Dr Terry Burns and Professor Darren Shafren

News • 14 Nov 2018

University partnerships demonstrate powerful community impact

The University of Newcastle has been named a leader in the higher education sector for successfully developing and driving industry collaborations that have provided significant benefits to Australian communities and beyond.

News • 5 Nov 2018

TAS wins 2018 SEC National Final

Following a year of outreach events across Australia, the 2018 Science and Engineering Challenge (SEC) National Final was recently held in Humpty Doo (Northern Territory). Eight high schools gathered in the Top End to compete in a variety of STEM activities, with many schools making the most of their trip by visiting local Darwin attractions during their stay.

News • 1 Oct 2018

Kia Ora! SEC expands into New Zealand

The University of Newcastle’s award winning Science and Engineering Challenge (SEC) recently crossed the Tasman Sea to run two outreach event days in New Zealand!

News • 29 Mar 2018

SMART starts 2018 with Little Bang Discovery Club

The SMART program started 2018 off with a series of exciting school holiday science sessions. At Rutherford, Salamander Bay and Raymond Terrace libraries, junior scientists got hands on at Little Bang Discovery Club sessions. Children honed their skills in measuring, categorising and hypothesising to explore scientific principles like fluid dynamics and the physics of sound, vibration and magnets!


News • 14 Sep 2017

Year 7 and 8 STEM event a big success

Over 700 students from 30 Hunter high schools went head to head in the week long ‘Build ME a Future Days’ event, at the University of Newcastle in May.

News • 14 Aug 2017

$100,000 grant for Newcastle STEM outreach program

The University of Newcastle’s innovative Science and Engineering Challenge has attracted a $100,000 grant from the NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer’s office to run events and give regional schools access to exciting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) activities.

News • 3 Jul 2017

SMART continues to expand in Northern NSW

The SMART Program was excited to welcome six new presenters to the team in May: Adam, Erin, Elyse, Hayden, Kelly and Sharni, who now join Charlotte, Laura, Nathan and Stephanie! Our presenters enjoyed connecting with families, educators and service providers at the 5th annual ‘You’re Kidding Me Expo’ in Glendale on May 17th.

Photo of team

News • 7 Apr 2017

SMART off to a rolling start in 2017!

SMART finished off 2016 with a bang, presenting more than a dozen of our Best of SMART Liquid Nitrogen Shows for prospective University students on campus - maybe one day they will be presenting these shows! We also farewelled Sarah Pilgrim, SMART Team Leader for 2015-2016, who is on her way to becoming a secondary teacher.

Tasmania Discovery Day

News • 8 Jul 2016

Discovery Day popularity continuing to grow, this time south of Bass Strait

Over 1,200  students from low SES areas in Tasmania got the chance to tackle some Science and Engineering challenges as the Discovery Day tour headed south this past March.

Google EV3 Workshop

News • 8 Jul 2016

Google partnership programming the Challenge into the future!

The Challenge is pleased to announce a continuing partnership with Google (Sydney) that will bring them further into the Computer Science space! Google has generously donated ten EV3 robot kits, laptops and carry cases, as well some initial training for the team by Sally-Ann Williams and Marie Efstathiou.

Challenging New Future for the Science and Engineering Challenge

News • 27 Nov 2014

A Challenging New Future

The Science and Engineering Challenge faces a challenging new future with the introduction of a new charge for those who participate in the program.


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