Bridge Building Podcast Episode 17: Come Fly with Me To The Future of Design and Technology With Simone Buckingham


Just imagine working with a group of young people who are so keen that they come in for hours every week to work on the coolest project. Simone Buckingham leads one of this type of teams at St. Columban’s in Caboolture.  An aerospace school that partners with the likes of Air Bus and Boeing with students looking for careers in the industry, what better way to gain skills and make your self stand out from the crowd than building a fully functional aircraft. 

18 young people aided by many mentors and teachers are doing just that. It is just so exciting. I hope you enjoy. 

Thanks to Simone for the chat!


About the Bridge Building Podcast

“This is the place where we dissect and then discover the many ways ITD teachers all over this country are using their passion to create passionate students. We talk of measuring and manipulating a multitude of materials of design and divergent thought, of creation with our minds and with our hands. And most of all, we talk of growing great young people because of course that is what we do.”

So what does that mean other than I like to show off my alliteration skills? Since coming back to teaching a few years ago the thing that strikes me most, and frankly scared me most is how lonely this job is. How little we know about what is happening in our subject area. The classroom next door, a class in the next school, let alone the next town are a mystery to me. I know there are teachers out there doing incredible things and this (the podcast) is a way for me to find out and be inspired. I would like to invite you along to listen and learn, to be inspired by some of the sensational teachers I speak to on the “Bridge Building Podcast – from technology to the trades”


About the Podcast Host

Stephen Anderson is a Design Technology, Trade Training and accidental Science teacher at a small high school 2 hours North West of Brisbane.


Over To You

To keep this podcast going, I need your help.

If you know someone who is doing something spectacular or just great fun in design and tech or in trade training, I would love to know about them.

Contact me through my email


Music by:

Viola Pink

My favourite busker from the Nanango markets.