Our Team

The SMART Program is delivered by a professional team of engaging science communicators,  including current university students, research scientists, teachers, and STEM professionals. The team work collaboratively to develop, test and present enjoyable, inspiring and informative STEM experiences.

We asked our SMART Presenters what they enjoy about working with SMART, their responses are shared below.

2020 SMART Team

"It's really fun! I love seeing children make scientific discoveries, their excitement is contagious. We're lucky we have such a wonderful team and I enjoy working with everyone and also learning from them as well. An added bonus is I get fantastic ideas for activities I can do at home with my children."

Kelly Stevanov | Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) (Honours Class 1), University of Newcastle

"The chance to share my passion for science and how the world works! Educating people is a passion for me and as a SMART presenter I enjoy the opportunity to see the impacts of my actions as I change students perceptions of science and the world around them. I most enjoy seeing people marvel at the wonders of science without even knowing they are learning from the experience!"

Nathan Burke | Phd Candidate, University of Newcastle (Biological Science); Bachelor of Science (Honours), University of Newcastle

"I enjoy spending time with the people that I work with - they are fun and passionate about science. I enjoy working in schools, with teachers and students and providing positive and engaging science education".

Leisl Kennedy | Bachelor of Primary Teaching, Charles Sturt University; Diploma of Education (Secondary Science), 
Charles Sturt University; Bachelor of Science, Macquarie University

"I love meeting all the diverse and interesting people that are a part of science outreach. I also like making people smile and engage with interesting ideas."

Adam Graham | Master of Microbiology, University of Newcastle; Bachelor of Biotechnology (Honours), University of Newcastle

"I love the opportunity to show kids how awesome science is. It's exciting to watch them be so curious and interested in the science activities."

Phoebe Hollott | Student, Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Honours), University of Newcastle

"There is much to say about this! I'll try to keep it short. I love seeing the look of joy in faces when people get a new understanding about the world we live in. I love being able to share my curiosity about the world with people of all ages. I absolutely love delivering science shows, we get to do fun tricks just like in a magic show. But, being able to explain the science behind the trick, to let the audience in on the secrets of how it all works adds a whole extra layer of enjoyment for me and I think for them too!"

Andrew Gibson, Phd | Student, Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine (Joint Medical Program), University of Newcastle; Doctor of Philosophy (Phd) (Physical Chemistry), University of Newcastle; Bachelor of Science (Chemistry) (Honours Class 1), University of Newcastle

"I have always loved exploring the excitement and wonder of science. From understanding simple reactions, to how the world works on the atomic scale, being a SMART presenter allows me to share my passion of science and how the world works, and ignite that spark of passion within others (with a couple of explosions thrown in of course!)."

Hayden Robertson | Phd Candidate, University of Newcastle (Chemistry); Bachelor of Mathematics, Bachelor of Science (Honours), University of Newcastle

SMART Program Team Leader

SMART Program Team Leader

Shelley Wilson

With over a decade of experience in developing and delivering educational (and enjoyable!) activities for students, teachers and community groups, Shelley and is passionate about inspiring people of all ages to engage with STEM.

Shelley is a Little Scientists Network Partner and Trainer, and a Children’s Discovery Museum facilitator for the 'Little Bang Discovery Club' and 'Big Bang Science Workshops'.


  • Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) (Honours Class 1), University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Surveying) (Honours Class 1), University of Newcastle

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