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Empowering our youth and community with digital technologies and STEM Engagement.  Thanks to the Wangaratta Chronicle we have been able to share our story, with plenty to celebrate and be proud of. 

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2021: March

DTAC Hosts a virtual Girl Powered Event - hosted by our favourite young role model, Maddy B and her friends, Maddy T & Chloe C.

 

 

2021: January

Looks like the Wangaratta Robotics Club is back up and running with a whole day event over the holidays - looks like it was pretty popular! 

"Wow! The post-lockdown catch up robotics sessions were fun last week! New ant-weight battle bots were created and new friends were made! Well done to all of the young people involved! Thanks again to our fantastic young robotics mentors from the #galenVEX team! "  Wangaratta Digital Hub - Amanda Aldous

Check out a video of all the excitement: https://www.facebook.com/WangarattaDigitalHub/videos/466088861219311

2021: January

DTAC Volunteer & Galen VEX Alumni , Maddy Baumanis, gets invited by Dr Amanda Caples and Minister Jaala Pulford for the launch of the Victorian Women & Girls in STEM Map at Swinburne Uni.

 

 

 

2020: December 

Galen VEX did a quick look back on 2020 from their perspective. 

We love working with these young guns, future superstars of STEM, DTAC is so proud!

2020:  October

Galen VEX reaches for the stars!! How proud are we all here in Wangaratta when these inspirational young people win through the preliminary rounds to Represent Australia in the 1st KIBO Robotics Challenge. They along with 6 other countries got the chance to program NASA's AstroBee Robot on the International Space Station! After months of working in a simulated environment -  and they came THIRD!!  Only one of three teams to complete the Space Mission.  Woo Hoo!! 

MORE great stories by SpaceAustralia.com - winning to finals spot   and  Finals Wrap up 

The team gathered at an undisclosed location during the finals event, in their "secret" mission control, talking directly with JAXA,

NASA Ames Robotics crew and Commander Chris Cassidy. 

What an experience for them all! 

Watch their finals Run on the International Space Station. How exciting!!

 

2020: September

DTAC has been in collaboration with STAV (Science Teachers Association of Victoria) since November 2019, planning the 2020 STAV Regional Conference, with COVID19 hitting Australia and innovative thinking  - the Collaboration agreed to go "Online" with a virtual conference. 

The conference was a huge hit, with fantastic Keynote Speakers - Dr Amanda Caples ( Lead Scientist of Victoria) and Krystal DeNapoli (Indigenous Astrophysicist studying at Monash Uni, Scicomm and Wang High Alumni). 

Also our DTAC Members. Brett Webber and Maree Timms putting their hands up for hosting workshops.

It was great to work withe the STAV Team, and looking forward to future collaborations

https://stav.org.au/event/stav-stem-20online-conference/

 

 

2020: August

with everything "Pivoting" with COVID19 Lockdowns, looks like the Wangaratta Coding Club has done the same thing.

How good is this! Well done Amanda, Junior Engineers and the Coding Cub to keep this great activity running during lockdowns.

2020: August

DTAC Partners - Charles Sturt Uni and NE TracksLLEN, Host Wangaratta's Virtual Big Day In, as part of the Digital Innovation Festival.

Disappointed that it couldn't go ahead as a Face to Face event, the innovation continues with an amazing online event.  Including a presentation by our DTAC member Emma Jones.

2020: July

DTAC members are excited to see, Galen VEX take up a new challenge - despite remote learning, they have found a challenge that may take them out of this world! 

Galen VEX known for their tenacity in Robotics was contacted by Jackie Carpenter from One Giant Leap Australia  Foundation, hoping the Galen VEX crew wiuld feild a team in the Inaugural KIBO Robotics and Programming Challenge.  A challenge set by JAXA  ( Japanese Aerospace and Exploration Agency) and NASA's AMES Research Centre where teams may get the opportunity to Program NASA's Astrobee Robot on the International Space Station. 

Great story here by SpaceAustralia.com on the teams ambitions in the challenge. 

2020: June

Talk about innovative - our DTAC Partners NETracks LLEN and Charles Sturt Uni hosted a Virtual Work experience for our local youth! 

NETracks LLEN - said

The Virtual Work Experience Expo 2.0 in partnership with Charles Sturt University

Goulburn Murray LLEN
North East Local Learning and Employment Network - NELLEN
Gippsland East LLEN
. 26 presenters across 5 career streams. 582 students from 12 schools joined us on line. Today we thank and profile our legendary Food & Fibre Presenters. Stuart Crostwaithe, Gaye Gauci , Leon Carter, Blake Edwards and Jo Williams gave great insights into just how exciting , rewarding and innovative their industry truly is. True and passionate leaders in their chosen fields.
Mountain Milk Co-Operative
Ag Skills Victoria
Wangaratta Veterinary Clinic

2020: May

DTAC have watched this young fella, become quite the innovator - now with Community Spirit and COVID in mind he has set out to help the local Front Line workers 

2020: END OF MARCH - COVID19 HITS AUSTRALIA:

LOCKDOWNS, Working from home, remote learning & teaching...

What  Crazy Times ahead of us all.... with plenty of disappointing cancellations. 

Galen VEX were meant to travel to Melbourne for the F1 Grand Prix for the Digital Innovation Festival Display with their Robotics - CANCELLED

Galen VEX to travel to the USA for the 2020 VEX World Robotics Championships along side Albury and Wodonga VEX teams - CANCELLED

DTAC's Planned Girl Powered Event - CANCELLED

Borrowing of DTAC Digital Resources - CANCELLED

Events at the Wangaratta Digital Hub - CANCELLED 

MAV ( Mathematical Association of Victoria) Regional Conference at Charles Sturt Uni Wangaratta - CANCELLED

:-(     :-(     :-(    :-(

2020: March

DTAC wants to Congratulate the students of Galen VEX for their GLOBAL AWARD  -  This Award was given to 10 teams throughout the world recogising their "Community Service" by VEX World Robotics Community and Google. 

That is TWO VEX Worlds Awards - 2018 Service Award &  2020 Community and Service. DTAC members are so proud of these young people.

Congrats to Mitchell Hobbs and Ryan Falconer who created this Award Winning Video:

 

2020: March

DTAC and Galen VEX head to Benalla for a "Girl Powered" Workshop.

After attending our "Wangaratta Girl Powered" workshop, Tomorrow Today Foundation, were inspired and asked us to present at their workshop. 

Taking along our DTAC Google expeditions, Turning Tumble and VEX gear, including "Zombie bots" we all had fun. 

2020: February

DTAC is proud to have followed this young persons' journey, from when she was in year 7 and now a 1st year Uni student, Madalynn Baumanis. Maddy has helped run our Holiday Robotics and Coding Workshops, help mentor younger students, help organise and judge at our local, national and international VEX Robotics competitions, not to mention a great "Girl Powered/ Girls in STEM" advocate and role model. 

 

 

2020: February

Wangaratta Digital Hub hosting Business Wangaratta’s first 2020 network meeting. Great to be able to showcase the opportunities at the #WangarattaDigitalHub for local businesses. 

2020: February 

DTAC Partner Charles Sturt Uni Wangaratta use their Labs and Science Expertise to help our wine growers test their grapes for smoke damage after the devasting Bushfire season. 

2020: February

2020 DTAC NETWORK MAP reflecting on our events and activities:

2020: January

The Wangaratta Digital Hub excited to announce another club being formed due to popular demand - Wangaratta Coding Club.

Yet another initiative to support our young regional students. 

 

Loads of kids and families on their first evening! How good is this! 

 

2020: January

DTAC and Galen VEX host another successful Robotics and Coding Holiday Program.

2019: December

Our Regional teams find success at the VEX Robotics Australian Championships in Adelaide.

With Maddy Baumanis being given the honour of being the Judges Advisor during the Competition.

AND TWO local teams, Albury and Wodonga qualifying for the 2020 VEX Worlds Championships!! 

and Galen VEX Wining the Community Award for all the Community Outreach they do.

DTAC Is extremely Proud of their achievements. 

 

 

 

2019: November

DTAC Partner NE Tracks LLEN hosting the LLEN Network Meeting 

 

2019: November

DTAC Proud to see one of our local DTAC Volunteer students highlighted.

Jorja has volunteered in the VEX Robotics Coding Holiday programs and many other DTAC Initiatives.  

 

2019 November

DTAC Hosts the VEX Robotics Regional Championships. 

Our local team #GalenVEX are looking the goods and we are extra happy to announce that Kelly Clarkson, FORD Australia Engineer will be our special guest judge. 

2019: October

2019 DTAC Support Wangaratta Primary School with their Family STEM Night.

So good to see our resources being used by our local primary school to engage not only their students but their families as well.

 

2019: October

2019 DTAC Host a fantastic "Girl Powered" Event

DTAC was proud to host the "Girl Powered" event at the Digital Hub, with young role model Madalynn B form Galen VEX MC'ing the event.

Special guests included Ford Engineers, Emma Peel, Kelly Clarkson and Jessica Selvey, who Maddy had volunteered with at the 2018 VEX Robotics Nationals.  There was also a wonderful group of local STEM role models. It was a great evening, with lots of positive feedback, from all involved.

 

 

 

2019: October

Wangaratta Robotics Club at the Digital Hub has gained momentum, with plenty of action.

These students started out as volunteers at our holiday Robotics and Coding workshops, now they have created their own after school club. DTAC is very proud of them.  

Watch a Video of their bots battling it out on their new arena:

https://www.facebook.com/WangarattaDigitalHub/videos/428253737840991

 

2019: September

DTAC Memebers participate in the Digital Ecosystem Futures workshop at the Digital Hub.
Fantastic evening of collaboration, discussions, brainstorming and networking to start developing a #digitalecosystem for #Wangaratta. Super big thanks to Sally @
Digital Gold and Susan Benedyka, for facilitating the evening. The #digital future is looking good for our local community. So many different sectors represented:
Entrepreneurs/Startups: Emma from 
Startup Shakeup North East Vic

, Rohan from  Emma from  Health: Jane from 
Northeast Health Wangaratta

talking about Telehealth, Community: Amanda from 
Wangaratta Digital Hub

, Tenile from  , Sarah from 
Into Our Hands Foundation

then there was our Education Crew AnneS, AnneG, Maree and Brett from #DTACWangaratta, Ilena from Wangaratta Regional Study Centre and our young super Star Jorja from 
Wangaratta VEX Robotics Team
DTAC is feeling so lucky to be part of such a wonderful network of positive, innovative people who want to make a better future for
#DIFvic #DIF2019 #DIFvicRegional
Regional Victoria Living

2019: September

DTAC Cofounder Maree Timms recognised for her passion for STEM and Education by winning the Sandhurst Diocese Educaré Award.

See more in our Blog Post

 

Maree with the DTAC Crew - L-R Carolyn Trethowan, Brett Webber, Maree Timms, Anne Geddis, Bernadette Albertson, Anne Shaw

2019: August

NEW CLUB starts at the Digital Hub - organised by students, run by students with support from Amanda Aldous at the Wangaratta Digital Hub and GOTAFE's Innovation Hub.

Wangaratta Robotics Club.  Have you seen BattleBots or Robot Wars on TV, imagine a mini version of this, where students learn to 3D print and build their mini Battle bot.

Images and pics from their first introductory evening with interested families.

 

2019: August

2019 DTAC Collaborates with DLTV for local Conference

The Digital Learning and Teaching Victoria (DLTV) reached out to DTAC to host a regional conference here in Wangaratta. 

It was great to be able to host a PD to support teachers, teaching students with Special needs and learning disabilities. We had a great time working with the DLTV Crew and look forward to future collaborations. 

 

 

2019: August

2019 DTAC once again, gets involved in the Digital Innovation Festival 

DTAC and its' Partners created a number of events to celebrate the 2019 Digital Innovation Festival

Sally Rogers @ Digital Gold will host a workshop on Digital Inclusion, followed by another presentation by Susan Benedyka.

the Highlight of the week, will be the Big Day In hosted by CSU at the Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre, followed on later in the afternoon, with the Galen VEX crew's  "Come and Try VEX Robotics" event at the Wangaratta Digital Hub

Lots of community engagement, including a special visit by Digital Innovation Festival's Margot Ingoldby, (Manager, Ict & Technology at Department of Economic Development , Jobs , Transport and Resources.)     

  

2019: July

The Wangaratta Digital Hub is coming into it's own - Lots of community use. 

2019: July 

2019 OzGrav from Swinburne Uni comes to Wangaratta's Digital Hub 

Swinburne's award winning OzGrav Outreach program approached us to host a regional event in Wangaratta.

Schools were invited during the day and then open to the community in the evening. Participants got to discover new things about the universe, from our solar system to black holes, in the VR headsets. Lisa Horsely from Oz Grav was amazing at engaging everyone of all ages.  From the little kids during the day to the "big kids" in the evening, 

The Galen VEX crew were on hand to keep the participants occupied playing with their robots, while waiting their turn to use the headsets. The Wangaratta Digital Hub was hopping and bopping with activity.

 

 

2019: July

Start Up Shake up - Pitch Fest - great result for our young guns. 

The Pitch fest organised by StartUp ShakeUp was a huge success, loads of fun and excitement as local startups pitched their case to Angel Investors. Ryan and Lachie knew they had an uphill battle against experience business people, but it was the entrepreneurial  mentorship with Mark Cooper prize they had their eye on. They obviously won the judges over with their enthusiasm as they were rewarded with the mentorship prize.  

2019: July

GOTAFE mentors young guns with business idea for upcoming PitchFest. 

With the Pitch fest organised by StartUp ShakeUp coming up soon. These two young fellas, Ryan and Lachlan,  have been using the most of opportunities presented to them via the DTAC network. From their VEX Robotics school program, attending Questacon's Invention Convention and StartUp ShakeUp workshops, to this wonderful collaboration with GOTAFE's Innovation Hub and Wangaratta's Jeweller's Coworking. The collaboration was started over the summer holidays and funded by the Vic Gov -Summer Tech Live Initiative, which saw the lads present in Melb and up against a number of University Teams.  They are looking forward to the up coming Pitchfest, to test their communication skills. 

The Summer Tech Live Presentation - where you will see Ryan and Lachlan explaining their project.

2019: July

2019 DTAC Resources being used by Wangaratta Library.

Great to see our resources being used by the Wangaratta Library, introducing youngsters to spheros and bloxels.  It's so good to be able to engage young people in technology.  Community engagement is essential in our DTAC vision. 

2019: July

2019 Another successful 2 day Coding and Robotics Holiday Program.

This DTAC program is creating wonderful young community leaders. To have more female past participants acting as mentors makes us really proud of what we are achieving.  DTAC keep the costs of the workshop as low as possible ($60 per participant). We use the funds to buy new resources for our lending library. We ow have a great range that are used in the holiday workshops, and school can borrow during the term. 

 

 

2019: June

2019 Myrtleford's P-12 students enjoying DTAC's Google Expeditions Kit 

It's always great to get feedback from schools who use our resources.  

2019: May

2019 The Digital Hub now has employed a new coordinator. 

The Wangaratta Digital Hub has now employed a Coordinator, and exciting new step in creating a space for collaboration and supporting the community with digital skills. The space is bookable for for community group to use as well.  Exciting times ahead.

 

2019: April

2019  NE Tracks LLEN - Winton Hands on Trade Day.

DTAC Partner - NE Tracks LLEN's Winton Hands on Trade Day is getting bigger and better each year. Such a fantastic line up of exhibitors to inspire out youth into a vast variety of trades. This year,  they encouraged all exhibitors to ensure they have hands on activities to engage the young visitors, this has really increased the engagement and success of the event.  Check a student  created video of the Hands on Careers Day. Loads of fun. 

2019 March

2019 DTAC Digital Harvest Conference.

Another successful Digital Harvest Conference is held with some great guest speakers, and our Galen VEX crew teaching teachers, about Programming and building robots. What a fun day was had by all.  ** the initial plan was to host the event in August 2018, but due to circumstances out of our control is was moved to March 2019

 

 

2019 March

2019 the Galen VEX crew off to VEX Robotics World Championships.

DTAC is so proud to support these talented youngsters. They certainly are inspiring our community young and old.  We wish them the best of luck an dthey enjoy the experience. We cant wait to hear the stories on their return. 

 

2019 March

2019 Charles Sturt Uni Wangaratta, bring Cyber Security Course to Wangaratta

DTAC partners - Anne Geddis and Ilena Young, CSU Wangaratta,  have been working hard to bring CSU's Girls in Cyber Security Advancing Course to Wangaratta.  The students involved loved the course and have a new set of digital skills.   

2019 March

2019 ShakeUp StartUp - planning for an exciting Pitch Fest

The ShakeUp StartUp team, including DTAC Members are planning a Pitch Fest, with great prizes on offer. A fantastic opportunity for our regional entrepreneurs. How exciting to be part of this wonderful start up ecosystem in our region. 

2019 February 

2019 Galen VEX team mates get selected to the National Invention Convention

Ryan and Lachlan selected to attend Questacon's National Invention Convention. Only 25 students from across Australia were selected. They loved the experience and are excited to bring their new knowledge, skills and ways of thinking into the entrepreneurial ecosystem that is developing in our region. The sky is the limits with these two young guns.  We are very proud to be part of their journey and look forward to supporting their next adventures. 

2019 February

2019 Startup Shakeup continue to grow and inspire.

DTAC Partners proud to support Shakeup Startup with entrepreneurial workshops around the region. Our Region has a lot to offer and with support form Launch Vic and the Vic Government, we can continue to create opportunities for our innovative community. 

2019: January

2019 Another successful Coding and Robotics Holiday Program.

DTAC alongside our champion robotics team members, hosted another fabulous 2 day Robotics and Coding Holiday Program. It was a packed house yet again, with a number on the waiting list. This program continues to engage and inspire our local students, and we are seeing leaders emerge from the Galen VEX crew as they go about working with the junior students. 

 

 

 

2018: December

2018 Galen VEX off to the 2019 VEX Robotics World Championships AGAIN!!

Talented students of the Galen VEX Robotics Program, have dominated alongside their North East Vic counterparts at the VEX Robotics National Championships. The Regional Teams, took away almost 40% fo all the Awards given out, and three teams will be representing Australia at the 2019 VEX Robotics World Championships in Louisville Kentucky.  Each team will be in a different division. St Anne's Primary (Albury)  - Elementary Division,  Wodonga Middle Years - Middle Years Division and Galen Catholic In the High School Division. We wish them all the best of luck. It really is Regional Kids kicking goals. We are so excited to have been able to support this fantastic program.

2018: December

2018 Startup Shakeup - gets behind Global Sisters.

DTAC partners help support Global Sisters and Startup Shakeup, supporting our local women entrepreneurs.  

2018: November

2018 Digital Hub is a hive of activity.

DTAC partners are really excited in how the use of the Wangaratta Digital Hub is growing. It is developing a great hub for people to use and gain help in digital skills. This hub was a really welcomed addition for our community. 

2018: October

2018 DTAC Wins National Award at 2018 Tech Diversity Awards. 

DTAC was over the moon to receive the Minister of Innovation and the Digital Economy, Philip Dalidakis, Highly Commended Award for our Courage, Dedication and Collaboration in bringing STEM engagement to Regional Victoria.  

The submission, required a written submission and video. Below is our video that we submitted.

 

2018: September

2018 Startup Shakeup gets up and and running. 

Emma Jones takes the lead role to get entrepreneurs and local starts up a boost through a number of workshops.  DTAC partners are excited about what opportunities it will create for our community.  

2018: September

2018 The Wangaratta Digital Hub starts to take shape.

A great collaboration between DTAC partners and the Rural City of Wangaratta, a successful submission was able to gain funding for 3 years from the State Government to create the Wangaratta Digital Hub. 

 2018: August

2018 DTAC partners get involved in the Digital Innovation Festival. 

DTAC created and hosted a "Digi Try 18" event at the fabulous new space Wangaratta Digital Hub and GOTAFE's Innovation Hub. Lots of activities to keep the everyone engaged. 

2018: AUGUST

Dr Amanda Caples - Lead Scientist of Victoria creates a STEM NETWORK MAP for Victoria.

DTAC members are excited about this MAP, as it shows the power of networks and will create more opportunities for our regional students.

 

2018: August 

2018 DTAC's STEM Expo as part of National Science Week. 

This years STEM EXPO was another great success for the DTAC Crew, with a range of exhibitors including students exhibtors form all three secondary schools. Our 2016 STEM Expo was to inspire and engage students and the community into the wonders and value of STEM. Now to have students as exhibitors form the three high schools is very exciting for all of us at DTAC. We can see our original vision starting to take place before our eyes.

 

2018: July

2018 DTAC host another successful Robotics and Coding Holiday Program.

DTAC along with Galen VEX students hosted another engaging 2 Day Robotics and Coding Holiday Program, at the Wangaratta Regional Study Centre. The program has become so popular, that there is often a waiting list to get in. It is great to see the Galen VEX team members working with the younger students sharing their passion and skills. They are the future STEM leaders. 

We would also like to thank NE Tracks LLEN who always support the program, and added bonus of supplying us with a big box of healthy, seasonal fruit for everyone to share over the two days.

 

 

2018: July

2018 DTAC Members Anne Geddes & Aimee Snowden win CSU's Excellence Award

Congratulation to Anne Geddis and Aimee Snowden from  CSU Wangaratta for wining the Charles Sturt University's Excellence Award for their outreach STEM Engagement. This is a great honour for them both in recognition for their hard work, passion and dedication.  DTC is so fortunate to have such wonderful people in the team. Anne was a founding member of DTAC and her vision, organisation and networking has helped us keep on track and continue to grow and develop great programs.

2018: July

2018 Funding Grant for Regional StartUp Ecosystem via Launch Vic

DTAC Partners - NE Tracks LLEN, CSU and GOTAFE collaborated with local shires to help gain support for funding towards the local Start-ups to encourage and support innovation in the region, creating a new regional start up ecosystem: The coordinating body : StartUp ShakeUp  check out their webpage. 

2018: June

2018 Ovens and Murray Regional Assembly. 

DTAC representatives including Galen VEX team members attend the Ovens and Murray Regional Assembly.

Galen's Rutvik C seen here, showing Ben Carroll, Minister for Industry and Employment one of their robots.

2018: June

2018 DTAC Resources being used by our local Primary Schools.

DTAC's Google Expeditions Virtual Reality Kit, being used by primary students to travel the world. 

 

2018: June

2018 Digital Inclusion Forum

DTAC Partners involved in the Australian Digital Inclusion Forum, hosted at the Wangaratta Regional Study Centre. The forum looks at creating networks to ensuring Wangaratta and our region is part of the National Dialogue. 

2018: May

2018 Girls in STEM World Café

DTAC had the opportunity to invite Dr Kate Grarock #superstarofSTEM to Wangratta, where she spoke to students at local schools and as a special guest at DTAC's Girls in STEM World Café. Dr Kate Grarock was the key note speaker , then students and parents broke into groups and rotated around the tables where at each table was a local STEM Super star. 

 

2018: April

2018 Galen VEX win Service Award at 2018 VEX Robotics World Championships.

 DTAC would like to congratulate the Galen VEX Team members on being voted on by their peers as the most friendly and cooperative team. We could not agree more. 

 

 

2018: April

Galen VEX thanks DTAC partners and the community

The Galen VEX team are about to head off to the USA to compete in the as t the 2018 VEX Robotics World Championships. We wish them the best of luck. 

2018: April

2018 GEEK Con at the Wangaratta Library

The Galen VEX students and our DTAC Google Expedition Kit being a big hit at the Geek Con 2018.  

 

2018: April

2018 Education Feature - STEM in the spotlight

Article on the importance of STEM education by CSU our DTAC partner 

 

 

2018: March

2018 DTAC & Galen VEX part of OMRP Digital Case Study

The Ovens Murray Regional Partnerships is creating a Digital Plan for the future, the DTAC Collaboration with Galen VEX Robotics Program has been highlighted in their case study.   

 

2018: March

2018 Girls in STEM Breakfast

DTAC organised a Girls in STEM Breakfast with local Women in STEM Role models / industry leaders to chat about their career pathways and inspire about 30 young girls about the possibilities of a STEM Career. Hosted at the Wangaratta Regional Study Centre.

2018: February

2018 Education Advantage becomes a DTAC Partner. 

Education Advantage saw what DTAC was doing and was inspired by our vision, aims and goals. They jumped on board to support us and our community.  DTAC Was thrill to have their expertise on board and want to thank them for their support and also for setting up this webpage for us. :-)

Please look at their webpage and see how they can help you and your school. 

2018: January

2018 Torch Relay Honour for DTAC member

Our DTAC member and co-founder Maree Timms is recognised by the community for her STEM leadership to carry the Commonwealth Games Torch. 

 

 

2018: January

2018 our first 2 Day Robotics and Coding Holiday Program:

Collaboration between Galen Catholic College VEX Robotics Team, DTAC and the Wangaratta Regional Study Centre. We hosted our first extremely successful Robotics and Coding Holiday Program, over the two days the Galen VEX team members mentor grade 5 and 6 students in various robotics and coding activities.  Most of the robotics resources used in the activities were borrowed from Galen Catholic College. 

Thanks to our DTAC Partner : Education Advantage we now have 5 x Bloxels Kits  to add to DTAC's Resource lending library.  They proved to be a big hit during the two days.

 

2017: December 

2017 Australian VEX Robotics National Championships.

Following in from the success of the hosting the 2016 National Championships, Wangaratta was given the opportunity to host the 2017 National Championships. Growth of VEX robotics in the regional saw local teams grow from 3 teams in 2016 to 14 local teams competing in the 2017 National Championships.  With one of Galen Teams winning the Excellence Award and the honour of representing Australia at the 2018 VEX Robotics World Championships in Kentucky USA. 

DTAC was so proud and excited to see our local students succeed against strong such competition from Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra teams who had been part of the VEX Robotics Program for a number of years. 

 

 

2017: December

2017 Education Advantage becomes a DTAC Partner. 

Education Advantage saw what DTAC was doing and was inspired by our vision, aims and goals. They jumped on board to support us and our community.  DTAC Was thrill to have their expertise on board and want to thank them for their support and also for setting up this webpage for us. :-)

Please look at their webpage and see how they can help you and your school. 

2017: December

2017 GOTAFE - Future Career and Pathways Workshop

DTAC partner - GOTAFE created a Future Career and Pathways workshop for regional students.  

 

2017: November 

2017 GOTAFE inspire the little ones for careers based on animals.

DTAC Partner GOTAFE shows that no matter how young it's important to start setting the seeds for future careers. 

 

2017: November

2017 DTAC Partners involved in Regional Agricultural Summit. 

Wangaratta Regional Study Centre hosted the Annual Regional Agricultural Summit. Many DTAC partners also attended as Food and Fibre is an integral part of our region and the creation of jobs/industry partnership to create opportunities for our next generation of Ag leaders.   

 

 

2017: October

DTAC Adds Telescopes to its list of Resources.

DTAC adds 3 x 8" Dobsonian Telescopes to it list of STEM resources, thanks to our fantastic partner, Charles Sturt Uni

With links to STARR's Planetarium we had a few big days of looking at the stars in both real life and in a planetarium. The community were enthralled. with school visits during the day and then a community star gazing evening and a planetarium show, it was an inspiring day for all. 

 

 

2017: Sept 

2017 NE TRACKS LLEN working to keep young people employed.

DTAC Partner, NE Tracks LLEN works closely with local employees and school to help give students school based apprentships and employment opportunities. 

 

 

2017: August

2017 DTAC Hosts it's first big Teacher Conference: "Digital Harvest" 

DTAC Partners gathered together to host the DTAC's very own teacher conference, with some fabulous Keynote speakers: Andrew Douch and Mark Woolley, plus a number of local and Melbourne and interstate speakers, creating a large array of interactive and engaging workshops to inspire our educators from across regional Victoria and beyond.  

 

  

 

 

2017: August 

2017 STEM Expo - National Science Week

After the success of the initial 2016 STEM Expo, the DTAC Team worked together to create a second successful STEM Expo. This time we had a number of students as presenters alongside industry experts. 

 

2017: July

2017 DTAC Network map is created.

DTAC members were impressed with the successes and impact they had made. A day long meeting was held to consolidate and map out the journey and future aspirations. 

The outcome was the first DTAC Network Map. 

** click on image to get the original document

2017: June

2017 Regional Education Forum - Wangaratta Regional Study Centre

DTAC Partners,  NE Tracks LLENCSU and GOTAFE attended the 2017 Regional Education Forum looking at Tertiary Aspirations of the region. Hosted at the Wangaratta Regional Study Centre , educational experts from the region attened, it was noted that our region has extremely low tertiary aspirations compared to that of the rest of the state.

  

2017: June

2017 Health Careers Forum by DTAC Partners

DTAC Partners, NE Tracks LLEN, CSU and GOTAFE host the annual Health Careers Forum, where local students are taken through a range of hands on activities looking at the health Careers. CSU and GOTAFE provide local training opportunities for careers in health.  

 

2017: May

2017 HANDS ON TRADE Day - NE TRACKS LLEN

NE Tracks LLEN with collaboration from, GOTAFE and CSU and variuos industry experts,  host their annual Hands On Trade Day. Where students from all over the region head down to Winton Race way to look at trade career pathways through a range of exhibits and hands on activities.

 

 

2017: May

DTAC Partners - GOTAFE and CSU create Ag in Drone Course.

Inspired by the 2016 STEM Expo, GOTAFE and CSU collaboration to create more STEM Interest in providing a Drones in AG course for locals. 

 

 

2017: April

Google Expedition Kit is purchased for local schools to use.

DTAC purchases it's first digital resource for schools to borrow. A google expedition kit worth $10,000 . $4000 from the Rural City of Wangaratta Community Grant and $6000 from Charles Sturt Uni/Wangaratta Regional Study Centre. 

As part of DTAC submission in the Rural City of Wangaratta Community Grant for the STEM Expo - we said we would put money aside to buy digital resources for the community to use. See all our digital resources

Google expeditions allows students to travel around the world, bottom of the seas and top of mountains in a VR environment. 

Click on image to take you to our webpage about our google expeditions kit. 

2017: February

2017 Education Advantage becomes a DTAC Partner. 

Education Advantage saw what DTAC was doing and was inspired by our vision, aims and goals. They jumped on board to support us and our community.  DTAC Was thrill to have their expertise on board and want to thank them for their support and also for setting up this webpage for us. :-)

Please look at their webpage and see how they can help you and your school. 

2017: January

2017 DTAC Vision/goals and first draft network map created

Team members met in January to wok through the "Program Logic Method" to evelaute the 2016 STEM Expo, it lead us to also look at aims goal and vision for DTAC, in moving forward into the future. We all realised that our collaboration was special and wanted to ensure it continued and broadened.

**click on image to get access to document with network map included.

 

2016: December

2016 Australian VEX Robotics National Championships. 

Wangaratta was awarded the honour of hosting the VEX Robotics National Championships, after Travis Burroughs ( DATTA Vic & VEX Robotics Australia) - met with the DTAC team. This was the first time the National Championships had been held outside of Melbourne.

 

 

2016: August:

2016 STEM Expo: National Science Week. 

PRE-DTAC formation: initial collaboration, our first STEM EXPO

DTAC - was formed after the success of this event, the networking and collaboration between all parties was so successful that a formalised networking group was created - The Digital Technologies Advisory Committee Wangaratta. :-)   

To see more of how our story began: Blog post 

DTAC - won a Rural City of Wangaratta Community Grant to help support the organisation and hosting of the STEM Expo.

Click on image for original article.

The Start of an Adventure!! July 2016 our first meeting of like minds!

Anne Shaw, Anne Geddis, Bernadette Albertson & Maree Timms

The beginnings of DTAC IS FORMED!!