Australia’s Chief Scientist emphasised the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects in preparing today’s students for the jobs of tomorrow during a recent tour of Yarra Ranges Tech School.
Dr Alan Finkel observed Monbulk College students in a robotic and electronic design class as part of Tech School’s High Tech Hospital program. The program asks students to address patient care and imagine the hospitals of the future.
‘To me, the most exciting way for a student to think about what they might want to be, is to present them with the real world problems that need to be solved,’ Dr Finkel said on his tour.
‘It’s been exciting for me to see the way you’ve taken the most modern technology, using design software that leading engineers would be using, to have incorporated them into the learning experience that these Year 7 and 8 students are coming in to get.’
The Yarra Ranges Tech School opened in April this year at Box Hill Institute’s Lilydale Lakeside campus. Its innovative education programs link with local industry, focusing on precision manufacturing, digital technologies including medical robotics, sustainability and renewables, food, fibre and biotechnology.
The Yarra Ranges site is one of 10 new Tech Schools the Victorian Government is building under $128 million Tech Schools Initiative, which uses new technology to deliver advanced education and training in science, engineering and maths.
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