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DeFenCe MAteRIeL oRgAnIsAtIon
oung engineers and project
managers of the future are
gaining an insight into Defence
and defence industry through a
new national sponsorship by the
Defence material organisation
(Dmo) of the re-engineering australia
Some 30,000 students in more than 240
Australian high schools now have the opportunity
take a closer look at Defence capability while
participating in REA’s amazing competition that
encourages young engineering and project
Through the sponsorship of REA, DMO is now
supporting the F1inSchools competition that gives
Year 7 to 12 students first hand experience with
project management and engineering.
REA organiser and engineer, Michael Myers
said he’d been blown away by the quality of work
the high school teams produced each year.
“It’s very high and it keeps getting higher,”
Michael said. “When you see the work these
kids are turning out, it’s absolutely world class.
I doubt there are five engineers in the country
using computational fluid dynamics, and we’ve got
thousands of kids doing it.
“In a sense we’re just opening the door and
letting the kids go. The results are absolutely
DMO’s three-year sponsorship of the
not-for-profit REA is part of the Industry Skilling
Enhancement Program package (ISPE) announced
by the Government late last year, with the overall
objective to boost defence industry skilling and the
package involves Defence partnering with other
agencies and industry.
While the F1inSchools competition revolves
around a model racing car, the aim is to inspire
students to learn about engineering and science
principles such as physics and aerodynamics, design
and manufacture and apply them in a practical,
imaginative, competitive and exciting way.
F1inSchools sees school teams design and
construct the fastest, most innovative model
Formula 1 cars of the future. As a project team,
they have access to professional-standard 3D
engineering design and analysis software, smoke
tunnels, wind tunnels and multi-axis manufacturing
centres. Powered by small CO2 cartridges, the
cars built by the students are capable of reaching
speeds of 80 km/h.
Schools compete at State and National finals
each year, with the winning team going on to
contest the international finals; this year in London.
DMO General Manager Programs Warren
King said this was a process which demystified
“It flips technology on its head and shows
how it can work for you, and young people who
have done that will never have a worry about
technology,” Mr King said. “They’ll always be
looking for the next challenge.
“We’re a neat match for a lot of these
students. Our work is very much like the program
management they’re involved with and we’re very
interested in making some of these students think
about us as a career.”
“You might have thought being seconded to
the Pentagon was the highlight of my year, but it
wasn’t,” he said. “The highlight of my year was
going around talking to these young people. I’m
often overwhelmed by their ability, and always
re-charged by their enthusiasm.”
Graeme Hutton has an engineering
background and is now a teacher at Canberra’s
Trinity Christian School; home of the most recent
national champion - Redline Racing.
“From the moment I heard about F1inSchools
I was very excited about the possibilities for
learning and having fun at the same time,” Mr
“These students are going through an
engineering process where they analyse and make
judgments about which way to go with their car.
These are really important problem solving and
Bright future for Defence industry
aBoVe: During the avalon air show and expo, some 1280 co2 bulbs (to fire the model cars down
the test track) were used by school students who were there for the careers and skilling Forum
and public air show days.
CHIeF InFoRMAtIon oFFICeR gRouP
Imagine a single, completely integrated high-speed
network that connects all fixed and deployed locations
across Defence. That is the vision of the Defence
Information communication Technology (IcT) revolution.
BeloW: utilising the best in communications
technology while deployed is air combat officer,
Flying officer Phil laverty, in the operations room
of the control and reporting centre at camp
Palomino, Kandahar airfield.
Photo: LAC Aaron Curran
This vision will also include a new
single, wireless desktop environment
allowing everyone in Defence to access
and share information more easily as well
as collaborate across Defence, government
and Australian industry.
The Defence Information Environment
(DIE) is set to be completely overhauled
as part of plans under the Strategic Reform
Program (SRP). The ICT stream of the Strategic
Reform Program is set to deliver $1.9 billion in
savings during the next 10 years.
The Secretary, Mr Nick Warner, has
said that whilst improving the ICT systems in
Defence is one of the biggest challenges, it is
also the one that will bring the biggest rewards.
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By Leila Daniels
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