Around 70 Year 9 students from 8 schools across the district will join together at SuniTAFE's Mildura Campus this Thursday and Friday for an engaging, dynamic, challenging and educational STEM for Sunraysia event.

SuniTAFE in conjunction with Northern Mallee Local Learning and Employment Network are hosting the program to engage participants in the world of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and offer exposure to future jobs, skills and work. 

Students will gain insights on the applications of STEM in the local/regional high growth industries of agriculture/horticulture; transport; automotive and logistics; health and social services; and entrepreneurialism.  

The event is designed to allow students to solve real world problems using the principles of STEM with the guidance of the event facilitators Wendy and Jessica Perry of Workforce BluePrint. 

Students will take part in site visits to Wakefield Transport Group, Monash Rural Medical, Nu-Edge and Lower Murray Water to see first-hand the application of STEM in action and hear from industry representatives. 

Participants will workshop in small teams to develop collaborative, innovative solutions to the 'problems' drawn from these high growth industries and communicate their 'pitches' back to the industry representatives.  Mildura Regional Development will also provide a regional 'problem' or challenge for the students to workshop.     

There will be an innovative and inspirational keynote speaker Melissa Neighbour from Future Crunch who will be talking on the future of work and how organisations can start adapting right now.

This project aims to ignite an interest in STEM related subjects at school for all students.

People can follow the event via their social channels using the hashtag #STEM4Sunraysia.