Tech Schools Summit 2016

Tech Schools Summit 2016 - Banner

On 26 April 2016, more than 300 people from Victoria's TAFEs, schools, universities and industry gathered at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre for the first ever Tech Schools Summit.

ABC Radio National journalist and master of ceremonies Natasha Mitchell welcomed an impressive list of speakers, including Tech Schools Ambassador, Marita Cheng, who beamed in live from NASA, Victorian Lead Scientist Leonie Walsh and Engineering and Community Outreach Manager at Google Australia, Sally-ann Williams.

Each speaker explored the opportunities of the Tech Schools initiative from a unique perspective to highlight how the learning centres will connect students to careers in the growing industries of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

Summit resources

A number of resources were developed as part of the Summit.

STEM and the future workforce: Presentation by Leonie Walsh, Lead Scientist of Victoria

Leonie's presentation outlined the societal and technological drivers that are impacting jobs and industry change and how Victoria must rise to the challenge by maximising our talent pool and ensuring our young people are prepared for the jobs of the future.

For the full presentation, see: Leonie Walsh Presentation (pdf - 1.01mb)  | Leonie Walsh Presentation (pptx - 3.33mb)

Tech Schools Summit - video

This short video captures the buzz of the day, highlighting the excitement and positive energy that summit delegates including the industry leaders, attending students and teachers from around the State have for Tech Schools.

Video transcript (docx - 26.3kb)

Students on Tech Schools

Ensuring students have a voice in the establishment of Tech Schools was an essential part of the Summit. Watch this video to hear the thoughts of students from Wellington Secondary College on Tech Schools and their message to the summit delegates.

Transcript (docx - 26.01kb)

Learning from Learners

The summit workshop 'Learning from Learners' was a popular session that included a panel of students from the Victorian Student Representative Council, sharing their priorities for Tech Schools. The workshop's discussion was recorded by a graphic illustrator; these inspirational discussions illustrated in the picture above highlight the value students place on having teachers with a passion for education.

See: Learning from Learners - full illustration  |  Learning from Learners - Notes

Professor Stephen Heppell on Tech Schools

Stephen Heppell has dedicated his career to promoting innovation in education to ensure the best possible education experience for every child. He has been involved in the design and construction of new learning environments in locations as diverse as the United Kingdom and the Caribbean. On a recent visit to Australia he meet with the Tech Schools team to share his insights into creating innovate learning environments - watch this video to find out more.

For more information, see: Tech Schools