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Digital Technologies Program

Coming to a school near you! 

The CME Digital Technologies Program helps schools deliver fun and engaging educational activities aligned with the Australian and WA Digital Technologies curriculum. The program was rolled out in the Pilbara in 2020. We have 20 schools and more than 6,000 students in the region signed up and ready to participate in 2022.

This program is now available for schools across WA.

The Challenges 

CME’s carefully curated Digital Technologies Program comprises a series of mining and resources focus ‘challenges’, split into two categories, Automation and Data Science.

Program content is co-designed with industry and curriculum experts and made available through GROK Academy platform.

Each challenge is designed to connect in-class ‘hands on’ learning with real-world examples of obstacles faced by today’s sector.  Experts introduce each challenge, explaining how and why technologies, such as robotics and automation, are used on-site and in the field.

Primary school challenges offer students the opportunity to:

  • explore the diversity of the Pilbara from Ningaloo Reef to the Great Sandy Desert
  • learn how raw materials are used in everyday items
  • program and code robots to monitor coral reefs
  • calibrate vehicles to move around rough terrain
  • simulate drones flying over a mine site

High school challenges offer students the opportunity to:

  • simulate a remote operations centre (ROC), learning how to code and remote-control robots
  • build skills in collecting and analysing data for modelling and projections within real-world context

Each year, as students’ progress through the challenges, they build knowledge and understanding of how digital technologies are applied in a growing number of industries, not just in mining and resources.  These include agriculture, healthcare, manufacturing, and education, who apply automation and data science into everyday activities and work.

Get involved! 

The Digital Technologies Curriculum is compulsory learning for Australian students from Pre-Primary to Year 8, and elective for students in Years 9 – 10.

All challenges are designed to align with the Australian and WA Digital Technologies Curriculum requirements.

  • Automation Challenges: Primary School from 2022 and High School in 2023
  • Data Science Challenges for students in years 5 – 10 from 2023 and 2024

Contact us via the registration form to learn how your school or company can participate.


CME would like to thank members BHP, Chevron, Citic Pacific Mining, Fortescue Metals Group, Rio Tinto, Roy Hill, Woodside and Yara Pilbara for their continued support and funding toward the CME Digital Technologies Program.

Find out more

Use the form below to register your interest and a representative from CMEWA will be in touch shortly.

Data Science Challenges

Data Science Challenges are currently being developed for early 2023 release.

These Challenges are made possible by the generous contribution from our funding partners