UNE Boilerhouse Discovery Space

What is the Boilerhouse Discovery Space?

The UNE Boilerhouse Discovery Space will be a destination that encourages a love of learning from a young age and the impact of this will be realised for many years to come.
Professor Annabelle Duncan, Former UNE Vice Chancellor

The Boilerhouse Discovery Space will reinvent the university’s disused, mid-20th century coal-fired boilerhouse as a fun, interactive learning space for young people and their families to engage with Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths (STEAM) based programs.

These programs will stimulate children’s imagination and creativity with play-based experiences in maths, agriculture, energy, music, earth sciences, the brain, language and books and carbon with the aim to generate an interest in lifelong learning.

The reimagined space will include indoor and outdoor play-based activities and will be purpose built to meet the demands of Armidale’s weather and climate. The Boilerhouse will have a range of flexible spaces for onsite learning, functions, events and activities for professional development programs for teachers from across regional NSW.

How you can support the Boilerhouse Discovery Space?

The Boilerhouse will need your commitment to become a reality. Your donation will go towards creating this innovative new space that will help to transform the university’s relationship with its region and create new opportunities for the wider community. All donations to the Boilerhouse Discovery Space Appeal are welcome.

Give To The UNE Boilerhouse Discovery Space Today

Boilerhouse Founding Families and Other Opportunities

If you are interested in making a more substantial commitment towards the Boilerhouse you can become a member of the Boilerhouse Founding Family program.  The Founding Family members have pledged or donated over $100,000 towards this project.

If you would like to  find out how you can join this elite group, please telephone the Director Office of Advancement, Communications & Events on 02 6773 2725 to reserve your place as one of the most important donors for the Boilerhouse Discovery Space.

The future of the Boilerhouse?

UNE has already dedicated $3.6m to rehabilitate the boilerhouse site. The Abbott Foundation has pledged funding of $3.5m to kickstart the Boilerhouse Appeal. A further $12m is required to bring this project to completion before its official opening in 2022.

The Boilerhouse is the main project featured in the 2019 UNE Annual Appeal and the University is applying for grants from all levels of government and running a major capital campaign to gain support from individuals, families, philanthropic and community partners as well as corporate supporters.

When completed the Boilerhouse will also be the home base for the UNE Voyager outreach program which provides classroom-based STEAM activities for teachers and schools in small and rural communities across the Hunter, Northern Rivers and New England North West regions.

Further Information

For further information on how you can support UNE’s Boilerhouse Discovery Space as an individual donor or through your business, please contact the Office of Advancement, Communications & Events on 02 6773 2725 or by email advance@une.edu.au.

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