Wyndham Tech School to provide Victorian students access to latest technology and learning programs
An announcement made by the Victoria Government highlighted the official opening of Wyndham Tech School which will provide 13,000 students from 18 secondary government, Catholic, and independent schools free access to high-tech hands-on programs and audio visual and virtual reality facilities.
Latest technology and innovative learning programs will be made available to students from 18 secondary schools in Wyndham because of the efforts of the Victorian Government.
Wyndham Tech School is the fifth of 10 Tech Schools to open under the A$128 million Tech School initiative of the Victorian Government. In attendance during its official opening were Minister for Education James Merlino joined by Member for Werribee Tim Pallas, Member for Altona Jill Hennessy and Member for Tarneit Telmo Languiller.
Students will be able to use audio visual and virtual reality facilities and high-tech STEM equipment to experiment and develop projects, and design wearable technology in the purpose-built lab.
Pilot programs are developed in consultation with schools and industry partners. The school will be open to students from Term 3.
The Tech School is located at Victoria University’s Werribee Campus. It was designed by Gray Puksand Architects and built by Harris HMC.
13,000 students from the 18 government, Catholic, and independent schools across Wyndham will be offered high-tech hands-on programs for free. These programs are aligned with industries predicted to experience economic and employment growth thereby reassuring the kids that they are able to secure the jobs they need in the future.
Tech Schools are in line with the government’s plan to boost performance in STEM subjects. Their goal is to achieve a 25% increase in the number of Year 9 students reaching the highest level of achievement in mathematics at the same time expecting an increase of 33% in the number of 15-year-olds reaching the highest levels in science.
Minister for Education James Merlino said, “We need students to be ready for the jobs of the future and that’s why we’re investing in Tech Schools so they can get the hands-on learning with technology they need.”
He added, “The Wyndham Tech School will form an important link between our schools, TAFEs, universities and industry.”
Member for Werribee Mr Tim Pallas said, “The Tech School will be a vibrant new education hub that gives local students the opportunity to solve real-world problems in a real-world context while they are still at secondary school.”
Member for Altona Ms Jill Hennessy said, “Tech Schools will make STEM accessible and exciting, giving students the practical experience and confidence they need for the jobs of the future.”
Member for Tarneit Mr Telmo Languiller said, “The new Tech School is a true community achievement that will focus on delivering cutting-edge high-tech learning to students from 18 secondary schools in Wyndham.”
An earlier announcement highlighted the scheduled opening of another Tech School in Victoria, the Bendigo Tech School, which is scheduled later in the year. Both Wyndham Tech School in Bendigo Tech School belong to the A$128 million investment by the Victoria Government to deliver tech schools across the state.