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.
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.
Engaging industry, schools, students and research institutions.
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.
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.
Andrew is the Bio-Lab facilitator at the Monash Tech School.
He runs programs in the PC-2 certified bio-lab.
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.
Judith joined the Monash Tech team having previously coordinated a wide variety of careers/ industry initiatives, including Careers in Manufacturing (CiM), and the national Careers & Skills Showcase for the Australian International Air Show.
Judith has also worked closely within the Australian Apprenticeship program, promoting New Apprenticeships to schools, industry and other stakeholders. Judith has also worked in the Disability Employment sector, promoting and facilitating open employment opportunities for young people with additional needs.
Judith is passionate about building partnerships between schools and industry which excite, inspire, and empower young people's confidence in and understanding of STEM related pathways and future opportunities.
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.