Targeting outcomes with BAE Systems


IT and Electro-Technology students have spent the last few weeks looking at the design requirements behind a Remote Target Detection system.

The project, based on the Jindalee Operational Radar Network (JORN), was developed by BAE Systems, a partner in our P-TECH program. It fosters students’ technical STEM skills by developing their mathematical, electronic and IT capabilities.

Some of the key features of the systems and control project include calculating distance using the time it takes for a sound wave to return from a target, considering the angle of reflection from the ionosphere and the curvature of the Earth. The build of the project required 3D modelling, 3D printing of parts, the assembly of parts, programming in Python and integration with a Raspberry Pi computer system.

Representatives from the multinational defence, security, and aerospace company were impressed with what the students have already achieved during a recent workshop at the College. Lou Pivato and John Kiejko mentored students and provided them with valuable guidance and instruction on how to achieve their targeted outcomes.

This project highlights how central and effective P-TECH programs are in offering mentor support for students and enabling access to the latest technologies used in industry. Working in partnership with industry skills young people and strengthens their prospects for employment.

The Year 11 and 12 students now look forward to a tour of BAE Systems to see first-hand what they are renowned for.