Program Partner

Our Tech School program development teams will collaborate with you to create tailored learning experiences that enable our secondary students to solve specific industry problems, get practical experience working within specific industries and visualise defined career pathways within STEM.

Core & Specialist Programs

Biotechnology in Focus Scientific Inquiry

In partnership with CSL Behring

This Specialist Program, created in partnership with CSL Behring, guided students through the process of designing their own scientific investigation to determine the antimicrobial properties of chosen extracts. As part of the pilot program, students were able to visit the CSL Behring facility and gain real-world insights into the biotech industry. The program focused on building career awareness of the rapidly growing biotech industry in Melbourne’s north and highlighting the importance of biotechnology in solving society’s biggest current and future challenges.

I never knew much about biotechnology… and I think it’s just like amazing. I just think it’s going to be the way of the future

Secondary Student

Educating students and becoming part of the education curriculum is really a great way to promote the opportunities and career and development that is open to students as they progress through their educational years.

Kathy Sacca

Director of Talent, CSL Behring

I really enjoyed this so I’m thinking about having a career in biotechnology in the future.

Secondary School Student

BioDiverse Cities

In partnership with Nillumbik Shire Council, Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research, Parks Victoria, Deakin University, SMEC Consultancy and Farmwall. 

This specialist program challenges students to rethink their relationship with the natural world, and to develop innovations that transform urban environments into sustainable, symbiotic systems that encourage biodiversity to flourish alongside people.

Future Transport our 2021 Inquiry Program

In partnership with North East Link

We welcomed experts from the North East Link Project and our Teacher Ambassadors to our online Inquiry Incubator. This was a hands-on session where alongside Tech School staff we ideated and workshopped a possible structure for our Future Transport Inquiry Program.

In a race against the clock, participants collaborated in real time via Miro (online whiteboard) to refine the program focus, formulate a design brief and come up with ideas for activities and resources.

Three fantastic program prototypes were pitched at the conclusion of the session, and we’re looking forward to building on the ideas presented and working with our industry partner – North East Link Project (NELP) – to develop an exciting and engaging program that will launch in Term 1, 2021.



In partnership with Costa Mushrooms

Costa Mushrooms, one of the largest mushroom suppliers in the country, has an ongoing problem with waste. The stalks, despite being nutritious, are discarded due to buyer requirements and the cost of cleaning. Costa Mushrooms has partnered with the Tech School to encourage student innovation in Melbourne’s north and challenge local young people to solve their waste problem by transforming mushroom stalks into a value-added product. The video tour, local issue and resources provided by this program partner have led to a very authentic learning experience for our students.

Design Challenges

Through our design challenges, students are guided through a number of Tech School innovation process stages before they get to come up with their own product idea and start prototyping.

Protective Moto Gear

In partnership with Institute for Frontier Materials

This program has been developed in partnership with Deakin University’s Institute for Frontier Materials (IFM). This program also features a number of community and industry partners including MotoFemmes, an industry revolutionising moto bike gear for women, and TAC. Macleod College attended a Master Class at IFM to undertake a series of abrasion tests on materials. The data collected will inform part of the scientific testing students will undertake while at the Tech School.

Entrepreneurial Programs

Student Start-Up

In partnership with Melbourne Innovation Centre

Through our partnership with the Melbourne Innovation Centre, we created our Student Start-Up Accelerator Program. This program provides students with the opportunity to work with industry experts and mentors to learn valuable skills in entrepreneurship, problem solving, design thinking, customer-centric design, business model development, data analysis and project execution. The available offerings through this partnership have now expanded, with a new free online introductory entrepreneurial program for high-ability students from across Victoria.

After-School Programs

Smart Cities

In partnership with The City of Whittlesea Council

In partnership with the City of Whittlesea council, we have developed a virtual multi-level Internet of Things (IoT) design course where students from Melbourne’s north have the opportunity to be involved in the exciting multi-council Smart Cities project. As part of this program, students will learn how to build and deploy real-world sensors as well as display and analyse sensor data. The data will then be used by the council to help solve local problems, such as flooding, local food production and stormwater pollution. This program will launch in early 2021 with both council technical experts and Tech School staff facilitating and mentoring students.

The Lab Online

In partnership with The Lab

The Lab is a national organisation of technology clubs for young people aged 10 to 18 with high-functioning autism. We partnered with them to run online and in-person sessions for our partner school students, providing The Lab with access to our facilities, tech, equipment and facilitation support. In return, participants are paired with Lab mentors who have technical expertise of a mutual interest, such as in programming, 3D and digital design, and gaming.

I just wanted to let you know that since starting at The Lab, my son has really increased in his confidence. He’s actually run a few coding sessions for other children at his school this term. Something I can’t imagine him having the confidence to do before he started at The Lab. When he ran his sessions he really modelled the behavior of your lab leaders with their patience and understanding. Thank you so much to everyone!

The Lab Attendee

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