Changing the Education Paradigm
In the words of our patron, Dr Peter Farrell, Australia needs more highly skilled people who are willing to think and be creative. Consider any innovation and no doubt it has been developed by people who have a firm grasp of the STEM subjects – science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Therefore we need to make them relevant and exciting to young people.
REA Foundation programs capture the imagination of young people to pursue STEM careers. We inspire, equip and guide the younger generations to be innovators… to embrace world-best technology… to expand their world view… and to believe that they can make a difference.
Since the National Engineering Innovation Competition of 1999, REA Foundation has introduced a number of nationwide initiatives which have been embraced by hundreds of thousands of students.
F1 in Schools Technology Challenge
The F1 in Schools Technology Challenge is the world’s biggest school technology program. It involves nine million students from 17,000 schools in 31 nations.
The patron is Formula1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone who donated the solid crystal Bernie Ecclestone Trophy which is given to each year’s world championship team. The Formula1 teams are co-patrons and each year they donate parts of cars for category trophies. City University in London offers free engineering degree scholarships to each world championship team.
Programs Under Development
Skills & Thrills Initiative (STI)
The Skills & Thrills Initiative (STI) will provide education, industry and the broader community with an umbrella matrix of accredited Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) outreach intervention programs which are mapped against National Curriculum outcomes and which also meet employability outcomes as defined by industry.
Engineering Career Relevance Program
The Engineering My Career program is directed at 1st year Engineering Students at University. The goal is to extend the stepping stones into engineering and technology careers and reduce the drop out from engineering courses by building student based career relevance.
Key Performance Indicators
To be considered effective REA has set itself the goal of achieving the following Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s):
- The programs should be such that they attract students to participate.
- The programs must improve the employability skills of the students taking part.
- The program must increase the attractiveness of STEM subjects.
- The programs must increase the acceptance of Engineering as a profession of choice.
- Forming sustainable partnerships between industries and schools;
- Promoting collaboration between our cities and country regions in support of innovation;
- Developing the skills of our children to assure their opportunities for the future;
- Raising the level of Engineering and manufacturing skills development in regional areas;
- Increasing acceptance of regional communities and regional industry to the level of technology that they can implement in their local environments; and providing the supply of students direct to industry who are able to understand and work with this technology.
- Creating an understanding in our students of Australia’s potential to take a world leadership role in Engineering and manufacturing.
- Creating new skills training opportunities for young Australians in the field of Engineering technology.
- And most importantly, make STEM subject interesting and exciting.