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Upcoming events

    • 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.

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

    • 17 Oct 2022
    • 9:00 AM
    • 23 Oct 2022
    • 3:30 PM
    • Online


    When: Monday 17th - Sunday 23rd October 2022

    Where: In schools throughout Australia!

    How will you celebrate National Design & Technologies Week?



    Design and Technologies Week is a national celebration of all things D&T that takes place every year in schools throughout Australia. It's THE time to promote our fantastic learning area, showcasing the creative, innovative and challenging work your students are engaged in – to colleagues, principals, families and the wider community.

    The Design & Technologies Week website is filled with resources to help you engage your students - including design challenges, engineering activities, virtual tours, STEM projects industry podcasts and much, much more!

    Over the coming weeks, DATTA Australia will be adding brand new resources which you can use with your classes, including:

    • Speculative Design Challenges
    • Minecraft City Design Challenges
    • Virtual Tours with the Robin Boyd Foundation
    • Careers in Design & Engineering Tookits

    and much more!

    And for Victorian and Tasmanian schools, it's a great chance to organise an incursion to our wonderful partners!

    • Visit the NGV to explore the very best of their contemporary art and design collections
    • See the Mini Mega Model Museum at Melbourne Museum and marvel at the tiny worlds on show
    • Celebrate the work of Australia's most notable architect at the Robin Boyd Foundation
    • Take a trip to Design Tasmania in Launceston and see the work of the finest local makers 

    • Learn about Indigenous food and fibre on a walk through Millari Gardens at Melbourne Museum
    • Visit Tasmania's Sustainability Learning Centre, who offer a wide range of education programs for all ages
    • Your students will love Swarm, the latest exhibition at Science Gallery Melbourne, which explores human behaviour, connection and society
    • Take a trip to Sciencework's Think Ahead exhibition and see how technology will change how we live in the future.

    Please do register if your school is taking part - it's great for us to know how many students are participating, and we'll be keeping in touch to see how your school has been celebrating!

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

      • 18 Oct 2022
      • 4:00 PM
      • 2 Nov 2022
      • 6:00 PM
      • Online

      Fusion 360 for Education - Upskilling for Beginners (PL2240)

      When: 4pm - 6pm on;

      • Tuesday 18th October
      • Tuesday 25th October, and
      • Wednesday 2nd November

      Where: Online

      Presenter: Inspired Education


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

      This three-webinar program delivered by Inspired Education 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

        • 20 Oct 2022
        • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
        • Online


        When: Thursday 20th October, 4pm - 5pm

        Where: Online

        Presenter: Felicity McNamara and Anthony Gasson


        • $0 for members
        Only open to DATTA Vic members

          Laser Cutters are fantastic tools to have in the Design & Technologies classroom. Students can create their designs in a vector drawing package, send them to the machine via a printer driver and the laser system does the rest. Plus they are versatile and can be used with a wide range of materials, including wood, acrylic and fabric.

          But these machines are a big investment for a school, so at this Online Teach Meet, we've invited two experienced teachers to share everything you need to know about laser cutters!  They'll discuss their knowledge of suppliers, costs, installation, OH&S issues and maintenance, and share some of the classroom projects - in wood, plastic, textiles and in Systems Engineering - that they've delivered using their laser cutters.


          Felicity McNamara is the Product Design & Technology Leading Teacher at Carey Baptist Grammar

          Anthony Gasson is the Learning Technologist at Banyule Nillumbik Tech School

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

            • 26 Oct 2022
            • 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
            • Melbourne School of Design, The University of Melbourne


            When: Wednesday 26th October, 5pm - 7.30pm

            Where: Melbourne School of Design (MSD), Glyn Davis Building, University of Melbourne

              Only open to DATTA Vic members

                Join us for a very special members' evening at the University of Melbourne celebrating the power of emerging technologies to help us achieve our preferred futures.

                In the beautiful surrounds of the Japanese Room at Melbourne School of Design, you'll hear a keynote presentation by Professor Dan Hill, Director of the Melbourne School of Design. Professor Hill will speak about how MSD prepare their students to be the innovators of tomorrow.

                After participating in the AGM, our members will be given an exclusive tour of the MSD Maker Spaces, which include the Fab Lab, NExT Lab, Robotics Lab, Machine Workshop and Forbo Model Making Space. After that, we'll enjoy drinks on the terrace and catch up after two long years online!

                At The DATTA Vic AGM, you'll get to hear about the work we've been doing on behalf of our members over the past year. This meeting offers you the chance to have a say in the running of YOUR association.

                You can access the notice of meeting, agenda and nominations forms HERE.

                This is a free event for DATTA Vic members, but registration is essential. Can't wait to see you there!

                Thank you to Melbourne School of Design for their generous support for this event.

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

                  • 27 Oct 2022
                  • 4:00 PM
                  • 9 Dec 2022
                  • 5:00 PM
                  • Online



                  • Thursday 27th October, 9.30am - 4pm, Whittlesea Tech School
                  • Thursday 3rd November, 4pm - 6pm, online
                  • Thursday 17th November, 4pm - 6pm, online
                  • Friday 9th December, 9am - 3.30pm, Designing the Future conference, Banyule Nillumbik Tech School

                  Presenters: Peter Murphy


                  • $0 for members
                  • $0 for non-members
                  • $0 for students/CRT members

                  *Entry is via application. Please note places are strictly limited

                  APPLY HERE

                  In 2021, the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) introduced its Framework for the Assessment of Creative Thinking. This aims to help teachers "measure their students’ capacity to engage productively in the generation, evaluation and improvement of ideas that can result in original and effective solutions, advances in knowledge, and impactful expressions of imagination.” 

                  DATTA Vic has developed this Teaching Design & Creative Thinking Masterclass for primary teachers to help them innovate in the delivery of Design & Technologies and celebrate the opportunities this curriculum offers to make their students critical and creative thinkers, skilled at solving authentic problems. This program aims to inspire participants to take a new approach to Design-based Learning and consider how they can facilitate their own students’ creative thinking capabilities.  

                  The program includes a full-day, in person workshop at Whittlesea Tech School on the 27th October. There will then be two online sessions on the afternoons of the 3rd and 17th November. Participants will have their final session at the DATTA Vic annual conference, Designing the Future, on the 9th December, where they'll celebrate the outcomes of their design sprints with delegates - and get to attend the rest of the event at no cost.

                  Places are free but are strictly limited, and are via application. Click HERE to register - note applications close on October 7th.

                  Preference will be given to low SES and regional schools, however the information included in your personal statement will also be taken into account.

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

                    • 9 Dec 2022
                    • 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
                    • Banyule Nillumbik Tech School
                    • 45

                    designing the future conference

                    When: Dec 9th

                    Where: Banyule Nillumbik Tech School


                    • $290 for members
                    • $390 for non-members
                    • $90 for students/CRT members

                    DOWNLOAD THE PROGRAM

                    Designing the Future celebrates the power that design and engineering have to transform the future. Designers and engineers have the skills to turn products of the imagination into real-world innovation. Inventing tools, technologies, systems and environments for the betterment of humanity is a special task, and it’s our job as educators to prepare our students to take on this role.

                    The conference begins with an inspiring keynote presentation from Professor Sarah Bell, City of Melbourne Chair in Urban Resilience and Innovation (Pictured above left). Professor Bell will be discussing Co-Designing the Future with Local Communities, and exploring how we can better understand how people, technologies and nature interact to create urban systems.  We have a busy program of engaging workshops and seminars which offer opportunities to network, upskill and learn - from microcontrollers to millinery, and wearable tech to wrangling robots! 

                    Our trade exhibition allows you to catch up on the latest education resources and new technologies, and there will be plenty of time to network with fellow educators. Whichever sessions you attend, we’re certain you’ll return to school with novel ideas, new skills and fresh passion for engaging young people in Design & Technologies education.

                     Photo by Andy Kellyon Unsplash

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

                    Past events

                    1 Oct 2022 VCE Systems Engineering Exam Prep for Students - Online (PL2227)
                    19 Sep 2022 Success with Systems Engineering Masterclass (PL2246)
                    17 Sep 2022 VCE PD&T Exam Prep for Students - Online (PL2231)
                    8 Sep 2022 Online Teach Meet - Tech for Textiles – Using the Cricut in Design & Technologies (PL2238)
                    1 Sep 2022 STEM Upskilling Members' Incursion - Get Started with Arduino in Shepparton (PL2243)
                    30 Aug 2022 Solidworks in the Classroom Masterclass (PL2245)
                    25 Aug 2022 Online Teach Meet - Future-focused STEM (PL2239)
                    25 Aug 2022 STEM Upskilling Members' Incursion - Get Started with Arduino (PL2242)
                    17 Aug 2022 Online Teaching Design Masterclass, Term 3 (PL2238)
                    2 Aug 2022 Fusion 360 for Education - Upskilling for Beginners (PL2233)
                    1 Aug 2022 VCE PD&T Exam Prep for Teachers (PL2228)
                    28 Jul 2022 Getting Started with Arduino Teacher Masterclass (PL2234)
                    6 Jul 2022 Creative Futures Annual Design Workshop
                    21 Jun 2022 Innovation Through Design (PL2229)
                    2 Jun 2022 Drop-in Session for Station Ideation - Design & Technologies in Minecraft Challenge (PL2239)
                    31 May 2022 Assessment in Design & Technologies (PL2225)
                    26 May 2022 Online Teach Meet - VET Fashion Info Session/The New Senior School Certificate (PL2230)
                    19 May 2022 VCE PD&T Unit 2 Webinar (PL2219)
                    16 May 2022 Online Teach Meet - Indigenous Education in Design & Technologies (PL2222)
                    12 May 2022 VCE PD&T SAT Criteria & Related Exam Questions (PL2206)
                    10 May 2022 VCE Systems Engineering Unit 2 Webinar (PL2216)
                    3 May 2022 VCE Systems Engineering Unit 4 Webinar (PL2215)
                    2 May 2022 VCE PD&T Unit 4 Webinar (PL2218)
                    2 May 2022 Drop-in Session for Station Ideation - Design & Technologies in Minecraft Challenge (PL2226)

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