Tech skill on show

Bendigo Weekly | Bendigo Weekly | 08-Feb-2018

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THE programs at Bendigo’s soon-to-be tech school have had student eyes run over them this week, with more than 40 “Tech Ambassadors” meeting minds at La Trobe University to shape the direction of the college’s student-led programs.

The ambassadors, representing secondary schools from across the region, made their way to the university over the past two days to learn more about the school.

The tech school is under construction as part of a state government plan to establish 10 similar facilities across the state to promote science, maths, engineering, arts and technology-based education.

This week’s two-day ”bootcamp” saw the ambassadors take part in workshops and events to shape the programming, design and fit-out of the new school.

The camp was facilitated by Community Leadership Loddon Murray (CLLM) and the international design company Steelcase.

The school’s director, Graeme Wiggins, said the workshops would allow the students to use the core skills the school will focus on.

‘The ambassadors will connect their peers to technology in their school and community, and will solve local problems and challenges using science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics—or what we call ‘STEAM’,” he said.

 CLLM’s Leah Sertori said the program allowed the ambassadors to shape the projects students will work on.

The state government’s latest project update stated the tech school is expected to be complete in mid-2018.


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