The new Ballarat Tech School has opened, giving students from 15 secondary schools in Ballarat access to the latest technology and innovative learning programs.
It is the third of 10 Tech Schools to open under the Andrews Labor Government’s $128 million Tech School initiative.
The new Ballarat Tech School includes an IT and virtual reality lab, along with project spaces dedicated to locally identified industry areas including health science, new energy technologies, food and fibre, advanced manufacturing and information technology.
Designed by Patrick Architects and built by Nicholson Construction, the Tech School is located in a newly refurbished building spanning over two levels at Federation University Australia’s SMB campus.
The high-tech hands-on programs will be offered free to more than 10,000 students from the 15 government, catholic and independent schools and are aligned with industries predicted to experience economic and employment growth/
Tech Schools will hopefully boost performance in STEM subjects, with a goal of realising a 25 per cent increase in the number of Year 9 students reaching the highest level of achievement in mathematics and 33 per cent more 15-year-olds reaching the highest levels in Science.
Minister for Education James Merlino said: “Our kids need to be prepared for the jobs of the future – and that’s exactly what our Tech Schools will deliver. Tech Schools will make STEM accessible and exciting, giving students practical experience and confidence.”
So much to do, so little time. It is a trite phrase, but when I found myself as the only DigiTech teacher in the school, it suddenly gained a lot more meaning.
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