Inquiry & 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.
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.
In partnership with Nillumbik Shire Council.
This three day Open Inquiry 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.
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.