Australian Foundation to provide CNC equipment for classrooms

Re-Engineering Australia Foundation Ltd, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to inspiring and equipping high school students to pursue technical career paths, has started 2011 with a new program designed to provide educators with world-standard equipment for classrooms.

Re-Engineering Australia Foundation Ltd, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to inspiring and equipping high school students to pursue technical career paths, has started 2011 with a new program designed to provide educators with world-standard equipment for classrooms.

Re-Engineering Australia Foundation Ltd has also moved to a new, larger office with a product demonstration area.

REA (now in its 12th year of operation) has relocated to modern premises at 11/3 Packard Avenue, Castle Hill. The toll free number is unchanged (1300 204 478), there is a new local number (02 9634 2144) and the fax is the same (02 8079 0622).

REA has launched ‘Technology4Schools’ which provides teachers with a range of advanced computer numerically controlled (CNC) equipment which has been designed to be used in classrooms.

The Denford range is quiet and has built-in safety features for in-class environments. The 3-axis routers, lathe and PCB engraver come in a variety of sizes to suit all uses.

Designed and manufactured in the UK since the 1940s, Denford is the world’s only product range made specifically for use in the classroom.

Technology4Schools includes the machines, cutters, software and on-site training at the school.

Denford equipment is used by the 300-plus high schools across Australia which compete in the F1 in Schools program – the world’s biggest student technology competition involving 9,000,000 high schoolers from 22 nations.

REA has announced that the next National Finals of the F1 in Schools Student Energy Challenge will be held at Eastern Creek International Raceway in Sydney.

The two-day elimination event (March 16-17) will see the smartest STEM (science, technology, engineering, maths) students competing for the privilege of representing Australia at the next world finals of F1 in Schools.

Australia is the most successful performer in the past seven years having won the World Finals outright (2006) and finished second three years in a row (2008-2009-2010)!

The outcome is an energy efficient F1 racer. The process leads to these boys and girls – as young as 13 years of age – having a maturity far beyond their years, and an understanding of engineering and design equivalent to that of university students.

By the time they make it to the National Finals they have been exposed to 3D design, computational fluid dynamics, finite element analysis, producing code for design-to-manufacture, CNC manufacturing, marketing, graphic design, public speaking, collaboration technology, forming industry partners and team building.

Their model F1 cars reach speeds of 80 km/h and they are encouraged to create unique designs that operate using minimal energy.

REA Foundation, has to date attracted over 35,000 students to the program in Australia…from Tasmania to Thursday Island.

For information about Technology4Schools contact Brent McCorkell on 1300 204 478.