More STEM equipment provided for tech schools

Monday, 15 November, 2021

More STEM equipment provided for tech schools

Tech schools in Victoria will receive more government funding for equipment that will assist with STEM learning.

Robots, benchtop milling machines and spectrometers are among the items that will help schools deliver innovative science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) programs.

Minister for Education James Merlino announced the state’s 10 tech schools will share in $4.18 million through the 2021–22 Tech School Equipment Renewal Fund, helping them invest in cutting-edge equipment to help secondary students build their skills in STEM — preparing them for the jobs of the future.

Monash Tech School will purchase an FTIR spectrometer — which is used in the space industry and medical research, and will allow students to analyse the composition of metals and alloys, geology samples, precious metals and gemstones, polymers and plastics, glass and ceramics.

A second benchtop milling machine at Whittlesea Tech School will ensure more students can see the creation of a product from start to finish during their schooling, supporting pathways to advanced manufacturing industries.

Yarra Ranges Tech School will purchase educational robots — enhancing students’ skills and experience in digital technologies, advanced manufacturing, and health care and social assistance. This will support artificial intelligence, self-driving cars and autonomous vehicles in the healthcare and farming sectors.

New Thermomix machines for Ballarat Tech School will double the capacity of their Bushfoods, Chocolate by Design and Future Food programs, giving students better hands-on learning opportunities through their Food and Fibre subject.

The state government invested $128 million to establish the state’s 10 tech schools, which give students the opportunity to work on real-world problems alongside industry and subject experts using the latest technology like virtual reality, robotics, 3D printers and other technologies.

The government has continued to invest in these education hubs to help students go from strength to strength and prepare for their future job market.

Equipment no longer required by tech schools is distributed to nearby secondary schools and TAFE providers to further support students’ education and advance their skills.

“We know our fastest-growing industries and occupations need advanced STEM skills — and our tech schools make sure Victorian students have access to the technology to build the skills they need in the jobs of the future,” said Minister for Education James Merlino.

“We’re proud to be supporting our future workforce by investing in the high-tech equipment that makes STEM so engaging, challenging students to tackle real-life problems.”

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