Schools and Community Engagement
The Faculty of Science has a proud tradition of working with the local community and is committed to ongoing engagement to benefit students, schools, parents and teachers.
We run annual activities and host exciting events throughout the year which aim to teach our young emerging leaders about the importance and relevance of science. This also gives the local community an opportunity to engage with our researchers and experience world class technology and facilities here at the University of Newcastle. Check out the fantastic activities below.
UoN Faculty of Science students get to travel the world – whether visiting the proboscis monkeys of Borneo, or diving into the depths with Marine Sciences – checkout drone and other footage of these and further opportunities with the Faculty of Science
Continuing to evolve, we invite you to consider the many events and activities for schools and communities to engage with in 2019, and annually.
Hosted annually in mid-late May, Stage 3 (Year 7/8) students get to engage with hands-on Science and Engineering activities, hear from industry and UoN personnel about where STEM can lead you and how UoN can help.
Hosted annually in November with teacher and other workshops throughout the year – build your own EV and compete for great prizes!
Faculty of Science’s 'Woo, NEW, and You!' event was a huge success - filled with fun, education and laughter, the event exponentially increasing student interest in mathematics and statistics.
Australia’s inaugural Women in STEM Ambassador, and internationally-renowned astronomer and astrophysicist, Prof Lisa Harvey-Smith, concluded her national When Galaxies Collide tour with her final show at The University of Newcastle, Griffith Duncan Theatre.
Key internal and external STEM-related awards and opportunities are listed here.
The Faculty of Science at the University of Newcastle is keen to encourage academic excellence in high school students. The Faculty provides an Excellence Award that recognises outstanding achievement by Year 11 students.
To celebrate National Science week, The Faculty of Science are holding their 'Science in Practice - Developing our World' Festival on Sat 17 August 2019. Last year over 400 people participated in fun and interactive activities for the whole family.
This unique program designed for HSC Biology, Chemistry or Physics students, aims to improve their skills and knowledge using a hands-on approach for selected difficult experiments and concepts. Students attend UON for a day in the labs with scientists.
The Science and Engineering Challenge is a national outreach program designed to inspire students to study science and engineering. Students are involved in an exhilarating competition competing against other schools in fun and engaging hands-on activities such as designing an earthquake proof tower, building a hovercraft or bridge, providing electricity to a city or creating an environmentally friendly house.
The Science, Maths and Real Technology (SMART) outreach program offers live, interactive, demonstration based science shows. SMART shows and workshops support the K-6 science and technology curriculum and can be delivered in schools, at community venues or at the University of Newcastle. SMART shows use audience interaction, demonstrations, drama, stories, robots and multimedia to explore STEM concepts and careers. SMART workshops offer inquiry-based learning through hands on STEM exploration.
The Young Mathematicians Program is a series of outreach activities that provide a supportive and non-threatening environment in which high school students can pursue their interest in mathematics.
The National Schools Poster Competition is a fun, project-based learning activity which encourages secondary students to develop, implement and creatively report upon a topic of interest to them... for great prizes!