Sydney, Australia — October 9, 2019 — To help develop skills for the future workforce, Re-Engineering Australia Foundation Ltd (REA) today announced the launch of a partnership with Dassault Systèmes to make available the 3DEXPERIENCE platform to schools and students participating in REA’s STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) programs.
At a time of rapid technological advancement, REA provides teachers with new approaches to help the delivery of STEM-based education and technology in the classroom. These technologies help facilitate the development of the employability skills industry seeks and promote Life-Long Learning.
Dr Michael Myers OAM, Executive Chairman REA said. “It has always been REA’s goal to provide students with access to the best tools in the world and the Dassault Systèmes 3DEXPERIENCE platform consists of the same applications used by the leaders of industry. If we want the best students, we must give them access to the best tools.”
“REA has in the past provided Dassault Systèmes’ CATIA applications to the Australian schools involved in the F1 in Schools Program. Each of our five Australian teams to win the F1 in Schools World Championship have used CATIA as their 3D design application, highlighting the potential of providing students with access to the best technology in the world. The opportunity for us to provide access to the 3DEXPERIENCE platform for even more schools is exciting,” said Dr Myers.
REA is focusing on the implementation of a Life-long Learning platform which takes the concept of STEM education to another level. It focuses on the development of the analytical problem-solving capacity of students and promoting the development of communication and collaboration skills at a very early stage. REA’s programs start in primary school, allow students to transition their knowledge through high school and into University and directly into a career simplifying the transition for students to the world of work. With the knowledge being gained in primary school having a direct link to the knowledge students will use in a career, it will drive the development of educational relevance at the earliest ages.
REA partners with the Department of Defence through the Schools Pathways Program to support increasing the pool of STEM educated students and informing Australia’s youth about employment opportunities and pathways into the defence industry, including in the National Naval Shipbuilding Enterprise.
A fundamental and critical differentiator of the REA programs has been the requirement for students to work directly with industry partners in the context of their projects. Students have the opportunity to see direct relevance between the classroom and the activities they will experience in the world of work. With students collaborating with industry mentors using the same platform, the learning outcomes will multiply significantly.
“Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform fits perfectly with the concept of Lifelong Learning strategies of REA. We are excited about the opportunity we are making available to Australian students,” said Dr Myers.
“The digital revolution is transforming every aspect of industrial business, and the 3DEXPERIENCE platform has an important role to play in educating and preparing students for this change,” said Valérie Ferret, Vice President Learning Experience, Dassault Systèmes. “Virtual worlds combine library, classroom and laboratory, enabling a new approach to sustainable innovation that facilitates understanding by experimenting. By partnering with REA, Dassault Systèmes can help empower Australian students with knowledge and know-how in the virtual world to improve the real world.”