The University of Newcastle, Australia

Science Shows and Workshops

SMART offers a broad range of engaging science shows and STEM workshops, catering to audiences of all ages. If a topic or theme of interest is not currently listed on our website, please feel welcome to contact SMART to discuss your learning needs.

Our shows and workshops aim to support the outcomes of the NSW Science and Technology K-6 Syllabus. Most content can be tailored for delivery to junior high school students, adult learners and community audiences.


Science Shows

SMART Bots 2.0

SMART Bots 2.0

Meet the SMART Bots! Robots and computers are all around us. Together we'll decide if a toaster is a robot, examine how humans and computers communicate, and share ideas for what could robots do in the future.

Featured SMART Bots include:

  • Andy, the dancing robot
  • Eva, the Rubik’s Cube solving Lego robot
  • Travis, the miniature drone
Earth’s Resources

Earth’s Resources

Explore Earth’s living and non-living resources. Investigate recycling, reduction and reuse, with a focus on plastics and renewable energy.

Highlights include:

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  • Fruit loops vs fruit
  • Rice paper rain-coats
  • Bubble wrap disposal
  • Wind and solar power demonstrations
Elec-Tricks

Elec-Tricks

Travel through time and across the globe to explore electricity through the ages. Explore: What is electricity? How do we control it? What do we use it for?

Highlights include:

  • Static electricity ‘wand’ demonstration
  • Van de Graaf Generator demonstrations
  • Human ‘generator’ demonstrations
  • Wind and solar power demonstrations
Best of SMART Science Show

Best of SMART Science Show

Explore ‘States of Matter’ through engaging physics and chemistry demonstrations, features Liquid Nitrogen and a range of chemical reactions.

Highlights include:

  • Elephants Toothpaste
  • Liquid Nitrogen Bubbles
  • Alka-seltzer Rockets
  • Air-Cannon with Smoke Rings

Science Show Logistics

SMART science shows are usually 50 minutes in duration. Show length and content can be adjusted to suit school bell-times and student learning needs.

For most schools, we recommend a maximum audience size of 3 to 4 classes, or 120* students per show. All SMART shows can be tailored to small groups and small venues*. Some of our shows can be delivered to larger audiences.

Science shows can be booked as single shows, however, most schools choose a full-day SMART visit*, enabling delivery of up to 4 shows during the school day. For full-day visits, our presenters require a minimum of 15 minutes between shows to re-set.

On the day of your SMART visit, our presenters will require access to the show venue (school hall, library, or classroom) for a minimum of 1 hour prior to the start time of the first show, for set-up and preparation. After the final show, our presenters will require continued access to the venue for pack-down, for up to 1 hour.

Example schedule for a full-day SMART visit:

  • 8am, SMART team arrive for sign-in and set-up
  • Science Show 1: 9.15am - 10.15am
  • Science Show 2: 10.30am - 11.30am
  • Break
  • Science Show 3: 12pm - 1pm
  • Science Show 4: 1.15pm - 2.15pm
  • 3.15pm SMART team sign-out and depart

* Participant numbers and delivery modes are subject to change at short notice, subject to COVID-19 advice.

Costs 

Term 3 and Term 4, 2020

For schools within 1 hour drive from Callaghan Campus, the minimum fee for 1 x SMART show is $950.

Example quotation for a full-day SMART visit, for schools within 1 hour drive from Callaghan:  
$950   (base fee, 1 show)   +   3 x $250   (fee for additional shows, same: day, show, venue)    =    $1700

Please contact SMART to arrange a tailored quotation for your school.


Workshops

Duration and logistics

SMART workshops offer enjoyable, inquiry-based learning experiences in science, coding, and robotics. Duration and content can be tailored to suit school bell-times and student learning needs. Workshops can be packaged into a multi-week series of lessons on request.

Single workshops are usually 60 to 120 minutes in duration. SMART workshops can be booked as single sessions, however most schools choose to extend their SMART visit* to a full-day, with up to 4 workshops during the day. As our workshops extend on our science show content, some schools choose to book a combined day of science shows and workshops. For full-day visits, our presenters require a minimum of 15 minutes between sessions to re-set.

On the day of your SMART visit, our presenters will require access to the learning space for a minimum of 1 hour prior to the agreed start time for the first session, for set-up and preparation. After the final session, our presenters will require continued access to the learning space for pack-down, for up to 1 hour.

SMART workshops can be delivered for schools, OOSH, libraries and community groups.

In-school workshops are designed for single classes of up to 30* students, and community based workshops are usually capped at 20* participants. Most SMART workshops can be adapted for virtual (online) delivery.

* Participant numbers and delivery modes are subject to change at short notice, subject to COVID-19 advice.

Costs 

Term 3 and Term 4, 2020

For venues within 1 hour drive from Callaghan Campus, the minimum fee for 1 x SMART workshop is $725.

Example quotation for a full-day SMART visit, for venues within 1 hour drive from Callaghan:  
$725   (base fee, 1 workshop)   +   3 x $325   (fee for additional workshops, same: day, workshop, venue)    =    $1700

Please contact SMART to arrange a tailored quotation.