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Design Thinking and Making with Victorian schools: A discussion with the FAB9 Makerspace

  • 19 Aug 2020
  • 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
  • Online webinar: joining details after registration
  • 228

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This session brings together voices from the Victorian school subject associations for Design and Technology (DATTA Vic) and Digital Technologies (DLTV) with staff from Footscray makerspace FAB9.

DATTA Vic and DLTV will discuss how Design Thinking and Making connects with each of our Learning Areas.

FAB9 seeks to better serve Victorian teachers in the area of makerspaces and the use of old and new technologies for design projects. They will provide a virtual tour of their facility, as well as discuss the current state of the maker movement and its intersection with schools. FAB9 is a 900m2 multidisciplinary workshop housing digital technology alongside traditional tools and machinery. FAB9 welcomes members of all making disciplines to design, experiment and prototype, and offers maker education of all skill levels.


    Who Should Attend?

    • Teachers and learning leaders in Design and Technology, Digital Technologies and STEM subjects.
    • School makerspaces and workshops.


    About the presenters

    Michelle Thomas is the General Manager at FAB9 Makerspace. Michelle studied Furniture Design and Making at The Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design at the London Metropolitan University, before designing and producing bespoke work for clients including Penguin Books, The London Design Museum, The Barbican and UK retail chain Oliver Bonas.

    Michelle joined the FAB9 team in April 2019 slightly prior to launch in June of that year.



    Peter Murphy is the STEM Leading Teacher at Northcote High School, where he has worked as Lead Teacher for assessment, feedback and reporting; taught Years 7-10 Design and Technology and VCE Product Design and Technology; developed the Design and Technology Curriculum 7-12, and developed STEM electives in collaboration with the Science, Maths and Technology faculties.

    Peter is a past president of DATTA Vic and current President of the Design and Technology Teachers Association (DATTA) Australia. He was also employed by the VCAA as one of the writers for the current VCE Product Design and Technology Study Design and has worked with ACARA on Australian Technologies Curriculum and STEM initiatives.


    Nathan Alison taught Digital Technologies, VCE Computing and Software Development in Victoria for 11 years before beginning work for DLTV. He brings a background in Computer Systems Engineering and years of hobby coding, as well as a keen desire to help teachers with more complex Computer Science concepts through clear explanations and relevant activities.



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