Crazy Ideas College

Ballarat Tech School is excited to be partnering with the Committee for Ballarat and Crazy Ideas College (CIC) to engage Ballarat students to come up with crazy good ideas that respond to issues facing our local community.

The highly successful CIC Social Innovators (SI) program builds the skills, connections and agency of young people so that they have the confidence and capacity to make change happen. The SI program provides a rich learning experience that harnesses the creativity of students, enlivens the concept of community, civics and citizenship and extends connections beyond the school gate.

Over the course of the 3 days students will invent services, programs and products that enrich the lives of their fellow citizens.

Check out the Young Social Innovators flyer here for more details

There are limited spaces in the CIC Social Innovators program to ensure each team has quality support and access to resources and mentors.  Each school is invited to nominate to 2 teams of 3-5 students who are keen to explore the possibilities, develop their ideas and make change happen.

Where: Onsite at Ballarat Tech School
When:      3 days: Monday 23rd August - Wednesday 25th  August 2021
Who:        Teams (3-5 students) of local Ballarat students
Register:  Register using our online form


School Holiday Esports program

This year we will be running a school holiday esports program at the Ballarat Tech School. High school students from the Ballarat Region will have the opportunity to register as an individual or team to participate in a tournament to be run in the September school holidays.

More information is coming soon, but for now contact us register your interest.


2021 Ballarat Youth Awards

Once again the Ballarat Tech School proudly sponsors the STEM Award.

The STEM Award aims to recognise the power STEM learners have to change the world and the future by harnessing science, technology, engineering and maths in innovative ways. The winner has a positive impact on their future by increasing their employability skills, engaging in meaningful learning and having fun along the way. The winner learns independently or as part of a learning network.

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Peter Doherty Science Award 2021

Registration and entries for the 2021 Peter Doherty Science Award (PDSA) will be opening soon. An information and PD evening for teachers will be held on Monday June 21st from 4.30-6.30pm at the Ballarat Tech School for any teachers interested in their students participating in the competition.

Important Dates:

  • Entries open: Monday 12th July (Week 1, Term 3)
  • Submissions close: Wednesday 3rd November

For more information and to register for the program, visit out PDSA webpage.


Semester 2 Bookings are open and filling fast!

We are currently taking bookings for Semester 2 2021. Please contact us now to secure a booking for your students.

You can contact us on 03 5327 8080 or email ballarattechschool@federation.edu.au

You will find our programs in the 2021 Learning Program Overview.


Expressions of interest now open for 2021 Tech School programs

Note:  Expressions of interest are closed. Contact the Tech School if you would like to book a program.

The Ballarat Tech school invites expressions of interest in tentatively booking Tech School programs for 2021 delivery.

Note: Bookings cannot be confirmed at this stage. Once you have registered your interest, we will be in touch to begin confirming dates with you for 2021 delivery.

We thank you for your patience and understanding as we endeavor to provide a fair service to all 17 partner schools in the Ballarat area.

2021 Learning Program Overview


2020 Ballarat Youth Awards

The Ballarat Tech School proudly sponsors the STEM Award.

The STEM Award aims to recognise the power STEM learners have to change the world and the future by harnessing science, technology, engineering and maths in innovative ways. The winner has a positive impact on their future by increasing their employability skills, engaging in meaningful learning and having fun along the way. The winner learns independently or as part of a learning network.

Congratulations to the winner of the 2020 STEM Award: Eliza Wallace.

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Peter Doherty Science Award (PDSA) 2020

Submissions have closed.

The Peter Doherty Science Award recognises novel and creative research into solving everyday issues by students in the Ballarat region.

The Award competition is open to all secondary students in Years 7 – 10 from the Ballarat region. Students can enter in teams of 2 - 5 students.

Finalists will be invited to present their research report to a PDSA judging panel in November 2020.

More information


CSIRO and Tech Schools' Bees with Backpacks Design Challenge 2020

Submissions have closed.

In partnership with CSIRO and sponsored by Telstra, selected Tech Schools are inviting young designers, coders and makers in Years 5-10 + VCAL to join a global project to save bees from extinction.

Students will study food security, bees and bee behaviour to design a local habitat to increase bee activity. Finalists will be mentored by industry to prepare their pitch for the ultimate bee-friendly habitat.

Students will learn the importance of honeybees in maintaining biodiversity across the world and will explore the issues behind the decline of bee populations over the past five decades.

More information


Remote learning programs

The team at Ballarat Tech School (BTS) is pleased to continue supporting partner schools with a range of remote learning activities.

If BTS partner schools would like any additional information about how we can assist to incorporate our programs into your schedule please contact us. We are available to provide remote assistance via phone, email or a MS Teams virtual meeting, and we can attend any virtual classrooms for a Q&A session with students or to provide an overview of program content.

Request access to our remote learning programs. Once your details are registered, an account will be created for you and you will receive your password via email.

Any questions about our program offerings or suggestions about how we can assist you during this period of remote leaning, please do not hesitate to contact the Ballarat Tech School.

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