Digital Twinning Australia [DTA] has partnered with St Mary’s College Adelaide to promote STEM and non-gender digital future skills using the school’s Veritas Centre solar system data.

DTA Technical Lead Edward Cronin, has been mentoring a group of students known as the “Digital Twin Club” on major STEM topics such as 3D modelling, data analysis, Python Machine Learning, energy economics, Virtual Power Plants and the viability of on-site EV Charging Stations. These students ranging from grade 7 all the way up to grade 12 have been learning these new concepts and testing their ability with industry standard software such as Autodesk Revit, and have applied these skills with real life context by twinning their own school. The mentees will soon become the mentors as the Digital Twin Club members turn teacher to other students in the school.

This project, titled “Renewable Energy System Digital Twin as an Education Tool” has recieved widespread recognition as St Mary’s College has been selected as the only South Australian school [and one of eight nationwide] to present at Future You 2 You, a virtual event hosted by the Australian Government’s Women in STEM Ambassador and Questacon – the National Science and Technology Centre, while DTA has been chosen as the only South Australian finalist for the PEXA Award for Project Innovation at the Property Council of Australia’s 2021 Innovation and Excellence Awards. The project was also recognised as part of the 2020 Energy & Mining Premier’s Awards.

The project is in line with St Mary’s learning objectives – last week that they officially launched their STEM Centre. We were thrilled to attend the opening and our CEO and Founder, Genene Kleppe gave a speech on Digital Twins and the importance of Industry 4.0 now.

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