Projection animation workshop at ACMI

We are looking to create a bit of “White Night” in Epping through the Tech School.  The building itself has some great surfaces for a projection canvas and we are looking to light it up for the opening.  In collaboration with our partners ACMI, this event took students from Thomastown Secondary College into Studio 2 of ACMI to have a hands on workshop creating animations to be projected at the opening event.

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Sounds of Science

This production engaged five students from Whittlesea Secondary College were able to to explore music composition using a range of recording, sequencing and performance devices. The music students developed an understanding of electronic instruments and how sound is generated through oscillators and shaped through filters and modulation.

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Tech Fest Launch at NGV

The Launch of Techfest took place at the National Gallery of Victoria.  Students from Mill Park Secondary College were able to participate in the day’s activities.
The Minister for Education James Merlino joined Tech School students for the launch of Tech Fest and embarked on the Melbourne Design Week Challenge ‘e-waste evolution’.

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Whittlesea Tech School Co-Directors Appointed

We are pleased to introduce the new co-directors of the Whittlsea Tech School.  At the begining of February Dr Sandra McKechnie and Dr Stefan Schutt joined us in sharing the role of Whittlesea Directors.  Together they have an impressive skill set and hold a passion for creating opportunities for young people. (more…)

BIOTECH CO-DESIGN DAY

The biotech pilot planning is progressing well. The planning group experienced a reciprocal visit and were welcomed by Parade College who showed us their school and even gave a glimpse of their exciting new Nash Centre.   The next phase of the pilot saw all the participants regrouping to co-design the parameters of the pilot.  This work will be fleshed out further in the new year to be implemented mid – 2018.
Biotech is an exciting industry and this pilot will help to raise awareness in students of the opportunities that lie in this field.

Industry Bus Tour

Despite a very hot bus trip, our first industry bus tour was an illuminating adventure.  We got to have a behind the scenes look at the Northern Hospital and the Austin Hospital.  These institutions are very much part of the fabric of the North of Melbourne and part of the future industry focus of our Tech School.  Some reflections of the day included a better understanding of the implications of growth in our area.  Did you know @ 4000 babies are born annually at the Northern Hospital alone?  Also the importance of technology and engineering were highlighted and were visible whether it was in radiology or the simulation training suites.  In all it was a whirlwind tour that only scratched the surface of what happens behind the scenes, but certainly gave all those involved an increased sense of the importance of these fields in the futures of our students in life and for work.

Tech School Maker Faire

Our young people certainly demonstrated what they can do at the Schools Maker Faire.  Our secondary students, led by our student ambassadors really created an exciting day for our local primary school students.  We had 430 primary students attend on the day and over 100 secondary students running activities.  In addition, we also had some generous support from the team at Careers Education Association of Victoria, City of Whittlesea and Melbourne Polytechnic.  Feedback from the day has been overwhelmingly positive and we have built an expectation of an annual event!   One thing is for sure, the students who participated won’t forget so many of the highlights, whether it be hearing from Marita Cheng, seeing Thomas Bitmatta flying his drones or even the Nao robot dancing Gangam Style!
Below is a short clip which captures some of the action on the day and a link to the report featured on DET’s website. 

 

Whittlesea Tech School Newsletter #2

Building Design - Architect RenderOur Tech School is really moving! Much of the capital works planning has been realised and we are entering the next phase of development.

Program development is one of our next big pieces of work. We will convene our first inquiry focus panel on the 26th July. It will be great to see what our focus will be. This panel will consist of members of all of our sub-comittees and some of our Student Ambassadors. (more…)

Helping Students to Communicate Scientific Concepts

We have been approached by the DET Tech Schools Division to engage in some work developing curriculum for teacher to use regarding Science Literacy. Science Literacy and Science communication are specialist areas that enable students to communicate complex scientific concepts to a non-scientific audience. Our aim is to develop a resource for the 10 Tech Schools which is also made available to partner schools. We will undertake a range of fact finding activities as we scope out this undertaking and will reach out to some science teachers in our partner schools for feedback and advice. Stay tuned!