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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.

2019 Calendar of Events

Continuing to evolve, we invite you to consider the many events and activities for schools and communities to engage with in 2019, and annually.

If you are a staff member, click here to view the Calendar of Events (staff login required).

Science in Practice: Developing our World

To celebrate National Science week, the Faculty of Science held Science in Practice - Developing our World. The event featured fun and interactive activities for the whole community.

Woo V Spencer: Endgame

This event will bring together outstanding STEM experts from the University, Education and Industry and the awesome Eddie Woo and Adam Spencer.  The event will be held at the University of Newcastle on Wednesday 11 September 2019.  Click here for more information and to register for the event.


This unique program is conducted annually and is designed for HSC Biology, Chemistry and Physics students. It aims to improve students skills and knowledge using a hands-on approach for a range of experiments and concepts.

Electric Vehicle (EV) and Mini EV Competitions

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.

When Galaxies Collide

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.

Build ME a Future Days

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.

STEM Awards and Opportunities

Key internal and external STEM-related awards and opportunities are listed here.

Year 11 Excellence Awards

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.

Science and Engineering Challenge

Science and Engineering Challenge

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.

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SMART (Science, Maths and Real Technology)

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.

Young mathematicians

Young Mathematicians Program

The Young Mathematicians Program is a series of outreach activities that provide a supportive environment in which high school students can develop realise and pursue their interest in mathematics.

2014 Poster Winners

National Schools Poster Competition

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!


For Faculty of Science Community Outreach and Engagement enquiries email FSCI-Community-Outreach@newcastle.edu.au