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Upcoming events

    • 6 Jul 2022
    • 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Melbourne Museum

    Creative Futures Annual Design Workshop

    Free professional learning on using museum collections and design thinking practices to enrich schools based design education.

    When: Wednesday 6th July,  9.30am - 4.30pm

    Where: Melbourne Museum

    Cost: $0 for members


    This one day, free intensive for years 7-10 Design & Technologies teachers nurtures excellence in design education in Victoria.

    Supported by Creative Futures Ltd this special workshop is free for teachers and jointly facilitated by Museums Victoria Education and DATTA Vic. 

    Teachers will explore the world of the museum, from prehistoric animals through to contemporary stories of First Nations connections to the land, and work together to discover new ways to deliver the Design & Technologies curriculum in their own classrooms, inspiring their students to design for the future while learning from the past.

    Places are strictly limited - to register, visit the Museums Victoria website HERE.

      • 28 Jul 2022
      • 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
      • Whittlesea Tech School

      Getting Started with Arduino Teacher Masterclass (PL2234)

      When: 9.30am - 4pm, Thursday 28th July

      Where: Whittlesea Tech School, Epping

      Presenter: Pat McMahon


      • $99 for members
      • $199 for non-members
      • $59 for students/CRT members

      This hands-on masterclass will introduce participants to Arduino – an open-source electronics platform, where single-board microcontrollers and kits are used to build digital devices. Pat McMahon will take you through a range of projects, including LEDs, push-button switches, sounders, potentiometers, and ultra-sonic sensors. You’ll discuss the applications for this technology in the classroom and identify new ways to engage your students in STEM.


      Morning tea and lunch are provided.

      Places are limited - apply early to ensure your spot

      Presenter bio:

      After 50 years of teaching, Pat McMahon has retired, but remains committed to helping Technologies teachers achieve excellence in the classroom. Throughout his career, he has helped over 3,000 students build microcontroller projects, and has run workshops for over 1000 teachers. Pat has been fortunate to have shown his students work overseas and has received various International, Australian State and Territory awards. In 2018, he was awarded an Honorary Lifetime Membership of DATTA Vic in recognition for his outstanding service to the Technologies learning area.

      Thanks to Whittlesea Tech School for hosting this event.

      Thanks to the Department of Education & Training for their support for this event through their Strategic Partnership Program

        • 1 Aug 2022
        • 4:00 PM
        • 8 Aug 2022
        • 6:00 PM
        • Online

        VCE PD&T Exam Prep for Teachers (PL2228)

        When: 4pm - 5.30pm on;

        • Monday 1st August and
        • Monday 8th August

        Where: Online

        Presenter: Jacinta O'Leary


        • $75 for members
        • $150 for non-members
        • $45 for students/CRT members

        This two-part webinar is for teachers who want to prepare their VCE class for the end of year exam. It will be led by experienced educator and author Jacinta O'Leary, who will discuss essential knowledge, explore common errors, offer hints and tips for exam success and share a wide range of invaluable student resources.

        Thanks to the Department of Education & Training for their support for this event through their Strategic Partnership Program

          • 2 Aug 2022
          • 4:00 PM
          • 16 Aug 2022
          • 6:00 PM
          • Online

          Fusion 360 for Education - Upskilling for Beginners (PL2233)

          When: 4pm - 6pm on;

          • Tuesday 2nd August, 
          • Tuesday 9th August, and
          • Tuesday 16th August

          Where: Online

          Presenter: Inspired Education


          • $149 for members
          • $249 for non-members
          • $79 for students/CRT members

          This three-webinar program offers teachers a practical, hands-on introduction to using Fusion 360 in the classroom. It is designed for educators who are at beginner - intermediate level with this CAD program.

          Fusion 360 is an Autodesk cloud-based 3D modelling, CAD, CAM, CAE, and PCB software platform for product design and manufacturing. It is used for 3D design & modelling, manufacturing, electronics, simulation, generative design, and more. Therefore, is the perfect tool for the classroom for aligning, equipping and empowering your student’s with relevant industry tools.

          Learning outcomes:


          • Fusion360 knowledge
          • Software Capabilities
          • Software User Interfaces
          • Setting up to use in the classroom

          Skills & Application for teachers:

          • Learn through play! (task-based activities)
          • Hands on design exercises with a digital conversion
          • Navigating in the software
          • Learning how to use the workspace
          • Exploring the key tools for classroom implementation
          • 3D modelling and task-based activity suitable for classrooms
          • Harnessing the foundational tools
          • Exporting your work for difference devices, formats and manufacturing capabilities for lo-fi or hi-fi prototyping


          • Q&A Session with trainers
          • On-going industry email support
          • Ready to use digital resources
          • All presentation content shared digitally

          Note this program has limited places so book early to ensure you spot.

          Thanks to the Department of Education & Training for their support for this event through their Strategic Partnership Program

            • 10 Aug 2022
            • 9:30 AM
            • 14 Nov 2022
            • 4:00 PM
            • Templestowe College and Online


            When & Where: 

            • Session 1:  9.30am - 4pm, 10 August, Templestowe College
            • Session 2:  4pm - 6pm, 30 August, Online
            • Session 3: 4pm - 6pm, 13 September, Online
            • Session 4: 9.30am - 4pm, 13 October, Templestowe College
            • Session 5: VEX Tournament, 14 November, Venue TBC

            Presenter:  Travis Burroughs

            Cost: FREE - Only open to DATTA Vic Members

            Interested teachers should apply. Applications close 27th July.  we'll announce the successful applicants on the 29th July

            DATTA Vic has received support from the Google Educator Grant to deliver a FREE STEM professional learning program for our members in Semester 2, 2022. 

            The aim with the program is to support teachers to explicitly address the Victorian STEM-related curricula – particularly Mathematics and Design and Technologies – through a school VEX robotics program

            This project will show how robots can provide the "hook" that enables students to connect with STEM by applying their skills to a real-world setting. 

            Each participating school will be given a vision sensor kit so they can use robotics as an engaging way to explore mathematical and scientific concepts. This kit will be theirs to keep and use for future robotics programs. Note this program will be free for successful applicants. 

            Our funding is based on the program supporting low-SES schools in Victoria who have already shown interest in VEX robotics and would have the capacity to participate. 

            The criteria are: 

            • The school or individual teacher must have a current DATTA Vic membership 
            • The school should already have any of the following VEX programs:  
            • VEX IQ gen 1  
            • VEX IQ gen 2   
            • VEX V5   
            • Teachers can commit to attending: 
            • A full day hands-on workshop at Templestowe College in August  
            • 2 online, after-school sessions   
            • A full day hands-on workshop at Templestowe College in October  
            • A VEX tournament in November*  

            *Schools will be eligible for a $65 grant towards travel to attend the tournament 

            There are limited places available - apply early. 

            Thanks to Google for their invaluable support for this program through their 2022 Educator Grants.

            • 17 Aug 2022
            • 4:00 PM
            • 14 Sep 2022
            • 6:00 PM
            • Online

            Online Teaching Design Masterclass (PL2224)