Community outreach

The Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment supports 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.

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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.

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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

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.