Science Shows and STEM Workshops

SMART Science Shows and STEM Workshops aim to support and complement the NSW Science and Technology K-6 Syllabus and are designed for primary school students.

If a topic of interest to your school is not listed on our website, please feel welcome to contact the SMART team to discuss your learning needs. Our library of shows and workshops is extensive!


Science Shows, 2021

Changing Properties

Changing Properties

Through engaging physics and chemistry demonstrations, presenters and students explore material properties and behaviours, and investigate: states of matter; physical and chemical changes; heating, cooling and combining materials; chemical reactions.

Show highlights include:

  • Interactive brainstorming and idea sharing
  • Elephants Toothpaste Chemical Reaction
  • Liquid Nitrogen Demonstrations
  • Alka-Seltzer Rockets
  • Air-Cannon Smoke Rings
SMARTBots 2.0

SMARTBots 2.0

This interactive, technology focused show explores how humans, computers and robots communicate; introduces core coding concepts (algorithms, branching, loops, and iteration); examines the differences between humans and robots; and investigates how technology can be used to develop solutions to problems.

Featured SMARTBots include:

  • Andy, the humanoid robot
  • Eva, the Rubik’s Cube solving robot
  • Travis, the miniature drone
Renewable Resources

Renewable Resources

Through this interactive show, presenters discuss with students the interdependency of Earth’s living things and their environment; examine the sustainability of natural and renewable resources; investigate the selection of materials for different uses; and explore the the transformation of light, heat and wind energy into electrical energy.

Show highlights include:

  • Interactive brainstorming and idea sharing
  • Renewable vs non-renewable demonstrations
  • Plastic water bottle life-cycle exploration
  • Bubble wrap vs packing peanut (starch) experiments
  • Energy transformation demonstrations
Electrical Energy

Electrical Energy

Through this interactive show, presenters travel through time and across the globe to investigate electrical energy with students, exploring:

  • What is electricity?
  • How can electrical energy be generated?
  • How do humans store, control and use electrical energy?

Show highlights include:

  • Interactive brainstorming and idea sharing
  • Static electricity experiments
  • Van de Graaf Generator demonstrations
  • Energy transformation: movement (kinetic), wind, heat, light (solar)
  • Investigation of circuits, switches, conductors and insulators

Science Show Logistics

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

Our presenters require access to the show venue for 1 hour prior to the start of the first show for set-up. After the final show, our presenters require continued access to the venue for pack-up, for up to 1 hour.

Show schedules are tailored to suit school bell times for full-day visits, and to enable re-set time between shows.

Example schedule for a full-day SMART visit:

  • 8am:         SMART team arrive for sign-in and set-up
  • 9.15am:    Science Show 1
  • 10.30am:  Science Show 2
  • 12pm:       Science Show 3
  • 1.30pm:    Science Show 4
  • 3.30pm:    SMART team sign-out and depart

Audience size: We recommend a maximum audience size of 120* students (3-4 classes) per show. Shows can be adjusted for small groups and small venues*. Some shows can be delivered to larger* audiences for whole school assemblies or community events.

Number of shows: Science shows can be booked as single sessions. Most schools choose to book multiple shows, and SMART can deliver up to 4 repeat shows during the school day.

Venue: A school hall, library or large classroom are usually suitable venues for SMART shows. Access to power in the show space is needed, as well as access to nearby facilities for water supply, equipment cleaning and hand-washing. Show spaces need to be well-ventilated (an open door or window) and comply with workplace heath* and safety requirements.  Some SMART shows can be adapted to outdoor delivery, for example under a COLA.

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


Science Show Costs, 2021 
Number of Science
Shows per day
Sub-Total
(ex GST)
Total **
(incl. GST)
Indicative cost per student
(120 students per show)
    
One$1050$1155$9.65 pp
Two$1250$1375$5.75 pp
Three$1450$1595$4.45 pp
Four$1650$1815$3.80 pp
    

**Please note:

  1. Additional travel costs may apply for schools located more than 1 hour drive from Callaghan Campus.
  2. Surcharges apply on weekends. Costs listed above are for science shows delivered on weekdays.

For science show booking enquiries, please contact the SMART Program on 02 4921 7187 or email smart@newcastle.edu.au


STEM Workshops, 2021

SMART's workshops offer hands-on, inquiry-based learning experiences in science, coding, and robotics.

SCIENCE WORKSHOPSTECHNOLOGY WORKSHOPS
  
Magnetism (K-6)Lego MINDSTORM EV3 Robotics (Stage 2-4)
Force and Pressure (Stage 2-3)Sphero BOLT Robotics  (Stage 2-4)
Chemistry Lab (Stage 2-3)Edison Robotics (Stage 1-3)
Light (Stage 2-3)Bee-Bots (K-3)
Human Body (K-6)Coding with Scratch (Stage 2-3)

Workshop Logistics

Duration: SMART workshops are usually 60 to 90 minutes in duration. Length and content can be adjusted to suit school bell-times and student learning needs.

Our presenters require access to the workshop venue for 1 hour prior to the start of the first workshop for set-up. After the final workshop, our presenters require continued access to the venue for pack-up, for up to 1 hour.

Workshop schedules are tailored to suit school bell times for full-day visits, and to enable re-set time between workshops.

Example schedule for a full-day SMART visit:

  • 8am:          SMART team arrive for sign-in and set-up
  • 9am:          Workshop 1
  • 10.30am:   Workshop 2
  • 12.30pm:   Workshop 3
  • 2pm:          Workshop 4
  • 4pm:          SMART team sign-out and depart

Group size: In-school workshops are designed for single classes of up to 30* students, and community based workshops (e.g. library, OOSH, PCYC) are usually capped at 20* participants. Some 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.

Number of workshops: Workshops can be booked as single sessions, or be scheduled to enable rotations of students through different activities for an engaging hands-on 'STEM Day'. Workshops can be delivered as a multi-week lesson series on request.

Venue: A school hall, library or large classroom are usually suitable venues for SMART workshop. Access to power may be needed, as well as access to nearby facilities for water supply, equipment cleaning and hand-washing.


Workshop Costs, 2021

Please contact the SMART Program on 02 4921 7187 or email smart@newcastle.edu.au for a tailored quotation.

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