WE ARE

LIFE-LONG LEARNERS

THE TECH SCHOOL INITIATIVE

The world is becoming more globalised, automated, fast-paced and interconnected. Students today need to learn the skills to succeed in the jobs tomorrow.

 

Three-quarters of the fast-growing industries and occupations require science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills and knowledge. Student engagement, retention and achievement in STEM is critical.

 

The $128 million tech Schools initiative is preparing Victorian students for the world and work of the future. 

GLOBAL SKILLS, LOCAL RELEVANCE

As part of the Victorian Government’s commitment to building the Education State, 10 Tech Schools have been built in communities across Victoria. 

 

Each Tech School is locally driven and has a unique focus
on industries that have been identified as offering the greatest economic and job growth potential in that area. They are located on a Victorian TAFE or university campus and governed in collaboration with schools, industry and other stakeholders. 

 

Tech Schools are shared, high-tech learning environments. They deliver innovative, problem-based education programs that are aligned with teaching offered by partner schools and mapped against the Victorian Curriculum. 

REAL-WORLD EXPERIENCE

Secondary Students from partner government and non-government schools across the state visit Tech Schools to amplify their achievement and engagement in STEM.

 

In practice, students are exposed to such areas as problems in high-tech manufacturing, renewables energy, advanced health sciences, and modern food and fibre processing.

 

They use the latest technology including robotics, virtual reality, 3D printing and industry-quality lab equipment to help solve these problems.

 

Their learning is led by a mix of Tech School staff, partner school staff, experts from tertiary education and industry professionals.

MONASH TECH SCHOOL

Located within the City of Monash and hosted by Monash University, Monash Tech School is at the nexus of leading industry precincts, positioned close to excellent secondary schools, and supported by exceptional tertiary providers. The School provides real-world experiences through hands-on deep learning experiences, which complement and build on existing STEM and Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences curriculums in the Secondary Education Sector.

 

The School offers programs focused on design thinking, prototyping and product delivery within the Medical and Pharmaceutical Technology and New Energy Technologies sectors.

 

These programs incorporate industry, tertiary and research specialists in the design and delivery to ensure students gain the skills and capabilities required of workers in the future.

THE TEAM

Engaging industry, schools, students and research institutions.

Neil

Acting Director

Neil holds a Diploma of Project Management, Master of Education, Bachelor of Teaching and Bachelor of Arts.  He has highly developed skills in curriculum development, stakeholder engagement, change management, and the strategic resourcing of learning and teaching that fosters innovation.

Previous roles have included senior teaching positions at John Monash Science School, Balwyn High School and Ringwood Secondary College.  


Neil has passionately developed a growing body of knowledge, skills and dispositions associated with school leadership and management.  In his most recent role, he increased the use of educational technologies and the development of ground-breaking STEM-based curricula targeted at the middle and senior years of schooling.

Matt

Technology Manager

Matt holds a Bachelor of Network Design and Security, specialising in Systems Engineering and Security.  He has highly developed skills in Network and Server Administration as well as Programming.  Matt has also represented Swinburne University of Technology, twice, at the Cyber Security Challenge Australia, achieving the highest ranking in Victoria on both occasions.  

 

In his most recent role as IT Operations Co-ordinator at John Monash Science School, Matt has further developed his leadership and project management skillset.

 

Matt looks forward to shaping the course of student education in Victoria in his role as Technology Manager.

Chava

Program Facilitator

Chava has worked at several institutions including the Victorian Space Science Education Centre, John Monash Science School, Leibler Yavneh College, Deakin University and Monash University. She holds a Graduate Diploma in Education and Bachelor of Science (Hons) majoring in Geosciences and Biology.

Chava is passionate about palaeontology, project and scenario-based learning, as well as encouraging students to undertake STEM-based careers.

Tori

Program Facilitator

Tori holds a Bachelor of Biological Science (Honours) from Deakin University and a Master of Teaching (Secondary) from Monash University. She also has experience as a demonstrator at Deakin University, teaching various sciences.

 

Tori is interested in biology, biogeography, inquiry-based learning, and engaging young learners in STEM.

 

Over the course of her studies and experiences in schools, Tori has developed her ability to teach secondary sciences in an informative and engaging way. She is excited to use this knowledge with the advanced technology at Monash Tech School in her position as a Program Facilitator.

Veronica

Program Facilitator

Veronica holds a Master of Teaching (Primary and Secondary) and Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science majoring in Formulation Science from Monash University.

 

She believes in lifelong learning and has a strong interest in biochemistry, technology, gamification, and a drive to promote STEM to learners of all ages. 

 

After completing her studies, Veronica is dedicated to educating young learners about science, equipping them with the appropriate knowledge and skills by engaging them in fun and meaningful ways. By incorporating teaching pedagogies with industrial technologies, she looks forward to broadening students’ perspectives of STEM education.

Tegan

Operations Coordinator

Tegan is currently undertaking her Bachelor of Business at Swinburne University of Technology, and with a major in marketing she enjoys digital content creation and social media marketing.

 

As part of her Marketing major she has gained knowledge of promotion, consumer targeting, product development, and market research. Her minor in Business Law introduced her to employment law, contractual formation and torts.

 

Demonstrating her passion for education and learning, she ran study sessions in accounting for high performing students and those that needed extra assistance.

 

She looks forward to working in her role as Operations Coordinator.

Amir

Technology Coordinator

Amir is currently undertaking his Bachelor of Computer Science at Swinburne University of Technology and has a passion for engineering, development and new technology. 

 

Throughout his degree, he has gained skills in software engineering, software development methodologies and project management.

As a part of his role he has further developed his skills in technologies such as VR, 3D printing and Laser cutting.

He appreciates how his work at the tech schools helps students put their skills into real-world practices.

Andrew

Bio-Lab Facilitator

Andrew is the Bio-Lab facilitator at the Monash Tech School.

He runs programs in the PC-2 certified bio-lab.

Janelle

Program Facilitator

Janelle holds a Bachelor of Arts (majoring in Psychology and Perceptual drawing), Diploma of Education (Secondary: Arts and Psychology), Master of Special Education, Inclusion and Early Intervention with a focus on teaching students with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and a Master of School Leadership.

 

Janelle has worked with students with special needs for 15 years, specialising in teaching students with a moderate to severe disability. This experience and passion for her profession led her to write a successful proposal to the Victorian Education Department for the ‘Enhancing Access for Specialist Schools Communities’ project which is being developed at Monash Tech School. 

 

As the Project Lead, Janelle is endeavouring to increase learning and engagement for Victorian students with special needs within the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). The work will benefit the other Victorian Tech Schools as well as creating a Community of Practice within our Specialist Partner Schools and beyond.

Judith

Industry Liaison

Judith is the Industry Liaison for the Monash Tech School.

She works with current and potential industry partners to develop relationships and collaborations between them and the Monash Tech School.

Dylan

Communications Officer

Dylan is currently undertaking his Bachelor of Media and Communications at Swinburne University of Technology with a major in journalism.

Over the course of his studies, Dylan has developed his communication and content creation abilities, gaining experience in creating written, audio and video content.

He looks forward to applying his skills to assist the team at the Monash Tech School in his position as Communications Officer.

Drew

Technology Officer

Drew is currently studying a Bachelor of Games and Interactivity at Swinburne University of Technology with a keen interest in sociology, interactive engagement and media production.

 
Throughout the course of his degree, Drew has developed skills in administration, and  was the writer and designer of the 2018 Scanlon Swinburne Intercultural Fellowship, the Swinburne Vice Chancellor’s Leader of the Year and a luminary of Swinburne’s Emerging Leader Award.


At Monash Tech School, Drew is responsible for the research and deployment of technology in student-oriented programs. He can be found in the Tech School’s Maker Space prototyping new machinery, building Virtual Reality experiences and collaborating with others on ground-breaking STEM applications.

ANNUAL PLANS

MONASH TECH SCHOOL 2018-2021 STRATEGIC PLAN

MONASH TECH SCHOOL 2018 ANNUAL IMPLEMENTATION PLAN

The Monash Tech School is a Victorian State Government Funded Initiative 

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