October 26, 2017
by Jillian Brown
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Term Four – ICT Planning Workshops

These full-day workshops walk school leaders and staff through the process of developing a long-term school ICT Plan that:

  • address the learning and teaching goals of the school
  • develop a sustainable ICT plan that meets the needs of the school community
  • ensure a coherent team approach to ICT planning involving school leaders, ICT  co-ordinators, curriculum co-ordinators and technical support staff.

The ICT Planning tool can be accessed via https://www.edustar.vic.edu.au/SIPS (Department credentials required to login).

Flemington: Friday 17th November 2017
Venue: Debney Meadows Primary School
Booking Link: Register here

Blackburn South: Wednesday 22nd November 2017
Venue: Aurora School
Booking Link: Register here

Ballarat: Friday 24th November 2017
Venue: Ballarat Regional Office
Booking Link: Register here

Berwick: Wednesday 29th November 2017
Venue: Jean Russell Centre Nossal High School
Booking Link: Register here

Blackburn South: Friday 8th December 2017
Venue: Aurora School
Booking Link: Register here

Flemington: Friday 8th December 2017
Venue:
Debney Meadows Primary School
Booking Link:
Register here

 

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October 26, 2017
by Jillian Brown
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SOLO Taxonomy in the Classroom

Pam Hook is Back!

Register now: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/solo-taxonomy-in-the-classroom-october-30th-november-1st-2017-tickets-38069151858

Monday 30 October: Grovedale West Primary School, 85 Heyers Rd, Grovedale

Tuesday 31 October: Pakenham Hills Primary School, 15 Kennedy Rd Pakenham

Wednesday 1 November: Windsor Hotel, Spring St Melbourne

SOLO Taxonomy

The SOLO Taxomomy (Biggs & Collis 1982) has provided a valuable vehicle to identify and support deep learning opportunities in many NPDL schools. It has shown the relationship between surface and deep learning and the importance of scaffolding learning for both.

This workshop aims to provide schools with further tools, ideas and practical strategies to help teachers plan and implement the SOLO taxonomy in their classrooms.

Pam Hook is one of the leading advocates for the SOLO taxonomy and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to share.

Register now: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/solo-taxonomy-in-the-classroom-october-30th-november-1st-2017-tickets-38069151858

About Pam Hook

Pam Hook is an experienced consultant in learning and teaching. She uses an innovative classroom based approach to SOLO Taxonomy to help schools in New Zealand, Australia and the UK introduce a common language of learning, and design thinking curricula, to help students learn to learn. Over the past 12 years she has built and supported an extensive global community of educational practitioners using SOLO Taxonomy with their students.

An educational writer and edublogger, Pam has written many publications. She also writes curriculum resources for business and government departments, and advises on the pedagogical design of curriculum materials, interactive games and other (e) learning initiatives. She is well known for her blog Artichoke where she has been reflecting on teaching and learning since 2004, and for her ability to build collaborative online networks with educators using wikis, and other social media such as Twitter .

Between 2003 and 2012 Pam directed and facilitated six different Ministry of Education ICT Professional Development cluster contracts working with over 30 primary and secondary schools implementing the classroom based use of SOLO Taxonomy in (e) learning. She was Programme Director and facilitator for the Ministry of Education Talent Development Initiative The Gifted Edge providing professional development in gifted and talented education to schools across New Zealand.

An engaging and verve filled presenter, Pam is regularly invited to speak at national conferences. Her innovative yet highly practical presentations provoke a rethinking of the conditions of value in teaching and learning.

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October 25, 2017
by Jillian Brown
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VCAA – Professional learning opportunities and resources

Critical and Creative Thinking – a unique opportunity

Date: Wednesday 1 November
Venue: The Windsor Hotel, Spring Street, Melbourne
Register online for morning session: (8.30am registration) 9.00am–12.00pm
Register online for afternoon session: (12.30pm registration) 1.00–4.00pm

Before registering, you are encouraged to read the Collection Notice.

 

Are you interested in being challenged by an international expert and specialist classroom teachers in an interactive Critical and Creative Thinking workshop?

The VCAA brings together Professor Bill Lucas from the University of Winchester and the Critical and Creative Thinking Specialist Teachers to offer a challenging interactive workshop. In this unique three-hour session you will traverse the research evidence, the Victorian Curriculum F–10: Critical and Creative Thinking and classroom practices. This workshop is free to attend, and available to all sectors.

The workshop will be offered twice on Wednesday 1 November, so pick the time that suits you best and register online. This workshop is for teachers only, and is suitable for primary and secondary teachers.


Now online – professional learning sessions

Term 4 sessions now available

A new series of professional learning sessions are now available. Starting 24 October, they will cover a wide range of topics for primary and secondary teachers, including curriculum planning and indicative progress.

Language teachers will be interested in the sessions on Wednesday 25 October and Thursday 26 October on assessment practices and new resources for Victorian Curriculum Languages.

You can find the complete series of sessions on the VCAA’s professional learning page.

Before registering, you are encouraged to read the Collection Notice.


Accessing curriculum resources

The VCAA is progressively releasing a range of new resources to support teachers with implementing the Victorian Curriculum.

These resources include curriculum planning templates, example units of work, a sample program, assessment strategies and new indicative progress examples.

New resources in Digital Technologies, Civics and CitizenshipRespectful RelationshipsMathematics, and Languages are now available.

Before registering, you are encouraged to read the Collection Notice.


Specialist Teachers to facilitate an extensive range of workshops in Term 4

The VCAA is offering an extensive program of professional learning workshops for teachers using the Victorian Curriculum F–10 to develop teaching and learning programs. These sessions are facilitated by VCAA Specialist Teachers who focus on the Victorian Curriculum F–10, providing teachers with peer-to-peer learning experiences.

Sessions can be accessed by teachers as:

  • online professional learning workshops
  • face-to-face professional learning workshops (half and full days)
  • face-to-face or online learning organised in response to support from networks and clusters of schools.

For more information, including session dates and times, details of how to register, and how networks and clusters of schools can request support, please visit the Statewide Professional Learning Sessions webpage.

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October 18, 2017
by Jillian Brown
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Cyber Victoria Schools Challenge

August 17- November 17, 2017

Are you up to the CHALLENGE of creating the VICTORIAN CYBER GENERATION? 

Minister Dalidakis, Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade, recently announced a ‘Call to Action’ for all Victorian schools and tertiary institutions to register students and complete the Cyber Security Experience. The Victorian Government will award the Victorian schools and tertiary institutions with the highest rate of participation.

Student and teachers can get involved, win prizes and importantly build their confidence with Cyber security skills linked to innovation and technology.

Go to the Cyber Victoria Schools Challenge www.dayofstem.com.au/cybervic.html and sign up today to be part of this important initiative offering teachers online free professional development and students’ new understanding and skills in Cyber.

Excited about the Victoria Schools Challenge and want your school involved?
Renee Hoareau, an education specialist, can assist schools with in-class, co-curricular activities, professional learning or online support. Contact Renee at renee@lifejourney.us

 


Get involved in the Cyber Victoria Schools Challenge Webinar

Thursday 19 October 4:00pm to 5:00pm 
Presenter: Renee Hoareau
Adobe Connect session https://connect.vic.edu.au/cybervicschoolschallenge/

Register NOW at https://goo.gl/xqv2eQ

The Minister for Innovation, Small Business and Trade, the Hon Phillip Dalidakis has a Call to Action to all Victorian schools to participate in the Cyber Victoria Schools Challenge. Renee Hoareau will introduce the Challenge and how schools can enrich their STEM curriculum.
Learn:

  • what, why and how of the 2017 Cyber Victoria Schools Challenge to get your school involved
  • how students participate, what students learn
  • about the free teacher resources
  • how teachers can access free online professional learning gaining a certificate in the Fundamentals of Cyber
  • how to win student and teacher awards prizes

Cyber Victoria Schools Challenge – Optus Cyber Security Experience Webinar

Tuesday 24 October 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Presenter: Renee Hoareau
Adobe Connect session https://connect.vic.edu.au/cybervicschoolschallenge2/

Register NOW at https://goo.gl/83vvrg

The Optus Cyber Security Challenge is the main learning activity for students and teachers in the Cyber Victoria Schools Challenge. Renee will introduce student and teacher components of the Day of STEM Program 4.

  • Students
    Learn about me
    Build a Cyber Resume
    Explore Cyber Security mentor journeys
    Field Trips
    Beyond the Optus Cyber Security Experience
  • Teachers
    Teacher Dashboard
    Teacher’s student experience of the Optus Cyber Security Experience
    Student Challenges
    Explore Cyber Security mentors journeys
    Steve Morrill, Cyber Teacher Mentor journey
    Field Trips
    Cyber Teacher
    Cyber teaching resources and links to interdisciplinary learning activities
    CompTIA fundamentals in Cyber online course
    STEM enrichment activities using Cyber as a theme

 

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October 16, 2017
by Jillian Brown
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Carrum PS DigiTech Conference 2017

Carrum PS Digitech Conference 2017:  ‘A Student Showcase’
Thursday 9th November 
Carrum Primary School, Walkers Road, Carrum Victoria.

The Digitech Conference 2017 will be a day of dynamic exploration and discovery for students and teachers.
Digitech Conference 2017 is a FREE event for schools, developed by the Northern Peninsula Digital Technology Teachers Network.

This Conference is designed as an interactive program for students and teachers.

Students and Teachers will:

  • Discover and Experience Microsoft HoloLens with Trent Ray (Microsoft Learning Consultant)
  • Explore self-guided game making with Code Camp
  • Experience ‘hands on’ activities using a wide selection of Robotics and 3D Printers supplied by Modern Teaching Aids
  • Experience ‘hands on’ action in a variety of workshops conducted by Students, showcasing great Digitech activities. Workshop sessions include: Mindstorms EV3 programming, Scratch Gaming Arcade, Sphero Programming, mBot Programming, RoboCup Junior (robot dancing), Blue-Bots (programming by Prep Students), Micro: bit programming, Raspberry Pi demonstrations, Augmented Reality with Aurasma, App Making with Code.Org, Explain Everything App creation, Restart Project: re-cycling RC Cars & Laptops, Create Virtual School Tours with Google My Maps, Drone programming, Touch Cast (video making with Green Screen), LittleBits electronic experiments, and many more!

To register your school for the Conference, please email: digitechconference@carrumps.vic.edu.au

Please include your school name, names of teachers and students who would like to attend.

General Information:

  • Conference Registration is between 8.50am – 9.15am
  • Conference Program will run from 9.15am – 2.45pm
  • Students and staff to BYO lunch and snacks

For more information, please contact Marcus Mulcahy at Carrum Primary School on mulcahy.marcus.j@edumail.vc.gov.au or phone 9772 1117.

 

 

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October 13, 2017
by Jillian Brown
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Education in Games Summit

Make digital a cornerstone of your classroom practice

Join expert educators at ACMI for the Education in Games Summit 2017
27 October 2017

Tickets are selling fast so, don’t miss out.

Book now for #EiGS17

 

The summit: $150 per participant

Early birds: First 50 tickets sold also receive a day pass to PAX on Saturday 28 October

Special: Bring 4 teachers for the price of 3 – $450

Bookings:  http://tickets.acmi.net.au/auxiliary/PSDetail.aspx?psn=31387&promo=screeneducationonline

The Education in Games Summit (#EiGS17) showcases best practice implementation of games and their positive impact on student learning. Exploring, understanding, critiquing and making games provides students powerful skills and capabilities to take them into the future. The summit aims to empower teachers to inspire students to navigate and develop greater learning challenges.

Keynote speaker Eric Jordan (CEO of Codename Entertainment)  kicks off the day demonstrating how profoundly applicable game development skills are right across the modern jobs market. He’ll be followed by a program of practical sessions and talks. For the full program click on https://www.acmi.net.au/eigs17

#EiGS17 is created by ACMI, Creative Victoria and the Department of Education and Training, as part of Melbourne International Games Week alongside a range of activities highlighting and advancing Melbourne’s vibrant video games culture and its internationally renowned games development industry.

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October 11, 2017
by Jillian Brown
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Secondary School Software Suite

The Department is currently updating its eduSTAR Secondary School Software Suite to provide Victorian government secondary schools with comprehensive, up-to-date digital tools and software to support the implementation of the Victorian Curriculum and achievement of Education State targets.

During Term 3, 2017, Victorian government secondary schools were provided with access to 20 seats (licences) of the latest version of Sibelius. These are perpetual licences (do not expire) with one year of upgrades and support provided.

Sibelius 
Sibelius is considered one of the world’s foremost music composition teaching resources. It leads the market in overall software functionality and support infrastructure. Music teachers who incorporate Sibelius into their lessons are able to demonstrate music theory and composition concepts, and students are able to create their own pieces of music while developing their understanding of these concepts.

This software can be used to support the implementation of Victorian Curriculum: Arts – Music.

Sibelius software is required for creating and submitting an assessment for VCE Music Performance – Unit 2. Key skills that the unit teaches for composition is to input and edit work using digital technologies, software and equipment and for improvisation it is to record and edit the improvised performance using digital technologies, software and equipment.

Sibelius Professional Development Session Dates
*To register for an event, please email ben@futuremusic.com.au with the name of your school, the session you are attending and the name of staff attending.
*Please note:  
There is no cost involved to register and we can allow for up to 3 members of staff from each school to attend.

Sibelius Basics – Getting Started The Right Way
Monday 23rd October
Darebin Arts & Entertainment Centre – 4pm to 6.30pm

What To Bring

  • Your laptop with Sibelius installed
  • Headphones
  • IMPORTANT: a full-sized computer keyboard which has a numeric keypad on the right side AND a mouse to plug into your laptop.  If you don’t already have a keyboard and mouse, please buy/borrow/beg/steal them (!) for the duration of this workshop.  It is imperative have these for the efficient use of Sibelius

 

Sibelius Basics – Getting Started The Right Way
Wednesday 29th November
Mercure Ballarat Hotel and Convention Centre – 4pm to 6.30pm

What To Bring

  • Your laptop with Sibelius installed
  • Headphones
  • IMPORTANT: a full-sized computer keyboard which has a numeric keypad on the right side AND a mouse to plug into your laptop.  If you don’t already have a keyboard and mouse, please buy/borrow/beg/steal them (!) for the duration of this workshop.  It is imperative have these for the efficient use of Sibelius.


Meet the presenter: Katie Wardrobe, Midnight Music

Katie Wardrobe is a music technology trainer, consultant, blogger and podcaster who is passionate about helping music teachers through her business Midnight Music (www.midnightmusic.com.au). She runs hands-on workshops, presents regularly at conferences and she offers online training and support to music teachers all over the world through her music technology professional development community – the Midnight Music Community. Katie is also the host of the Music Tech Teacher podcast.

 

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September 21, 2017
by Jillian Brown
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#MissMakesCode Teacher & Teacher Librarian Training

After the success of Gary Stager’s recent visit to MEC, we are proud to be hosting another Digital Technologies PD.

#MissMakesCode Teacher & Teacher Librarian Training
Thursday October 19th  at Maryborough Education Centre (term 4, week 2)

#MissMakesCode is being run by the Girl Geek Academy and is targeted at Early Primary Years’ Teachers wanting to inspire young girls to use Digital Technologies.

Purchase tickets for $59 https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/missmakescode-teacher-librarian-training-maryborough-tickets-37912381955  

This fun and engaging event will feature:

  • explicit teaching activities for visible thinking, problem solving
  • GUI design so that young girls are able to.
  • utilising iPad Apps to teach and hone skills
  • understanding algorithms and coding structures of sequence, selection and iteration (loops)
  • techniques for testing and debugging
  • encouraging girls to work in a variety of computational ways to solve problems and create apps/games via coding
  • catering for morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea

 

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September 20, 2017
by Jillian Brown
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Term 3/4 School Holidays – NAO Workshops for Students!

Swinburne University will be holding a NAO workshop for students over the Term 3/4 school holidays.  NAO robotics course is designed to introduce students to programming and enable them to work closely with these robots. Students will be introduced to motion and sonar sensors, voice recognition and sound and vision tracking through hands-on practical activities which will bring the NAO robots to life. 

What is NAO?

NAO is a little character with a unique combination of hardware and software: it consists of sensors, motors and software driven by a dedicated operating system. NAO gets its magic from its programming and animation.

The workshop will be run over 3 days (9-3pm) on the 4,5,6 October at Swinburne.

For further information and registrations please visit https://www.trybooking.com/313921

These workshops will be available to students from Years 6 -Year 9 and will be limited to 10 students per workshop.

The cost per workshop is $300.

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September 19, 2017
by rcrellin
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DigiTech and STEM Professional Learning

Book in now for a Digital Coding or STEM professional leanring session with VCAA specialist teachers. There are over 50 sessions sceduled in locations all over Victoria. You can also request your own network session, find out more at: http://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/Pages/foundation10/viccurriculum/viccur-proflearn-specialists.aspx

Digital Coding

Online sessions – Primary Thursday 21 Sept, 9am-10am Book Now
 Introduction to the Digital Technologies Curriculum (F-10) Mildura. Thursday 12 October 9:00am-3:30pm Book Now
Introduction to the Digital Technologies Curriculum F-6
Sunbury Monday, 9 October, 9:00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm Book Now
Narre Warren Tuesday, 10 October, 9:00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm Book Now
Healesville Thursday, 12 October, 9:00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm Book Now
Dandenong Friday, 13 October, 9:00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm Book Now
Balwyn Friday, 13 October, 9:00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm Book Now
Echuca Friday, 13 October, 9:00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm Book Now
Wodonga Monday, 16 October 9:00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm Book Now
Coburg Monday, 16 October 9:00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm Book Now
Warragul Tuesday, 17 October 9:00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm Book Now
Coburg Thursday, 19 October 9:00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm Book Now
Benalla Monday, 23 October 9:00am-3:30pm Book Now
Frankston Monday, 30 October 9:00am-3:30pm Book Now
Melbourne CBD Friday, 3 December 9:00am-3:30pm Book Now
Doncaster Friday, 3 December 9:00am-3:30pm Book Now

 

Planning and Assessment in the Digital Technologies Curriculum F-6
Manningham Tuesday 19 September 9:00am-3:30pm Book Now
CBD Thursday 21 September 9:00am-3:30pm Book Now
Swan Hill Thursday 2 November 9:00am-3:30pm Book Now
Werribee Thursday 9 November 9.00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm Book Now
Heidelberg Friday 10 November 9:00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm Book Now
Bundoora Friday 10 November 9:00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm Book Now
Footscray Friday 10 November 9:00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm Book Now
Malvern Thursday 16 November 9:00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm Book Now
Glen Waverley Thursday 23 November 9:00am-3:30pm Book Now
Moe Friday 24 November 9:00am-3:30pm Book Now
Mornington Friday 24 November 9:00am-3:30pm Book Now
Essendon Friday 24 November 9:00am-3:30pm Book Now
Horsham Thursday 30 November 9:00am-3:30pm Book Now
Thomastown Friday 1 December 9:00am-3:30pm Book Now
Laverton Friday 1 December 9:00am-3:30pm Book Now
Pakenham Friday 1 December 9:00am-3:30pm Book Now
Mildura Thursday 7 December 9:00am-3:30pm Book Now

 

Introduction to the Digital Technologies Curriculum 7-10
Dandenong Thursday 12 October 9:00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm Book Now
Epping Friday 13 October  9:00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm Book Now
Rosanna Wednesday 18 October 9:00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm Book Now
Geelong Thursday 19 October 9:00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm Book Now
Benalla Wednesday 25 October 9:00am-3:30pm Book Now
Frankston Friday 27 October 9:00am-3:30pm Book Now

 

Planning and assessment in the Digital Technologies curriculum (7-10)
Wodonga Friday 10 November 9:00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm Book Now
Rosanna Friday 10 November 9:00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm Book Now
Moe Friday 24 November 9:00am-3:30pm Book Now
Mulgrave Friday 24 November 9:00am-3:30pm Book Now
Ringwood Friday 1 December 9:00am-3:30pm Book Now
Footscray Friday 1 December 9:00am-3:30pm Book Now

STEM

Introduction to STEM in the Victorian Curriculum F-10 for primary teachers
Box Hill Friday 22 September, 9:00am-3:30pm Book Now
Torquay Monday, 16 October, 9:00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm Book Now
Melbourne CBD Thursday, 19 October, 9:00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm Book Now
Wycheproof P-12 Tuesday, 24 October, 9:00am-3:30pm Book Now
Ballarat Thursday, 26 October¸ 9:00am-3:30pm Book Now
Werribee Thursday, 2 November, 9:00am-3:30pm Book Now
Exploring STEM through the Victorian Curriculum F-6
Essendon Thursday, 21 September, 9.00am-3.30pm Book Now
Craigieburn Thursday, 9 November, 9.00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3.30pm Book Now
Hamilton Monday, 13 November, 9.00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3.30pm Book Now
Frankston Thursday, 16 November, 9.00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3.30pm Book Now
Berwick Thursday, 23 November, 9.00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3.30pm Book Now
Mildura Friday, 1 December, 9.00am-3.30pm Book Now

 

Introduction to STEM in the Victorian Curriculum F-10
Benalla Wednesday, 11 October, 9:00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm Book Now
Bendigo Friday, 13 October, 9:00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm Book Now
Footscray Wednesday, 18 October, 9:00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm Book Now
Wodonga Wednesday, 18 October, 9:00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm Book Now
Melbourne CBD Thursday, 19 October, 9:00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm Book Now
Ballarat Thursday, 26 October,9:00am-3:30pm Book Now
Malvern Friday, 27 October, 9:00am-3:30pm Book Now
Shepparton Wednesday, 1 November, 9:00am-3:30pm Book Now
Warrandyte Thursday, 2 November, 9:00am-3:30pm Book Now
Ringwood Friday, 3 November, 9:00am-3:30pm Book Now

 

Exploring STEM through the Victorian Curriculum F-10
Gippsland Friday 10 November 9:00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm Book Now
Whittlesea Monday 13 November 9:00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm Book Now
Doncaster Wednesday 15 November 9:00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm Book Now
Mornington Wednesday 22 November 9:00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm Book Now
Bundoora Wednesday 22 November 9:00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm Book Now
Footscray Friday 24 November 9:00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm Book Now
Craigieburn Wednesday 29 November 9:00am-3:30pm Book Now
Mildura Friday 1 December 9:00am-3:30pm Book Now
Coburg Monday 4 December 9:00am-3:30pm Book Now
Heidelberg Friday 8 December 9:00am-3:30pm Book Now

 

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