To Get Their Gears Going
Raytheon, Questacon exhibit comes to South Australia to inspire tomorrow’s engineers
The Innovation Factory is a place where children turn cranks, push buttons and pull levers to make things go.
For them, it’s a fun place to learn. For teachers of maths and science, it’s a chance to tell the story of systems integration – how machines work together – and inspire a new generation of engineers.
Raytheon Australia, the country’s leading integrator for defence systems, is partnering with Questacon – the National Science and Technology Centre in conjunction with the University of South Australia to bring the Innovation Factory to South Australia. The exhibit will run at the University of South Australia City West campus in Adelaide from 18 December 2015 to 17 February 2016. Admission is free.
“The exhibition captures Raytheon’s spirit of innovation and enables young Australians to investigate basic mechanical tools such as cams, gears, pulleys, levers and electric circuits,” Raytheon Australia Managing Director Michael Ward said.
“It’s a hands-on engineering exhibition that we hope will encourage young Australians into the world of maths and science to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.”
As a technology and engineering company, Raytheon is intimately aware of the need to motivate young people to continue their studies in maths and science for the nation’s future. For nearly 10 years, Raytheon Australia has demonstrated its commitment to maths and science education through an ongoing partnership with Questacon, Australia’s National Science and Technology Centre. That partnership is the largest community initiative undertaken by Raytheon outside the United States.
Since the start of this partnership, more than 12,000 Australian students from more than 300 schools gained access to engineering-based programs through Questacon’s Schmidt Studio. More than 600,000 visitors experienced systems integration when the Imagination Factory toured Australia eight years ago.
Today, the result of this ongoing partnership is Questacon’s Innovation Factory.
The exhibit addresses a need Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull identified in a recent speech on innovation, when he encouraged all Australians to ensure children develop skills in science, technology, engineering and math, and that they know the language of the machines that will drive technology in the future.
Ward said Raytheon recognises that need and is dedicated to meeting it through initiatives like the Innovation Factory.
“Raytheon Australia is endowed with some of the smartest, most innovative and capable engineers in our industry,” he said. “As the country’s premier combat systems integrator, we are committed to sustainable, long term, highly skilled work in Australia, for Australians, while providing the strongest possible focus on Adelaide.”