SMART Program

SMART: Science Maths and Real Technology

The University's SMART program creates and delivers innovative and engaging Science Shows, hands-on STEM Workshops, and Teacher Professional Development sessions, designed to support and complement the NSW Science and Technology K-6 Syllabus.

SMART activities can be delivered in schools, at community venues, or on campus at the University, by our professional team of university students, research scientists, teachers and STEM professionals.

SMART has been inspiring, informing and involving young people and community audiences with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) since 1998. As a not-for-profit outreach program, SMART welcomes support from industry partners, sponsors and philanthropists.


June-July School Holidays (2021)

Children in years 3-6 (aged 8-12) are invited to join the SMART team for new, hands-on science & engineering workshops during the June-July School Holidays!

Workshops will be held at Callaghan campus. Click here for more information and registration details.

Afternoon STEM Club

Afternoon STEM Club

SMART are preparing to launch an after-school STEM Club in late 2021, designed for children in years 3-6 (aged 8-12). For more information, please click here.

Science Shows

SMART science shows use demonstrations, experiments, drama, and multi-media to explore STEM concepts, and spark aspirations for future careers.

Science shows are usually 50 minutes in duration. Timing and content can be tailored to suit event requirements and learning needs.

STEM Workshops

SMART hands-on STEM workshops offer enjoyable, inquiry-based learning experiences in science, engineering, coding, and robotics.

Workshops can be delivered as stand alone sessions (1 - 2 hours duration), be packaged into full-day events, or delivered as a multi-week lesson series.

Teacher Professional Development

SMART offer professional development workshops, designed to support teachers to build skills and confidence in delivering STEM learning activities.

Teacher workshops can be delivered as an after-school 1-2.5 hour workshop, be packaged into a full-day session, or be tailored into a multi-part series.

SMART and COVID-19
  • Booking enquiries for SMART science shows and workshops are welcome.
  • Online delivery of some SMART activities is possible. Please contact us to discuss your learning needs.
  • For the most up-to-date information on The University of Newcastle's response to COVID-19, please visit https://www.newcastle.edu.au/covid-19

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