Podcast

Curiosity Built the Boilerhouse

Interviews with leaders in early childhood education, play space design, and all things STEM about how to educate and inspire the next generation of leaders and innovators.

Curiosity Built the Boilerhouse documents the building and development of the Boilerhouse Discovery Space, an immersive early childhood discovery space being built at the University of New England, in regional NSW, Australia. If you are interested in science communication, early childhood education, science centres, and discovery spaces, then this podcast is for you!

Christopher Abbott is a philanthropist and founder of the Abbott foundation. His work towards supporting early childhood education in Australia lead to the inception of the Boilerh...

Rebekah Collins is the manager of SparkLab at the Queensland Museum. SparkLab is a hands-on interactive science centre that invites visitors to explore, experiment, and learn throu...

Lorien Parker founded SciencePlay Kids to inspire young children by showing them that science is everywhere and in everything. After beginning her career as a medical research scie...

Jackie Randles is the NSW Manager of Inspiring Australia, a government backed initiative to create meaningful connections between scientists and society. Often this takes the form ...

Dr Dorothy Smith is the head of STEM education at the University of New England. In this interview we talk about the challenges of teaching STEM in the face of student disengagemen...

Naomi Blakey is the Cultural Collections Officer for Tamworth Regional Council. In this interview we talk about the Tamworth Powerstation Museum, a volunteer run, community driven ...

Jared Wilkins is the Senior Manager of National Programs at Questacon, Australia’s National Science and Technology Centre. In this interview we talk about how Questacon’s progr...

Bobby Cerini is the Director of Science and Learning at Questacon, Australia’s National Science and Technology Centre. In this interview we talk about the mammoth challenge of ma...

Tony Okely is the Director of Research at Early Start at the University of Wollongong. In this interview we talk about how the researchers and academics of Early Start work within ...

Galia Urquhart is the director of Yarm Gwanga, an early childhood centre at the University of New England providing day-care to the New England community. In this interview we talk...

John Stewart is the conductor of the Living School in Lismore, NSW. The Living School was established with one simple goal in mind – to be different. In this interview we chat ab...

Kristin Alford is the Director of the Museum of Discovery at the University of South Australia. The Museum of Discovery is a future focussed museum that tackles some of the biggest...

Stuart Creal is the Director of Science Space at the University of Wollongong. In this interview we talk about how Stuart’s career path has taken him from being a boat builder in...

Ben Newsome is the founder of Fizzics Education, a science education company that brings science shows and experiences to communities across Australia. In this interview we talk ab...

Adam Sellinger is the Director of Children’ Discovery, an organisation dedicated to bringing playful learning experiences to children and their families across Australia. In this...

Stephen Long is the Principal Architect for the Boilerhouse Discovery Space. He and his colleagues at Architectus, along with their partner James Cubitt Architects, will be bringin...

Dr Sue Elliott is a Senior Lecturer at the University of New England and specialises in studying early childhood education practices. In this interview we talk about how education ...

Curiosity Built the Boilerhouse follows the journey of a decommissioned industrial building in regional Australia being rebuilt into a children's discovery space. Each episode feat...