The UNE Discovery Voyager program packs a mobile science expo into a 4.5-tonne truck and, with a diverse and multi-disciplined team of presenters, takes the show on the road to regional schools across northern NSW.
The project utilises a play-based approach to learning to cultivate a passion for inquiry and the intrigue of the world of science, to help open new pathways and spark students' aspirations.
In doing so, the Voyager program is aiming to promote the belief that the scientific world of inquiry and discovery is as much the right of regional students as it is for their metropolitan counterparts, and is there for them to grasp and benefit from.
As Discovery program leader Dr Kirsti Abbott says: "We seek to open up diverse worlds of opportunity to young regional, rural and remote Australians."
To read more on the Voyager program, see Jen Walker's article Early intervention creates a love of learning.
The ground-breaking work of UNE Discovery has been recognised by the NSW Government, which has contributed $6.128 million to an ambitious project that will see the University of New England transform its former boilerhouse building into a revolutionary children's learning space.
- The University of New England is a partner with Australian Community Media in the Future Focus project.