RDA Hunter’s ME Program is calling for student applications for the 2019 STEM Defence + Innovation Program in partnership with the Business Centre Newcastle.

The STEM Defence + Innovation Scholarship is a scheme for students who are currently or are about to undertake a STEM based project that may have future Defence applications.

It is to assist students completing major projects related to STEM and is open to students currently transferring into Year 11 in 2019.

The Program will provide seed funding directly to students in order for them to pursue their ideas and complete innovative STEM based projects.

Equipment grants of up to $500 per individual or $1000 per group will be considered on a competitive basis.

Students will be mentored by business professionals from The Business Centre Newcastle in a series of workshops.




Possible projects must be STEM related and have some application to the very broad field of Defence and defence industries.

Some examples of areas of study may include: Robotic Systems, Drones, Computer Programming, Apps, Multimedia, Bio Medical, Human Factors, Advanced Manufacturing, 3D Printing Technologies, Scientific or Technological Research.

For more information download the flyer: STEM Defence + Innovation_V1

2018 PROGRAM (STEM Defence + Innovation)

The STEM Defence + Innovation Program is a business commercialisation program developed by the ME Program and delivered in partnership with the Business Centre.

Industry mentors impart life-long business and entrepreneurship skills to high school students. The 2018 pilot engaged years 11 and 12 students at St Philips Christian College.

The three-month Program saw industry, education, professional services organisations and government collaborate to immerse

students in ‘real-life’ innovation and entrepreneurship activities that complemented the technical STEM skills being learnt at school.

It culminated in the STEM Innovation and Defence Pitch Night where students pitched their innovations, which included mind-controlled prosthetic hands,

autonomous trollies and stealth drones, to an expert panel comprising representatives from Royal Australian Airforce, Boeing Defence Australia, and Business Centre.

Judged against professional criteria, the pitches resulted in immediate outcomes for the 11 participants with commercial interest in their innovations from

Boeing Defence, Obelisk Systems, Robotic Systems, RAAF and a range of schools, as well as niche work placements for students at Boeing.

The ME Program facilitates school and industry collaboration to deliver a range of activities that provide secondary school students

with STEM and enterprise skills in preparation for, and as an introduction to careers in Defence and defence industries.

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