29 May 2018

Techweek'18 at TechSchool!

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Techweek'18 at TechSchool!

Technology is no longer tomorrow, it is here and transforming our homes, offices, classrooms and futures. After 15 years’ experience and success delivering ICT programmes to local communities, New Zealand School of Education (NZSE) has relaunched its Techschool at NZSE. Motivated by a commitment to working with our communities, industry partners and local businesses, TechSchool will continue to develop capabilities in technology aimed at supporting the economic growth and digital literacy of New Zealand as a whole.

As a sponsor of Techweek’18, TechSchool at NZSE was excited to be involved in a number of headline and festival level events over the week, aimed at reaching everyone and anyone interested in technology, or new to it to share ideas around innovation.

On Tuesday 22nd May, TechSchool at NZSE partnered with ASB and AUT to host an informative Q & A session at the ASB Cube – From Pencils to Pixels - to discuss the skills of tomorrow’s workforce. Moderated by AUT student Emalee Tea, TechSchool’s Senior Lecturer and Head of Research - Dr. Farhad Mehdipour – was a panellist alongside Leigh Angus, ASB’s Head of Innovation and Commercialisation and Kirk Hope, Chief Executive of BusinessNZ. Key topics included the development of new skills in our education system through digital education and how to continue to raise capabilities through lifelong learning, as well as the de-mystification of technology to encourage more experimentation and curiosity as to the possibilities. Discussions raised the important conversation of whether our learning environments are equipped to foster New Zealand’s future technological growth.

On Thursday 24th May, TechSchool’s purpose built Avondale campus hosted interactive daytime and evening events, as an opportunity to showcase Techschool’s industry-relevant programmes in software/hardware, networking, cybersecurity, and applied technology in a diverse range of industries. A day of hands-on demos run by students, informative sessions from the likes of Microsoft, giveaways and snacks attracted school students, industry professionals, families and others interested in learning more about tech, with an emotive haka of thanks being presented by the students of In-Zone alternative education in gratitude for the great day had by all.

Keynote speaker Ira Munn drew a varied crowd, all eager to listen to him speak about his current work creating NZ’s first 3D printed car. This provided all who attended the opportunity to hear from a globally recognised tech “guru”, inspiring students and stakeholders alike to push the barriers and answering some great questions and the financial and economical sustainability of such takes on technological advances.

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Celebrating the 2018 theme of ‘Good for the world’ Techschool is excited to continue to foster an ideology of:
• Encouraging thinking outside the computer box and the development of creative tech solutions to real-world problems.
• Bringing technology to local communities, engaging in tech research and delivering high quality programmes recognised and supported by industry. 
• Fostering a vibrant campus life, with flexible and focused, modern learning spaces led by industry-experienced techsperts.
• Strong graduate outcomes, through providing opportunities to interact with our growing network of industry partners, and get involved in real projects, undertake internships and build solid career pathways and soft skills throughout their studies.

Flip the switch to tech that works – techschool@nzse.ac.nz