ACMI and Geelong Tech School pilot Virtual X: a new program to support regional students build skills in emerging technology

The Geelong Tech School classroom will become a virtual canvas in December as students from Oberon High School experiment with VR design – the first kids in Australia to trial the new Virtual X program.

The program aims to strengthen pathways into careers in emerging technology for regional students.

Students will follow a design brief authored by ACMI to conceptualise, design and produce a virtual work that may be selected for inclusion in a public exhibition next year. Students will develop their interpersonal skills and capabilities while exploring 3D modelling, prototyping and VR design using Microsoft Tilt Brush — an app that allows you to paint in 3D space using virtual reality.

The Geelong Tech School will continue to run trials of Virtual X in Semester 1, 2021 and the initiative will be open to bookings for partner schools in July 2021.

The Tech Schools partnership with ACMI is made possible through the support of Gandel Foundation.

Quotes attributable to John Gandel AC, Chairman of Gandel Foundation: “The COVID pandemic posed many challenges for students, many of which were connected to technology and digital learning. As such, ACMI’s emphasis on strengthening tech learning and fostering creativity in young people, including students in the Geelong region, has probably never been more important.

It is clear that ACMI is one of the leading cultural institutions, but also one that is a hub of learning and education, both at their museum in Fed Square and through programs such as this Tech Schools initiative. Gandel Foundation is proud to be in partnership with ACMI to help strengthen pathways for young people from regional Victoria into industry and employment through this program.”

Quotes attributable to Christine Evely, Head of Education, ACMI

“ACMI is extremely excited to partner with the Geelong Tech School to deliver this program to students in the Geelong region. We’re committed to being global leaders in moving image education, and the Virtual X program will teach students skills and capabilities that are in high demand in today’s digital world – combining design and art practices with new technology, while building very important skills in communication, collaboration and critical and creative thinking.

This partnership would not have been possible without the generous support of Gandel Foundation, who have been dedicated advocates of ACMI and digital literacy education.”

Quotes attributable to Leanne Collins, Director Geelong Tech School “The Geelong Tech school are very excited to work with the Gandel Foundation providing the amazing opportunity to work collaboratively with ACMI to develop innovative programs, launching opportunities and developing networks in regional Victoria