Tech Schools — inspiring students and teachers

It's not just students who are excited about getting their hands on coding, electronics and robotics at Victoria's new Tech Schools – teachers are enthusiastic about its potential in the classroom too.

Mater Christi College maths and science teacher Rebecca Woff says cutting-edge equipment at the Tech School is creating real enthusiasm for teachers to learn alongside students and developing exciting new lesson plans.

'From the experience, we are now looking to work with our Year 7s in their English classes, focusing on their procedural writing to help support them when it comes to coding and programming,' Ms Woff says.

Lilydale High School STEAM Coordinator Tony Vallance says the school adapted resources from the Yarra Ranges Tech School's High Tech Hospitals challenge to develop learning materials and units of study.

Students developed a range of skills as they designed, built and programmed robots to help treat sick children in a hypothetical hospital of the future.

'The really cool thing going through these tasks was they developed narratives, so they showed their empathy for it - and it was awesome,' Mr Vallance says.

Victoria's Tech Schools — future focussed

Mater Christi College is one of 20 local partner schools of Yarra Ranges Tech School, which opened earlier this year.

The Tech School has a local focus 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 built under the Victorian Government's $128 million Tech Schools Initiative.

Tech Schools will use leading-edge technology, discovery and innovation to deliver the education programs and training Victorian students will need to compete in the global economy.

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