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.

2015 Events

RoboCup Junior | 6 August

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 last year's competition.

Experience Engineering Day

Callaghan 23 July | Central Coast 10 September

School students in years 9 and 10 are invited to experience what life is like at university through the means of condensed engineering lectures and hands on activities.

F1 in Schools | 3 September

This is an annual competition where students are invited to design, test and race model race cars against each other. Spectators and competitiors are welcome to attend this annual event hosted at the forum - University of Newcastle.

Ongoing programs

For bookings and further information on any program or activity please contact Ryan Jeffery (4921 7997) or Jenny Taylor (4921 7840).

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.

Morning Tea | Seminar | Engineering Activity

The Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment often hosts activities and seminars for female students from local high schools.

On March 27 this year, over 140 female school students were invited to experience what life is like on our Callaghan campus and to hear about our student and graduate experiences.

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 last years' activity 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.