Coming to a television near you - Enquiring Minds TV Series

11 March 2013

Imagine turning your hobby and interest to a career. Imagine meeting the experts and getting first hand experience for things that you love. Imagine watching all that unfold on TV and getting the guidance to follow your childhood dream.

Enquiring Minds is an inspirational new series that aims to help children in primary school turn their passion into a career through higher education.

The 11 part series profiles young students with a passion - animals, robots, computer games, mummies - and links them with a current student and academic in the field who explains how they have turned a similar passion or hobby into a career or focus of their study.

"Enquiring Minds is a terrific addition to the work we do through Compass with primary schools kids," said Annette Cairnduff, Director Social Inclusion. "We know that it is important to engage with children early and ignite their curiosity about learning and show them where their passions and interests can lead."

"Enquiring Minds is aimed at primary school children and features primary school children and many common interests. Simply seeding the idea of taking a passion or interest further is really important."

The series will feature a range of interesting topics that will awaken children's curiosity and broaden their knowledge. Experts will welcome and share their experiences with the children and viewers as they embark on a small adventure in each episode.

"Children always dream of what they want to do when they grow up, but often the serious conversations around university study don't occur until they become teenagers. This TV series helps children put themselves into the picture as they meet with adults who share their interests developed through study and research," TVS Executive Producer Rachel Bentley said.

The series is also designed to link to an interactive website (COMING SOON). Smartboard, web apps and curriculum mapping means the series can also be used by teachers as a classroom resource through lesson plans and an online game.

The Enquiring Minds series was developed as part of the Bridges to Higher Education program of which the University is a proud partner.

Click here for a Sneak Preview of the Enquiring mind series.

A special acknowledgment to all the Sydney academics, researchers and alumnus for their time and contributions to the series:

  • Professor Bryan Gaensler, Professor and Australian Laureate Fellow. Director, ARC Centre of Excellence for All-sky Astrophysics.
  • Johanna Featherstone, Honorary Associate, The University of Sydney's School of Letters, Arts and Media. Artistic Director for The Red Room Company.
  • Dr Craig Barker, Manager, Education and Public Programs, Sydney University Museums.
  • Dr Tanya Latty, Postdoctoral Researcher, School of Biological Sciences.
  • Fabian Barcelo, University of Sydney Graduate (Veterinary Science).
  • James O'Regan, University of Sydney Graduate (Dentistry).

Enquiring Minds premieres on Television Sydney (TVS) Digital 44, 7.30pm on March 26.

Bridges to Higher Education is a partnership of five universities: University of Technology, Sydney; Macquarie University; University of Western Sydney; University of Sydney; and the Australian Catholic University, working together to build the participation of students from under represented communities in higher education. Bridges to Higher Education is funded by Commonwealth Government's Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program.