Science and Technology

First tech school opens in Yarra Ranges

Around 12,000 Victorian students will soon be using the latest technology, including robotics and virtual reality, as part of their everyday education.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews, Victorian Minister for Education James Merlino, Member for Eastern Victoria Daniel Mulino, and Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region Shaun Leane visited the Yarra Ranges Tech School to officially open the groundbreaking new facility.

The former Swinburne Lilydale campus had its doors padlocked in July 2013. The Lilydale campus was saved, reopened, and is now run by Box Hill Institute.

The Yarra Ranges site is one of ten new Tech Schools being built under the Victorian Government’s $128 million Tech Schools Initiative, which uses new technology to deliver advanced education and training in science, engineering, and maths.

Led by Director, Danny Tay, the Yarra Ranges Tech School includes 20 partner schools and has a local focus on precision manufacturing, digital technologies including medical robotics, sustainability and renewables, food, fibre, and biotechnology.

With advice from local industries, students will find real-life solutions to real-life problems using the latest technologies including robotics, virtual reality, 3-D printing, and a simulation room.

It is part of the Victorian Government’s plan to boost performance in STEM subjects, including a 25 per cent increase in the number of year nine students reaching the highest level of achievement in maths, and 33 per cent more 15-year-olds reaching the highest levels in science.

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