Faculty of Engineering and Built EnvironmentFaculty of Engineering and Built Environment

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.

HunterWISE Women in STEM


HunterWiSE is an initiative that establishes mentorship avenues for women in STEM throughout the Hunter region; promoting positive collaboration and sharing of experiences.

The HunterWiSE program features two key interlinked actions aimed at increasing the number of girls and women participating in STEM. The first is a targeted school intervention, and the second is a series of networking events for female STEM professionals across the Hunter.

Find out more

Science and Engineering ChallengeScience and Engineering Challenge

The Science and Engineering Challenge is a nationwide STEM outreach program where students experience aspects of Science and Engineering which they would not usually see in their school environment.

The Challenge began as a University of Newcastle (UON) outreach program and in 2005, the Challenge expanded to become a national program.

UON's Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment continues to provide staff, resources and a large amount of baseline funding to the challenge program.

Visit the Challenge website


RoboCup Junior

RoboCup Junior is a project oriented educational initiative that sponsors regional, national and international robotic events for young students. It is designed to introduce primary and secondary school children to the fundamentals of teamwork, and complex problem solving through step-by-step logical thinking using computers (robots) as a tool to complete the task.

The main objective of RoboCup Junior is to encourage the next generation to pursue and take interest in scientific and technological fields to cultivate their interests through hands on approaches to robot creation using platforms such as the Lego Mindstorm education kit. Students are invited to compete in three distinct disciplines; soccer, dance and rescue.

The Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment have organised and hosted the annual robotics competition since 2012, with participants increasing year by year. Please feel welcome to come along and watch the action unfold!

F1 in Schools

This is an annual competition where students are invited to design, test and race model race cars against each other.

F1 in Schools 2015

Ongoing programs

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.

robogalsRobogals is an international not-for-profit organisation that aims to increase female participation in Engineering, Science and Technology through fun and educational initiatives aimed at girls in primary and secondary school.

They offer free school workshops from an experienced collective of university students studying at the University of Newcastle, and are flexible in our booking times and locations. They prefer female students from years 5-8 in a class size of 25 or less, but will cater to more than one workshop running at a time if more than 25 students wish to participate.

They offer a combined 1-2 hour/s Engineering, Science and Technology talk immediately followed by course specific activities and workshops, involving such things as Robotic Mind Storm kits, science experiments and crafts.

If you have an enquiry about Robogals Newcastle or would like to book a workshop, please contact them via email.

Careers Day

The Faculty frequently hosts Women in Engineering and Built Environment Careers Days at our Callaghan Campus. Local high school students are invited to hear from current female students and graduates from engineering and built environment backgrounds.

View a video of one of our sessions below.

Discipline-Specific Activities

Design Day

Delivery: On Campus

Through this activity, the students gain a valuable insight into how a design turns from a theoretical concept into a practical design. This activity takes place on campus several times a year, read about the outcomes from past activities here.


Delivery: On Campus

The activity combines computer science with a blend of engineering disciplines to educate students how robotic software and hardware work with each other in harmony to make a robotic system.


Delivery: on & off campus

This is a scenario based activity where the students are asked to plan and organise the construction of a two story office block, but must carefully estimate materials, time and budget to deliver an effective solution to the problem.

Circuit Design

Delivery: On & Off campus

This activity uses practical and theoretical teaching methods to educate students on how mathematics integrates with practical circuit board design.

F1 Car Design

Delivery: On Campus

Within this activity, students get to design and test their own model f1 race-car on an indoor circuit. Students ge to split up into teams to formulate the best design for an F1 race car.

Surveying Field Activity

Delivery: On & Off campus

This activity is an outdoor, practical activity which involves the uses of theodolites and requires students to locate co-ordinates on a field for the construction of a building.