miniME has been developed to engage primary school students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). It is part of RDA Hunter’s STEM Workforce Initiative and is supported by Newcastle City Council’s Smart Move Newcastle: Intelligent Mobility, Energy and Data Networks Project. RDA Hunter’s STEM technology partner is Obelisk Systems.

The current iteration of the program, which originally began in 2014 with corporate partners including PwC, HVCCC, PWCS and GE, is specific to the Newcastle LGA. RDA Hunter has partnered with 35 primary schools in the Newcastle area that will each receive a STARLab Mars Rover kit and related curriculum training to help engage students in STEM focused problem-based learning activities.

The aim of the program is to pique students’ interest in STEM, its applications and the long-term benefits of studying it, early in their schooling – with the intention of encouraging them to continue STEM study throughout their education.