The Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment holds a range of community activities, outreach events and programs throughout the year.

Community outreach

The Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment holds a range of community activities throughout the year. Community interaction and collaboration enriches our operations and makes a significant impact on our success.

The Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment organises a range of community outreach events and programs. These events provide students and other community members an opportunity to engage with exciting technology through different activities and learn about the importance of engineering in our everyday lives.

F1 in Schools 2014

The F1 in Schools Technology Challenge is the world's largest secondary school technology program. It involves over nine million students from 17,000 schools in 31 nations.

Many students engaged in this program have been offered employment by industry before completing their studies, others are pursued by universities with competing scholarships and one has even been head hunted into the real world of Formula 1™ racing as an aerodynamics engineering.

The tournament within the Hunter has been hugely supported and funded by Regional Development Australia's ME program and this is the first year we will see the event on campus.

Last year's winners of F1 for Schools

The event will be held on Monday the 1st of September at The Forum, Callaghan Campus, starting at 9am. Please contact Ryan Jeffery to register your interest in attending.

RoboCup Junior, Newcastle Regional Competition

The Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment have organised and hosted the annual robotics competition since 2012, with participants increasing year by year.

RoboCup Junior is an international educational initiative designed to encourage and inspire students to learn about robotics, engineering and artificial intelligence. The tournament allows students to work collaboratively in teams to solve complex problems using Lego Mindstorm robots.

In 2014, 20 primary and secondary schools across the Hunter competed in the competition, bringing with them over 220 students. Read more about the results from this year's competition.

For further information please visit: or contact Ryan Jeffery.

Gifted and Talented Program

The Gifted and Talented Program is a University of Newcastle initiative, run in conjunction with Merewether High School (NSW Department of Education and Training), providing a pathway for exceptional students from all high schools to undertake first year university courses while attending school.

Composite Analysis and Surveying Activity

Civil Engineering and Surveying is basically everywhere we look, bridges, buildings, and water transport, ECT. Through this activity students are exposed to two distinct fields of engineering both the civil engineering component and surveying.

The civil component explores the principals of material testing, the composites that form the structure of materials and also explains the significance of different types of construction techniques. The surveying component walks students through how the role of a surveyor has evolved over time. This activity also has a practical field experiment where students are taught how to use equipment and mathematics to survey and analyze a piece of land for construction. 

This activity is run both on campus and off campus. For bookings and further information please contact Ryan Jeffery (4921 7997).

Bioloid Programming Activity

The University of Newcastle is home to the NUbots, a team of world champion soccer playing robots. The purpose of the team is to further develop the ever-growing field of artificial intelligence and machine learning.

The Bioloid programming activity provides an opportunity for interested students to program robots and enable the robots to carry out tasks. Through this workshop the students are taught the significance of artificial intelligence, what roles artificial intelligence plays within our day-to-day life and most importantly, they will have some serious fun programming humanoid robots.

Led by students within the NUbots team (both postgraduate and undergraduate) students will gain knowledge and advice if they are looking at pursuing a career within this field.

This activity is run on campus only and for bookings and further information please contact Ryan Jeffery (4921 7997).