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, Tue, Wed – weekly,
commencing Week 2, Term 3
Registration: Skylie Massingham 0432290119

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,
commencing Week 2, Term 3
Registration: Skylie Massingham 0432290119

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.

XX Factor – Women’s Market & Greensborough Community fair

In celebration of the incredible women entrepreneurs and small business owners in our community:

Duration: 1 day
Date: Sunday August 26, 2018
Time: 8am – 1pm
Location: Melbourne Polytechnic
Greensborough – Civic Drive
Fee: $10 per stall – Proceeds supporting
the next generation of STEAM
entrepreneurs through the Banyule
Nillumbik Tech School and
NorthSTEM Network
Stalls: Art. Craft. Retro. Vintage. Antique.
Collectible. Edible.
Registration: Book here

We are proud to invite students, artists, musicians, jewellers, cooks, baristas, bakers and other entrepreneurial creatives to sell and showcase their wares at the first ever Women’s Market at Melbourne Polytechnic’s Greensborough Campus.

Anyone is welcome to run a stall on the day. Join us for live music, roving entertainment, great food and coffee while you sell your products!

Each vendor will be provided a table cloth, trestle table and one chair. Additional requests ie) for power options can be made on your application.

Confirmation of your place will be sent via email.

A location map and bump in details will be provided post confirmation.

Free all day parking on site.

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: Week 8, term 4, 2018
Registration: Skylie Massingham 0432290119

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.

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: Week 4 – Week 8, Term 3 2018
Places available: Groups or individual applications
Expression of Interest: 


Biotechnology in focus

Biotechnology is a leading future industry critical to growing challenges of liveability & population growth. This program will support Melbourne’s future prosperity by encouraging our younger citizens to perceive & realize opportunities within the biotech sector, learning valuable skills & the relevance of STEM education through authentic engagement with industry.

Duration: A series of engagements across the school term for
Years 7 & 8 (to be scaled up in 2019).
Dates: Term 3, 2018.

Biotechnology Industry tours
School based scientific inquiry
BioTech Design Challenge

To develop an understanding of how biotechnology will meet the opportunities & challenges facing our society.
To promote awareness of the biotechnology industry & associated educational pathways, as an attractive career for all students.
To provide authentic learning experiences to connect the classroom with industry.
To develop skillsets and mindsets through scientific inquiry & the Tech School’s design process.

Koorie voices: an interactive installation

Developed by local Koorie Elders & young people in partnership with the Banyule Nillumbik & Whittlesea Tech Schools, this project involves the building of two ‘wired for sound’ installation works: a Coolamon (an Aboriginal carrying vessel) & a Message Stick (an etched piece of wood used for traditional Aboriginal communications). The wooden installations will be inlaid with resin-encased objects of significance to local Koorie people. When touched, the objects will trigger spoken stories connected to the objects.

Duration: Ongoing program
Dates: In progress

To explore & develop local Koorie young people’s sense of Aboriginal identity, through interaction with Elders.
To deploy digital technologies to share Aboriginal stories in new ways.
To develop the technology skills of all partners.
To develop living, evolving Tech School partnerships with local Koorie people.

Key Outputs:
Message Stick & coolamon installation artworks, to be exhibited at the Banyule Nillumbik & Whittlesea Tech Schools.
Ongoing partnership with local Koorie community, with scope for further development of project.