STEM based solutions to problems,” said RDA Hunter's STEM Workforce Manager, Rick Evans.

700 Year 7 and 8 students from 28 Hunter high schools participated in the program of activities that focused on building students' awareness of the real-world application of the STEM skills they are learning at school, and the career opportunities that studying STEM can lead to. It also introduced students to the University campus and the resources of its Faculty of Science and Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, while providing a look into the real jobs available for STEM skilled people at BAE Systems' Hunter facility.