When Wyndham Tech School open its doors mid next year, students and teachers will step into a whole new world of learning possibilities.
'There are design studios — not classrooms...'
Looking to the future at Wyndham
Its sweeping open plan will house design studios rather than classrooms, timetables will be non-existent and creative thinking and teamwork will be just as important as learning Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) skills.
High-tech digital labs and a simulation hub will allow students and teachers to explore dangerous jobs safely through virtual reality.
Wyndham Tech School will be a cutting-edge innovation centre designed to produce new forms of teaching and learning so students are equipped for the future.
Tech Schools of tomorrow
The Wyndham Tech School is one of 10 being established across Victoria. The $128-million Tech School initiative — a key Education State initiative — are led by local industry areas predicted to enjoy the greatest growth.
Each Tech School will be located on a TAFE or university site and offer rich, immersive STEM programs to all participating government and non-government secondary schools in the region.
Up to 12,000 secondary students from 18 partner schools across Wyndham will have access Wyndham Tech School’s learning programs for free.
Wyndham Tech School — begins with a vision
The vision for Wyndham Tech School is the result of unique co-design approach. Students in the Wyndham area were asked what kind of learning programs and spaces they would like at their Tech School. The Tech School director, architect, Victoria University staff and executives, principals, teachers, consultants, committees were also involved.
Rahul Jhugaroo, a Year 12 student at The Grange P-12 College in Hoppers Crossing, took part.
‘We wanted spaces that could change and be used for different things,’ he says. ‘A theatre could double as a green screen – that kind of thing.’
Wyndham Tech School Director Sandra McKechnie says programs will emphasise STEM skills as well as problem solving and teamwork.
‘We’re working on the whole person, including social aspects,’ Ms McKechnie says.
Mark Freeman from Gray Puksand Architects says the building’s open nature, with creative hands-on spaces, is designed to let students see what everyone else is doing.
‘These programs might last from a day or two to a couple of weeks,’ he says.
‘There are design studios — not classrooms. We’re breaking away from timetables. You don’t start a task at 9.00am and finish 50 minutes later.’
Education Minister James Merlino turned the first sod at the site earlier in July.
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