About

What are Tech Schools?

The Whittlesea Tech School is part of the Victorian government Tech Schools initiative shifting school education into the future.

Tech Schools are not schools in the traditional sense, but high-tech learning centres that provide unique experiences for local partner schools.

They are built on TAFE or university campuses to introduce secondary school students to tertiary education.

Our specialist STEM programs are designed in partnership with community, industry and schools in response to key challenges facing the local community.

These programs help prepare young people for the changing nature of work by developing key 21st century skills.

Teachers deliver our programs both within their school and at the Tech School alongside our staff, utilising our cutting-edge facilities, equipment and expertise.

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Our Tech School

The Whittlesea Tech School is hosted by Melbourne Polytechnic. The facility opened in September 2018 and provides access to cutting-edge technologies for over 10,000 local students from 14 partner secondary schools.

In addition to supporting these young people, Whittlesea Tech School acts as a community hub for local people of all ages to engage with STEM and the growth industries of Melbourne’s north.

Whittlesea Tech School is aligned to five key local growth industries:

  • Advanced manufacturing
  • Scientific and technical services
  • Healthcare and social assistance
  • Entrepreneurial skills
  • Food and fibre.
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Our Values

Dream Big

  • We create our futures
  • We imagine, create and design to make it happen

All In

  • Together we do better
  • Equity and diversity make us better
  • We include all in what we do
  • Community, education, partner & collaborate

Shout It Out

  • We show and tell the world what we do
  • We share and celebrate our success

Dare To Challenge

  • We embrace opportunities and
    take on the big challenges
  • Our learning is real and makes a
    difference
  • We ask the hard questions

Our Mission

Think It

Turning real-world problems into
solutions that focus on user experience and interactions

Design It

Using iterative processes and
testing to ensure that solutions do more than hide a problem

Create It

Taking outcomes beyond the
classroom, testing them in the real world, and using advanced manufacturing to turn them into scalable products

Our Goals

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Transferable Skills

Develop transferable skills for
work and life in the 21st century
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Transdisciplinary Approaches

Use transdisciplinary approaches
to solve real-world problems
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Connect

Connect education with industry
and community

Our Principals

Design Thinking

A human-centric innovation process for creative problem solving

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A structure that ensures surface and deep learning are privilieged

Deep Learning Competencies

Development of competencies encompassing 21st century enterprise, capabilities and soft skills

Our Tech

We offer Skill-Up sessions for students in a range of exciting tech as part of our programs, which students then use to prototype their bright ideas. Partner school teachers are also upskilled during professional development workshops to run these sessions.

Some of our available tech:

  • 3D printing and scanning
  • Laser and vinyl cutting
  • UV and garment printing
  • CNC routing and milling
  • Simple electronics
  • Microcontrollers (e.g. micro:bit)
  • Programming and coding
  • App development
  • Virtual and augmented reality
  • Video and audio
  • Green screen, animation and projection
  • Sewing and digital embroidery
  • Moulding and casting
  • 2D and 3D digital design
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Our Team

Marc Blanks

Marc Blanks

Executive Director

Sandra McKenzie

Sandra McKenzie

Director

Carlin Grieve

Carlin Grieve

Learning Technologist

Shang Wang

Shang Wang

STEM Educator

Vhairi Mackintosh

Vhairi Mackintosh

STEM Communication Officer

Michael Wilson

Michael Wilson

STEM Communication Officer

Tammy Rowe

Tammy Rowe

Administrative Assistant

Our Partners

SCHOOLS

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