Student Program

Illuminating Futures

Did you know millions worldwide are deprived of the basic human right to adequate lighting? The absence of safe and sustainable lighting sources casts a shadow on communities, hindering education, hampering health and dimming hopes for a better future.

Illuminating Futures


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Bendigo Tech School

Learning Program Overview


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The Illuminating Futures program is a beacon of change aligned with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, helping forge pathways toward a brighter and more equitable world for all. In partnership with SolarBuddy, an international organisation driving social change, students will work in small teams to explore energy poverty and assemble a StudentBuddy to be donated to communities in developing countries. Using the Design Thinking Process, students will undertake a design challenge using advanced manufacturing techniques to improve the functionality and user experience of the Student Buddy.

Main Curriculum Focus:

  • Science
  • Digital Technologies
  • Design and Technologies
  • Personal and Social Capabilities
  • Critical and Creative Thinking


Technology Utilised:

  • Advanced manufacturing techniques


Student Outcomes:

  • Gain a greater understanding of the Sustainable Development Goals and issues relating to energy poverty.
  • Produce a prototype using 3D printing and then make improvements in line with iterative design principles.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the Design Thinking Process as a creative problem-solving tool.

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03 5444 7113
Level 3, Engineering & Technology Building,
La Trobe University,
Sharon Street, Flora Hill