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.

These activities 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.


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: www.robocupjunior.org.au 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).

Estimating Activity

Construction management is one of the world's most crucial and highly valuable professions within a very lucrative industry.

This activity takes the shape of an estimating task, where students are provided a scenario to construct an item within budget, resource and time limitations.

Students are split into groups of five, with each student assuming a key role of construction management. These include a project manager, a quantity surveyor, a design manager, a scheduler, and finally a contract manager.

This activity details the significance of teamwork, planning and theory, to provide a deeper understanding of construction management to students.

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

Circuit Board Electronics Activity

Circuits are at the heart of almost every creation and technological breakthrough ranging from streetlights, computers, smartphones, robotics and the list goes on.

Circuits can be designed in a wide variety of forms with many diverse applications. School students are invited to take part in a classroom-based activity that walks through three key areas of circuit design and how they apply to electronics through a series of scenarios.

The following items are taught in this activity:

  • Students are taught how to write the appropriate circuit diagrams
  • Students are taught step-by-step instructions on how to assemble their own working circuit board
  • Students are taught the significance of how programming code enables a circuit to work

This activity can be demonstrated both on campus and off campus using arduino spark fun inventors kits. Please note; off campus workshops will require access to computers with appropriate software.

Please note: this activity is still currently being finalised for school rollout.

On campus delivery only, for bookings and further information please contact Ryan Jeffery (4921 7997).