In 1998, in response to the now widely accepted perception that few young Australians view Engineering as a preferred career path of choice, a group of like-minded people from industry and government came together to establish the not-for-profit organisation Re-Engineering Australia Foundation Ltd (REA).
The Foundation’s objectives are to put in place a series of stepping stone activities, starting at the earliest ages, that form a pathway of encouragement, along which school students can progress, with each step adding to the their interest and understanding of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) activities, trades and professions. We hope to inspire younger generations to consider technology based industries as a fulfilling career path.
ENVIZAGE is the technology delivery division of the Re-Engineering Australia Foundation Ltd (REA) and was first establish in 1992 at the South Australia Centre for Manufacturing in Adelaide. This facility was then expanded to include the facilities of the Queensland Manufacturing Institute in Brisbane which made it the largest product realisation facility in the southern hemisphere, between 1994 and 2009.
From reconstructive craniofacial surgery for Adelaide Hospital to prototype surfboard fins for World Champion Kelly Slater … to the development of the Australian Championship winning S2000 rally car for Toyota… to engine components subjected to the wear and tear of V8 Supercars racing, ENVIZAGE worked at the bleeding edge of the application of Rapid Prototyping technology (now also called Desk Top Printing) across Australia.
ENVIZAGE facilities were equipped with an array of flexible computer controlled tools that allowed industry to make "almost anything’ over night. This included technology enabling low run production techniques able to compete with mass production and the associated economies of scale, empowering organisations and individuals to create smart products rapidly.
ENVIZAGE began facilitating access to this range of technology for high schools students in 1998 and in 2002 began giving students in kindergarten access to Desk Top Printing with its Cosmic Blobs Program. Students were designing and manufacturing their own toys.
In 2003 with the introduction of the F1 in Schools™ program ENVIZAGE had a platform to take a much boarder range of technologies into high schools.
To facilitate the learning process involved in REA’s programs technology Labs are established in schools across Australia. These labs include 3D CNC lathes & Routers, Laser Cutters and Desk Top printers and a range of curriculum material. Each lab is also provided with Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) software, computational Fluid Dynamics and Finite Element Analysis software.
To find out more please visit the Re-Engineering Australia Foundation website.