New Tech School brings new skills to Whittlesea


Whittlesea Tech School is now open, giving students in Melbourne's north a head start on thinking and creating for the future.  

About 10,500 students from 14 partner secondary schools in the City of Whittlesea will access the new Tech School, which is based at Melbourne Polytechnic's Epping campus.

Whittlesea Tech School provides a highly flexible learning environment that includes spaces for design, collaboration and problem solving. These spaces provide students with hands-on experience using specialised high-tech STEM equipment.

Whittlesea Secondary College student Corbin Jenkins is participating in an electronic music composition workshop with Tech School partner Melbourne Electronic Sound Studio. He is exploring music composition using equipment at Whittlesea Tech School.

'I've enjoyed working with my friends to use synthesizers,' Corbin says. 'Usually you don't get to do this kind of thing (at school). So it's very interesting and fun.'

The music project introduces students to electronics through using synthesisers, sequencers and amplification equipment. By making music together, the students also develop teamwork, collaboration and coordination skills.

Corbin (left) uses a synthesizer at Tech School

Corbin (left) uses a synthesizer at Tech School

Tech Schools are centres of STEM excellence that engage students from neighbouring schools in a high-tech learning environment.

They work as a link between schools and industry and challenge students to solve real-world problems.

Tech School programs connect students with their future — matching their skills with future jobs.  

This article originally appeared on the Victoria State Government website in October 2018.