The University of Newcastle, Australia

SMART Program

For over 21 years, the SMART* Program has developed and delivered engaging, educational science shows and workshops, designed to INSPIRE, INFORM and INVOLVE young people in STEM**.

Our science shows and workshops are delivered by a professional team of science communicators. Our diverse team includes university students, teachers and STEM professionals.

SMART science shows and workshops support the outcomes of the NSW Science and Technology K-6 Syllabus, and can be delivered in schools, at community venues, or on campus at the University of Newcastle. Shows and workshops can be tailored to suit junior high school and community audiences.

*SMART: Science Maths And Real Technology
**STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics.


Science Shows

Our interactive science shows use demonstrations, experiments, drama, and multi-media to explore STEM concepts, and spark ideas for future careers. Science shows are usually 50 minutes in duration, however, timing and content can be adapted to suit event requirements and learning needs.

Workshops

Our workshops offer enjoyable, inquiry-based learning experiences in science, STEM, coding and robotics for young people and adults. Workshops can be delivered as stand alone sessions (1 - 2 hours duration), or, be packaged into a full-day event or multi-week lesson series.

Teacher Professional Development

SMART offer a variety of professional development workshops, designed to support teachers to build skills and confidence in delivering STEM learning activities. Click here for 2020-2021 teacher professional development opportunities.

As a Little Scientists Australia Local Network Partner, SMART are endorsed to deliver Little Scientists' NESA registered professional development workshops. Little Scientists workshops are designed for early childhood educators and teachers, to develop confidence in planning and implementing inquiry-based STEM learning experiences.

Supported by Google's Educator PD Grants program, SMART offer introductory digital technologies and computer science workshops for teachers, exploring computational thinking, coding, and robotics activities.

SMART and COVID-19

  • In-person delivery of SMART science shows and workshops has necessarily paused during the first half of 2020. 
  • Online delivery of some SMART workshops is possible! Please contact us to discuss your learning needs.
  • From June 15 2020, incursions that support the curriculum are again possible in NSW schools. Booking inquiries for Term 3 and Term 4 delivery of SMART science shows and workshops are welcomed.
  • 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