Taking place on August 25 at the National Wool Museum in Geelong, ‘Big Wool Day Out’ will be running for a second time after last year’s successful debut.
Laura Murphy, Executive Education Officer with the Design and Technology Teachers Association of Victoria (DATTA Vic) says the seminar will provide primary and secondary teachers with a fun and focused experience.
“So we go from quite a full-on very VCE-targeted session to really fun, hands-on learning, from how to weave, to learning how to felt, something that can be taken back to the classroom afterwards and put into place.”
As well as getting access to the museum and exhibits, participants will hear from Allan De Boos from the Woolmark Company about wool’s growth in the industry and its importance in STEM fields.
“Everybody is talking about STEM and again I think, for textiles teachers, they maybe feel slightly out of the loop because the focus is very much on science and maths,” Murphy says.
“So we also think that this is a great STEM opportunity as well.”
The idea for tailoring a seminar around one of Australia’s most precious commodities grew from the need to cater specifically to textiles in the Design and Technology curriculum.
“We really were committed to doing more for our textiles members … we really felt that there was a scope to do something with wool so that was where it came from,” Murphy says.
In collaboration with the National Gallery of Victoria, Senior textiles conservator Bronwyn Cosgrove will appear via video conference to discuss the care and conservation of wool products.
Participants will also be treated to the Wool Museum’s 2016 Scarf Festival Exhibition.
Murphy says the involvement of the museum lends legitimacy to the event and the work of the teachers involved.
Another plus of the day is that it will provide teachers an opportunity to network with their peers and bounce ideas off each other.