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BENDIGO’S NEW TECH SCHOOL ON TRACK

Thursday, 14 June 2018

BENDIGO’S NEW TECH SCHOOL ON TRACK

14th Jun 2018

Studentsfrom 14 secondary schools in Bendigo will soon have access to the latesttechnology and learning programs with the Bendigo Tech School on track to openlater this year.

Ministerfor Education James Merlino, Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan and Memberfor Bendigo West Maree Edwards today visited the school to see firsthand theprogress of the building construction, part of a $128 million investment by theAndrews Labor Government to deliver tech schools across the state.

Thenew Tech School is located at the Bendigo Campus of La Trobe University and ispart of the university’s new Engineering and Technology building.

Studentsattending the Tech School will get hands-on experience using specialisedhigh-tech equipment including 3D printers and scanners, and access to a virtualreality facility and discovering area to develop projects as part of theirschool curriculum.

BendigoTech School is one of 10 opening across the state, allowing students to workwith local industry on real-life challenges in a tertiary educationenvironment.

Pilotprograms will begin next term, including introductions to advancedmanufacturing, computer programming, internet and information systems, anddesign thinking.

VincentChrisp Architects have designed the new Tech School, which is being built byHutchinson Builders.

Thehigh-tech hands-on programs will be offered free to around 8,500 students fromthe 14 government, catholic and independent schools and are aligned withindustries predicted to experience economic and employment growth – helpingkids secure the jobs they need in the future.

TechSchools are part of the Labor Government’s plan to boost performance in STEMsubjects, including a 25 per cent increase in the number of Year 9 studentsreaching the highest level of achievement in mathematics and 33 per cent more15-year-olds reaching the highest levels in science.

Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino

“Ourkids need to be prepared for the jobs of the future – and that’s exactly whatour Tech Schools will deliver. Tech Schools will make STEM accessible andexciting, giving students practical experience and confidence.”

Quote attributable to Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan

“Ournew Tech School is a big win for local students who’ll get hands-on experiencewith high-tech equipment like 3D printers and scanners.”

Quote attributable to Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards

“The Bendigo Tech School will have direct links to localindustry, which will help drive employment pathways for students from all overour region.”

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