Presenter Tim Gentle with students Sam Graham, Eve Fetherstonhaugh and Sei Pailthorpe.

Tech curious locals explored immersive new technologies as part of the Tech Futures Day at Bendigo’s Discovery Science and Technology Centre on Tuesday.

The free event presented by the Bendigo Tech School and the DSTC featured workshops, forums and an immersive virtual reality and augmented reality experience.

One of the presenters, Tim Gentle, said the day aimed to showcase how technology can transform the 2D into the 3D, and how it’s changing human interaction and workplaces.

“It was not just for video gamers – immersive technology is changing how business is done and it is here with us now,” he said.

“Emergency providers use virtual reality to internally train their team.

“Augmented reality is used by engineers to model a structure on its future proposed location and there are many possible applications for other industries.”

Bendigo Tech School director Graeme Wiggins said the Bendigo Tech School’s programs prepare students for the world of work and are aligned to industries predicted to experience strong economic and employment growth.

“Our research indicates that the future of work for the region of Bendigo is in the industries of medical technology and pharmaceuticals, new energy technologies, advance manufacturing, food and fibre, transport, defence and construction technologies,” he said.

Currently under construction at La Trobe University’s Bendigo campus, the Bendigo Tech School will start delivering innovative learning programming to thousands of local students in Term 3.

The state government is investing $128 million to establish 10 Tech Schools across the state.