A-STEAM Program at Ballarat Tech School - a D&T Week Program

For further information, contact Ballarat Tech School at s.fiusco@federation.edu.au or 03 53278287.

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As part of Design & Technologies Week the Ballarat Tech School will deliver a creative, innovative and challenging learning program focusing on Aboriginal culture and design as part of our A-STEAM (Aboriginal Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) Program.

The program will be held over 2 days - 16 & 17 October, from 9am - 3pm. They would like to encourage Aboriginal students in Years 9, 10, and 11 who are interesred to atted the program and invite a friend or two to join them. Students can come with our without a teacher.

Participants will learn the design principles and values traditional to Aboriginal culture, understanding the importance and value of a ‘circular economy’ to Aboriginal culture.

Day 1 will include an environment session with Tammy Gilson (Wadawurrung woman) at Lal Lal Falls which is a significant cultural site for the Wadawurrung people including dreaming stories, the value of local fibres and significant sites and artefacts and viewing the documentary ‘Restoring the Koorong Tradition’ which is the making of the stringy bark canoe filmed locally in Ballarat in 2018, the first in Ballarat for 150 years with Luke Russel (Worimi man). Students will learn to consider the impact of design and production on the environment and community.  Students will learn traditional methods of design and construction including making rope from bark and a model canoe.

Day 2 students will be divided in to two groups and challenged to consider and demonstrate how Aboriginal design principles and values can influence design and innovation today.

Workshop 1: Students will learn traditional design and weaving techniques and collaborate to design and prototype a sustainable ‘Audible Art’ piece.  Bringing together their learning of Aboriginal design values and local language whilst using modern technology and waste products e.g. clothing and plastics. 

Workshop 2:  Students will take their learning from day one about the Aboriginal ‘circular economy’ and learn about current models of a ‘circular economy’.  Using the learned principles and values of Aboriginal Design, students will collaborate to ideate, design and prototype a creative product that incorporates, bio-plastic, bark and wood shaping.

Outcomes from this two day program will be unveiled in the afternoon at the launch of the local documentary ‘Restoring the Koorong Tradition’ with community.

This is a really exciting and life changing opportunity for students to connect the past to the present to the future and do so by sharing an experience with their community.



9..00am - 3pm

Tuesday 16th & Wednesday 17th October



Ballarat Tech School


Contact Sofia Fiusco (s.fiusco@federation.edu.au) at Ballarat Tech School for more information


Thanks to our Design & Technologies Week 2018 Sponsors