About Yarra Ranges Tech School

Yarra Ranges Tech School is part of the Victorian Government's commitment to make Victoria the 'Education State'. We draw on the Lilydale Lakeside Campus, facilities and our stakeholders to introduce students to the applications of human-centred design thinking and innovative leading-edge technologies as a means of problem solving real-world challenges.

We also introduce teachers to new pedagogies and ways to bring technology into the classroom. Our programs emphasise critical Enterprise skills in addition to Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) skills required for the 21st century.

Our Vision

We will excite and engage secondary school students in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics to prepare them for the industries and jobs of the future.

Our Objectives

  • To prepare students for a changing world which is highly STEM focused;
  • To strengthen students employability skills;
  • To link education to growing industries; and
  • To create a Tech School which is locally led and operated.

Design Thinking

We use a six-stage thinking process to allow students to experience collaboration as a team to solve real-world problems and develop new opportunities. The double diamond model allows students to use both divergent and convergent thinking applying their foundational skills learnt at school in a practical application. This model allows tailoring of our programs to suit different learning needs, class structures and outcomes.

At each stage of the process, we seek students to adopt a particular mindset, skillset and toolset.

Mindset
Skillset
Toolset

How you see, perceive and view the world around you

How you act and behave based on your capabilities, knowledge & understanding

What mechanisms you use to develop your skills and achieve your objectives

Co-Design

A fundamental principle of Tech School programs is ensuring that students are accessing leading-edge technologies and being introduced to current trends, issues and opportunities in the real world. Yarra Ranges Tech School achieves this by working closely with our industry, tertiary and community partners on the development of our learning programs. There stakeholders contribute content, expertise, advice and in some cases, site-tour opportunities for our students.

Our Team

Ashley Van Krieken
Director

Ashley joined us from Monash Tech School and has a background in both Social Sciences (Economics) and Science (Geology) giving him a unique perspective on how innovation and technology is applied on all aspects of life.  His experience in a variety of extremely innovative and technology focused industries drives his passion to work with students and teachers to increase STEM engagement.  As a former manager of Emerging Sciences Victoria, Ashley has a keen interest in how technology can bridge divides - geographical, social and economic.  His naturally curious mind drives many ideas  a few of which we let him pursue!

Matt Pattison
Lead Facilitator
Matt Pattison is a Science and Maths trained teacher with a background in the Rail and Software Development industries. He has a drive to share his love of STEAM with students who may be the next generation of scientists, designers, engineers, and other careers that may not even exist yet. Matt holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Software) and a Masters of Information Systems and is passionate about engaging students from all backgrounds in STEM, or STEAM, or whatever people want to call the fun stuff he gets paid to do. His favourite part of the job is seeing students' faces light up with enthusiasm.

Lindy Johnson
Senior Operations and Bookings Manager
Lindy Johnson has come to us from a diverse business administration and customer relations background. She’s passionate about smooth business sailing and keeps us all on track with continual improvement in our systems and methodology. She’s new to STEM, but is loving working with Schools directly to see how the Tech School can excite and engage students and teachers alike.

Shivneel Prasad
Technical Program Specialist Maker Technologies

Shivneel hails from the friendly island of Fiji, with background studies in Physics (with emphasis on electronics and Renewables) and living daily life based on the quote from Darynda Jones: “If it weren’t for physics and law enforcement, I’d be unstoppable.” STEM to me encompasses every part of our lives, from the leaves whistling in the wind to the rockets flying into space thus allowing me to dream beyond what is now and dream beyond what could be.

Phurich Pusapanich
Technical Program Specialist Classroom Technologies

Phurich Pusapanich holds backgrounds in Software Engineering and Data Science. His experience in Dev/Ops helps to quicken the technologies and course developments at Yarra Ranges Tech school. He is very passionate about STEM technologies because of his interests in maker culture. At the Tech School, he enjoys taking care of our aquaponic systems and making sure that the fish lives in the best condition. If he is not teaching, he can be found in his tinkering room, looking for new technologies to implement in our programs.

Zoe Green
Facilitator

Zoe started her career as a Primary School teacher falling in love with science, art and technology because they encourage student engagement by allowing them to have more freedom and explored curiosity. We are thrilled to have Zoe on board as one of our facilitators to work alongside the students to facilitate the integration of natural curiosity and innovative thinking with increased capability and understanding. Every project is exciting and the possibilities seem limitless, that is why she loves her job and working at YRTS. 

Jason Ching
Facilitator and Technical Support

Jason is a Monash Postgraduate with a background in Data Science and Information Technology and System. Jason is passionate about big data as he believe that data is the new fuel of 21th century and it powers everything we do. Jason started off in the Tech School as a Dev/Ops engineer, researching and developing new STEM technologies and applications, now he spends his time exploring new tech, ensures things run smoothly in the Tech school, and also empowering young minds of today with technologies and skills to create the world of tomorrow.

Evelyn Goh
Facilitator

Evelyn joins us after having taught both internationally and locally since the early 2000s, STEM and the use of technology have gradually made its way into her teaching pedagogy - driving her to develop STEM curriculum and providing STEM education solutions. She views students as young adults; providing them real-world learning opportunities and engaging them to design solutions. Teaching at the Tech School allows her to broaden the mindsets of young people, letting them realise that possibilities are endless!

Michael Lester
Facilitator

Michael has taught secondary school ICT and Maths for over 10 years and is passionate about empowering his students to become innovators and problem solvers as opposed to just end-users of technology. After beginning his career in commercial IT he transitioned to teaching where his industry experience is incorporated. He is a strong advocate of the Yarra Ranges Tech School and its ability to provide students with access to high-end technology that may otherwise be unavailable to them. 

Stacie Gibson
Operations Support and Events Officer
Stacie has an extensive background and vast knowledge of events which we are excited for her to bring to our team and demonstrate with our current and future events. Although Stacie is new to STEM she is eager to learn all of the new technology that is available to our schools and community. Stacie is enjoying working within a close team to help support the smooth running of the school and make everyone’s lives a little easier.

Shannon Lee
Facilitator

Shannon’s background is in teaching high school Visual Arts and Materials Technology. He has always been inspired by innovative art and design. The further he explores new ways of creating and making, the more he becomes inspired by new technologies and the vast possibilities that STEM subjects open up to us all. Yarra Ranges Tech School allows me to share my passion with and desire to inspire others.

Jessica Addicott
Operations Support and Assistant Administration Officer
Jess is one of the newer additions to Yarra Ranges Tech School and STEAM. When she’s not being a customer service guru at the front reception desk at Lakeside, Jess enjoys darting in to the Tech School to help offer a different perspective during workshops and programme deliveries, as well as assisting with administrative tasks and events. She is extremely excited to see the creative and innovative ways in which Tech School students utilise these state-of-the-art technologies for a better future for all.
Zoe Zhang
Senior Multimedia Designer
Zoe Zhang was a secondary school Visual Communication Design teacher and is passionate about emerging technologies in the design industry to help better express ideas. She has a background in graphic design, illustration and UI design, and now she is obsessed with motion graphics and 3D simulations. As UNSW Maker Manifesto says, “If you want something you’ve never had, then you’ve got to do something you’ve never done.” She dreams of designing for AR/VR platform one day and further engaging students in STEM education.

Yarra Ranges Tech School Steering Committee