Inquiry programs are designed with young people to engage in different concepts or challenges facing our local & global communities. Typically this inquiry focus will evolve every 6 months. Design challenges provide young people with the opportunity to work through the design process to create novel or improved designs for existing products.

War on waste

In this inquiry we tackle the large & complex global issue of waste.  With automation & modern farming there is a greater variety & abundance of food available to the consumer. However our throwaway culture has created a rubbish problem that now pollutes every corner of the world. In this inquiry, we will observe & interact with a range of people in order to understand diverse experiences & motivations to gain a deeper personal understanding of the issues, needs & challenges involved in food & food packaging waste. Through their insights participants will develop a real world solution to take action on this issue.

Duration: 3 days (consecutive)
Dates: Mon – Wed 2018
Registration: Skylie Massingham 0432290119 Skyliemassingham@melbournepolytechnic.edu.au

Lamp design challenge

Brief: to help children aged 4-11 discover the love of reading by designing & creating a unique bedside lamp.

Duration: 2 days (consecutive)
Dates: Wed & Thurs, 2018
Registration: Skylie Massingham 0432290119 Skyliemassingham@melbournepolytechnic.edu.au

   
Event-based learning is a part of our ongoing experience at the Tech School. It provides a sustained context through which young people can connect to knowledge in practice & demonstrate their skills. Supporting the next generation of inventors & entrepreneurs to realise their potential.

Tech Schools Maker Faire

A fantastic opportunity for our young people to showcase their creations & skills with local primary school students & the community.

Duration: 1 day
Dates: 27 November, 2018
Registration: Skylie Massingham 0432290119 Skyliemassingham@melbournepolytechnic.edu.au

Designed by students for students, the Tech Schools Maker Faire is all about getting involved, learning new skills & becoming inspired. It provides an opportunity for our young people to demonstrate the skills that they have & share those skills with younger students from local primary schools.

Partner Secondary Schools are invited to register activities to be run by students from their school.

2019 Student Start-Up

Young people will be supported through the program with the Melbourne Innovation Centre & the Tech School.
Young people will receive: Seed Funding, a mentor, access to a co-working space, business model design guidance & invitations to presentation & public pitch events.

Duration: 5 day program over 5 consecutive weeks
Dates: Dates TBC for 2019 intake
Places available: Groups or individual applications
Expression of Interest: https://studentstartup.org.au/