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National Science Week virtual challenge

National Science Week virtual challenge

If you're looking for a fun activity that your school, family or self can do whilst we are learning and working remotely, then check out our virtual 2020 National Science Week Rosetta Tomorrow Challenge. Fully online, the resource guides participants through designing...

Ready to grow with Farmwall

Ready to grow with Farmwall

Our Farmwall is set up and ready to use in our new FoodLab program. A huge thank you to GH Commercial for this donation. If you're interested in your own Farmwall, click on this link to find out more about the Farmwall Resilience Growing education program. We're...

We’re hiring a project manager

Melbourne Polytechnic are hiring a new project manager to work part-time across the Whittlesea and Banyule Nillumbik Tech Schools. The role will be responsible for managing our Student Start-Up program (check out video below from past program) and co-developing and...

Showcasing Design Club

Showcasing Design Club

Check out some of the incredible digital artworks created by young people who attended our online Design Club during Term 2. Participants were introduced to a new tool or technique in Adobe Illustrator each week. They then had dedicated time to work on their own...

Virtual biotech scientific inquiry now available

Virtual biotech scientific inquiry now available

We're excited to announce that our Medical Biotechnology in Focus Scientific Inquiry program is now available for partner schools of the Whittlesea and Banyule Nillumbik tech schools. This specialist program introduces young people to the global challenge of...

Remote delivery of new design challenge

Remote delivery of new design challenge

Last week we co-facilitated our first remote learning program with the Banyule Nillumbik Tech School for 45 students from Greensborough College. The students participated in our new Human-Animal Interactions Design Challenge, which was set to launch in Term 3 but was...

Student ambassadors game jam virtually

We were thrilled to be able to still host our second 2020 Student Ambassador Program day remotely last Thursday. The young people took part in a game jam where they worked in virtual teams to develop social games that allowed players to remain socially distant. In...

Systems engineering teacher masterclass

Our sister Tech School, Banyule Nillumbik, has partnered up with DATTA Vic to deliver 'Success with Systems Engineering', thanks to support through Google's Educator Professional Development Grant Program. This project aims to support schools to set up a VCE Systems...

Celebrating Careers Week

To celebrate National Careers Week, we are showcasing some of the wonderful STEM innovators that we get to work with at our Tech School. This campaign was created by our new STEM Communication Officer, Anne Jessup. Check them out!      

New virtual design club

New virtual design club

Later this month we launch our new online Design Club with the Banyule Nillumbik Tech School. This 6-week after-school club will use industry-standard design software, Adobe Illustrator, and feature a new topic each week, including basic drawing, tracing, perspective,...

New online tech club

New online tech club

We have partnered with Nillumbik Youth and Banyule Nillumbik Tech School to offer a free 6-week online introductory program to give young people a taste of what Nillumbik Youth Maker Lab is all about. Commencing Tuesday 19 May, the online program will develop a range...

Welcoming Anne Jessup to the team

Welcoming Anne Jessup to the team

Anne Jessup is a recently graduated P-12 educator who joins the Whittlesea Tech School team as our newest STEM Communication Officer. Bringing with her a special interest and knowledge in biology and literary studies, she has jumped straight into co-developing an...

IWD2020: Showcasing our director

IWD2020: Showcasing our director

Happy 2020 International Women's Day! To mark the day, we are showcasing our wonderful director, Dr Sandra McKechnie, who leads us every day with authenticity, expertise and thoughtful kindness. Check out part of her career story above.

Cultural immersion on Country

Cultural immersion on Country

Our Director, Sandra, and I had an incredible experience last week on Gunditjmara Country, part of our cultural immersion training with Shane Charles ahead of our upcoming STEM camp and sessions with the Koorie Academy of Excellence, Department of Education &...

Students design STEM Arcade

Students design STEM Arcade

We've been having a lot of fun with our new design challenge where students design arcade-style games that demonstrate STEM principles to primary school children. Students have been learning how to use Microsoft Makecode Arcade to code their own games and Tinkercad to...

Presenting at the ASC Conference

Presenting at the ASC Conference

Yesterday, my fellow STEM Communication Officer, Michael Wilson, and I presented at the Australian Science Communicators Conference in Melbourne. Our workshop demonstrated how we use Design Thinking to empower young people to take on global and local challenges....

Environment teachers event

Environment teachers event

Last night we hosted the Hume and Whittlesea Teachers Environment Network event in collaboration with both councils. The event focused on highlighting the value of partnerships, student-led innovation and new technologies that drive sustainability in schools. It was a...

Showcasing our women in science

Showcasing our women in science

Happy International Day of Women and Girls in Science! To celebrate, we are showcasing the career journeys of the scientists who create inspiring opportunities for our young people every day. Check out their career snippets above. These graphics are part of a broader...

Smoking ceremony with Shane Charles

Smoking ceremony with Shane Charles

Our team started today with a beautiful smoking ceremony performed by Shane Charles. Shane will be working with our team throughout the year as part of ongoing cultural awareness training. Thanks for your time and knowledge, Shane.

Interactive learning experiences workshop

Interactive learning experiences workshop

Our learning technologist, Carlin, led a professional development session today for our staff, those from Banyule Nillumbik Tech School and the Learning Environments team at Melbourne Polytechnic. Participants were demonstrated the capabilities of 360-degree video and...

Our best wishes for 2020 with a new video

To all our Whittlesea Tech School community, we would like to wish you all the very best for 2020. We started the new working year, after a well-deserved rest over the festive break, with a new video by our videographer, Glenn Dixon. This incredible video captures our...

Teacher PD series underway

Teacher PD series underway

Over the next few days, my colleagues and I will be running a series of professional development workshops for teachers in the region. We started today with a Design Thinking workshop, and then this afternoon we heard from Laura Mitchell from Preston High School and...

Overseas educators visit the Tech School

Overseas educators visit the Tech School

Yesterday, my colleague Tess and I presented to 23 Saudi Arabian educators who are participating in a 40-week exchange program with Monash University. These teachers were keen to learn more about the Tech Schools Initiative, our approach to inquiry-based learning, and...

Mini Maker Faire a huge success

Mini Maker Faire a huge success

Our 2019 Mini Maker Faire yesterday, led by Michael and our wonderful student ambassadors, was a glorious success with 350 local primary school students enjoying numerous STEM activities! Thanks to our partner schools who also ran activities and to Telstra for...

IoT training with Telstra

IoT training with Telstra

Our team attended a professional development workshop with Telstra today about all things Internet of Things (IoT) and its widespread applications. There were also some exciting cross-tech school discussions about how we can extend our programs using IoT so watch this...

Jewellery design with Melbourne Arboretum

Jewellery design with Melbourne Arboretum

We had a blast last Friday facilitating a jewellery design workshop with students from Hazel Glen College and Diamond Valley Learning Centre. The design brief was to create jewellery that would promote the natural environment of Melbourne's north with students...

Our facility wins an award

Our facility wins an award

We are thrilled to announce that our tech school has just earned ClarkeHopkinsClarke the 2019 Learning Environments Australasia (Vic Chapter) award for a new facility under $8 million. Check out the accompanying article here.

2020 programs launched

2020 programs launched

Today we launched our 2020 programs with breakfast and some of the many wonderful teachers from our partner schools who have supported us during our first year in operation. It was a day of celebrating 2019 and looking forward with excitement to 2020! Check out our...

Steampunk student designers

Steampunk student designers

Our fictional Steampunk film character, Shelby, is coming to life through our student designers. As part of our new design challenge, students are provided with a character description of Shelby and asked to convey their interpreted personality through designing...

Find Their Feet careers event

Find Their Feet careers event

Last night we hosted the Hume Whittlesea Local Learning and Employment Network (HWLLEN) and Melbourne Polytechnic Find Their Feet careers night at our tech school for students and parents to explore the future world of work and the growth industries of Melbourne's...

Community hub indeed

Community hub indeed

We're a hub of activity today with students from Lalor North College participating on our Steampunk design challenge, teacher ambassadors designing our new 2020 Connecting with Mental Wellbeing inquiry, student ambassadors developing activities for our 2020 Maker...

Wearable tech workshop with La Trobe

Wearable tech workshop with La Trobe

Students from Lalor Secondary College had the opportunity to work with engineering and technology students from La Trobe University at our Tech School today. The students were shown how to develop wearable technology using conductive thread and then designed their own...

Local community engage with STEAM

Local community engage with STEAM

Last Friday, as part of National Science Week, we held a fun-filled celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) for girls, women and non-binary people in our local community. Kindly sponsored by the Royal Society of Victoria and Inspiring...

Launching our new makerspace

Launching our new makerspace

We are excited to announce that we have received funding from the City of Whittlesea council to run an after-school makerspace. This weekly session provides an opportunity for local young people to make use of our facilities and equipment, and leverage the expertise...

Collaborating with the Melbourne Arboretum

Collaborating with the Melbourne Arboretum

This was a nice setting for a meeting yesterday afternoon as our team met with Maggie and Sarah from the Melbourne Arboretum to discuss how we can collaborate to involve our young people in the development of this incredibly exciting new nature engagement project,...

Scicomm with Science Gallery Melbourne

Scicomm with Science Gallery Melbourne

Yesterday, our student ambassadors got the chance to work with our own science communicator, Vhairi, and her old colleagues from Science Gallery Melbourne to develop their communication skills. Claire and Caleb from Science Gallery Melbourne gave students the tricks...

Workshop with Gary Stager

Workshop with Gary Stager

Today we had the privilege of hosting Gary Stager at our Tech School to run a session on project-based learning and the maker movement for our staff and partner school teachers. Following a thought-provoking presentation, Gary then ran a workshop on coding and...

Hummingbird microcontroller teacher PD

Hummingbird microcontroller teacher PD

Today we welcomed teachers from Melbourne's north for a professional development workshop on Hummingbird microcontrollers. The day was led by our learning technologists at the Whittlesea and Banyule Nillumbik Tech Schools, Carlin and Anthony, and it was lovely to see...

Opening our doors during Education Week

Opening our doors during Education Week

Last Thursday evening during Education Week, we opened our doors to our local community. It was incredible to see so many people - young, old, teachers, industry, interested locals - exploring what Tech Schools have to offer. The event included tours led by our...

Whole-school teacher learning day

Whole-school teacher learning day

Today, our STEM Communication Officer, Vhairi, led a whole-school professional learning day for 62 partner school teachers from Lalor North Secondary College. This school is in the process of implementing a new, whole-of-school approach to inquiry-based learning. As...

Article on our Tech School

Article on our Tech School

A great piece has just been released on our wonderful tech school by those who designed it at ClarkeHopkinsClarke.   "When students walk through the front doors of Whittlesea Tech School they will enter a new world. A world of 3D printers and scanners, laser cutters,...

NORTH Link industry breakfast

NORTH Link industry breakfast

It was a delight to host the NORTH Link networking breakfast this morning. Connecting industry and community with education is one of our key goals as a Tech School, so it was an absolute pleasure to do so with so many local organisations this morning. We look forward...

STEM role models on display

STEM role models on display

Check out our new STEM role model posters containing the stories of eight innovators now on display for all of our young people to explore at our Tech School. These amazing artworks were created by four female illustrators and commissioned by the Nevertheless Podcast...

Co-designing our new inquiry program

Co-designing our new inquiry program

We had a fantastic time co-designing our new inquiry program, Past, Present, Poverty: Liveability for All, with our teacher ambassadors today. The Design Thinking process was facilitated by our friends at Education Changemakers and served as a fantastic professional...

VCAL teacher literacy workshop

VCAL teacher literacy workshop

Busy day today at our Tech School with the Banyule Nillumbik Local Learning and Employment Network using our facility to run a literacy workshop for 95 VCAL teachers from Melbourne's north. We also had 50 year 9 students from Epping Secondary College participating in...

Filming local perspectives for new program

Filming local perspectives for new program

Our STEM communication officers, Michael and Vhairi, spent the day filming for our new inquiry program, What & Where in Whittlesea. This program asks students to provide solutions to issues related to the rapid population growth of Melbourne's north, such as a...

2019 Tech Schools Symposium

2019 Tech Schools Symposium

Our team spent the day connecting with our fellow Tech Schools network at the 2019 Tech Schools Symposium. The day was full of inspiring reflections and rich discussions prompted by a powerful keynote from Vic's Lead Scientist, Dr. Amanda Caples, and a...

Podcasting masterclass

Podcasting masterclass

Our team had a great day gaining inspiration and advice from the UK's leading podcast coach, James Burtt. This masterclass provided fantastic insights for our STEM communication officers, Vhairi and Daniel, who are in the midst of developing our new podcast studio...

Design Thinking with NoTosh

Design Thinking with NoTosh

The Whittlesea and Banyule Nillumbik Tech School team are feeling excited and eager to facilitate after a successful 2-day design thinking workshop with NoTosh. Our team gained so many useful, practical ideas to incorporate into program development and delivery. A...

Projection animation workshop at ACMI

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...

Sounds of Science

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...

Tech Fest Launch at NGV

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...

Whittlesea Tech School Co-Directors Appointed

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...

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...

Industry Bus Tour

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...

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...

Partnerships Update

We are thrilled to have made partnerships with three key organisations being; DATTA (Design and Technology Teachers Association), ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image) and The Royal Society of Victoria. DATTA is the peak professional body for design and...

Whittlesea Tech School Newsletter #2

Whittlesea Tech School Newsletter #2

Our 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...

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...

Chat-Bot

Our Chat-both-athon has caused a bit of a stir and if you view our Twitter Feed @WhittleseaTS you will see a bit of excitement! The little film that was created has been very popular and we encourage you to share it!  It really captures some of the key elements of our...

Sod Turning Ceremony

Sod Turning Ceremony

Our sod turning event went off without a hitch and was very positively received.We were fortunate enough to have Hon Lily D'Ambrosio Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Danielle Green MP and Bronwyn Halfpenny MP in attendance. Melbourne Polytechnics...

Chat Bot Update – Calling For Students!

On Wednesday the 31stMay a small group worked on planning out the Chat Bot project. Over the course of the day Richard and Bec from Microsoft shared some great examples of Chat Bots and where they are used. The emergence of Chat Bots is related to one of the three big...