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Talking STEM at the Regional Development Australia Smart Specialisation meet

Ben Roberts from Modfab had the pleasure of meeting Senator The Hon. Arthur Sinodinos AO at at the Regional Development Australia function in Newcastle within the Hunter Valley. As part of moving Newcastle and the Hunter forward, STEM and ideas such as renewal energy, reviewing approaches to agriculture and looking at ways to strengthen professional services are all on the cards.

Senator Sinodinos was a guest of honour and enthusiastically spoke about economic and business initiatives in the Hunter Region.  He also outlined the benefits of the innovation initiatives now being soon implemented by the Federal Government and how this would impact on the Hunter Economy. As always, looking at job creation and ensuring that people have the ability to transition into worthwhile work were very much a part of the discussions. It was great to see such a focus on learning for the future.

There was much discussion regarding STEM initiatives and the leading role that Modfab is taking in training teachers.  Modfab partnered with the Regional Development Australia in the Hunter in the Mini Me Program where Modfab provided BOSTES 3D Printing & CAD professional learning to teachers. This mini program included demonstrating 3D Printers and the consumables used and created.

STEM is an important part of the future for regional Australia. As Wollongong and Newcastle transition from coal and steel towns to various different technologies, a focus by local leaders, organisations and political leaders helps cities like ours look forward to a future.

We’d like to thank Regional Development Australia, the Hunter and Senator Sinodinos for making Modfab feel so welcome.

We look forward to exploring what the future holding for regional Australia and our movement towards STEM in the workplace and in the education system.

If you’d like to see Modfab at your regional organisation gathering, get in contact now. We’re happy to help.

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