Hands-On Activities & Events on campus

The University of Sydney offers a comprehensive range of activities in STEM.

To enquire about any of the activities listed on this page, contact:

Science Alliance
Phone (02) 9114 0825
Fax (02) 9351 7707

Campus tours and School visits

Get an inside look at Australia’s oldest university, and hear from current students about what University Life is really like with a campus tour.

Our student ambassadors can also visit your school to provide advice on all aspects of university.

Visit the University of Sydney Careers Advisers Page to find out more.

Other campus activities

Come on campus for a half-day of science activities and experience all that the University of Sydney Science Faculty has to offer - friendly and inspiring staff, outstanding facilities and breathtaking grounds.


Mathematical Enrichment and Mathematical Olympiad

The Australian Mathematical Olympiad Committee offers a variety of activities ranging from correspondence programs to residential schools, run with the assistance of academic mathematicians throughout Australia. These programs, which are presented in a carefully sequenced arrangement of enrichment activities, offer valuable tuition and resources to students. The most gifted students may be selected for more specialised training directed towards the Mathematical Olympiad.

Contact: Dr Bill Palmer
Phone: (02) 9351 3048
Fax: (02) 9351 4534
Website: www.amt.edu.au

The National Mathematics Summer School

If you are a gifted or talented young mathematics student, you will enjoy the two-week National Mathematics Summer School, sponsored by the University of Sydney. Held in January each year in Canberra, you will study three topics in higher mathematics, attend guest lectures, plus attend a special lecture at the Australian Academy of Science. Students should be in Year 11 when they apply and are selected and ranked by the mathematics teachers.

Date: 3 to 16 January 2016, 8 to 21 January 2017, 7 to 20 January 2018, 6 to 9 January 2019
Contact: Associate Professor Leon Poladian
Phone: (02) 9351 2049
Fax: (02) 9351 4534
Website: www.nmss.edu.au


Astronomy: CAASTRO in the Classroom (Years 5 - 12)

Reach for the stars without ever leaving the classroom. Astrophysicists from the ARC Centre of Excellence for All-Sky Astrophysics (CAASTRO) will be beamed into your classroom via videoconferencing to share with you the secrets of how the universe works. The content is aligned with the Australian Curriculum Science; the Ausralian Curriculum Physics; and the New South Wales Physics SyllabusCosmic.

Duration: 40 minutes
Cost: Free

Contact: Jenny Lynch and Vanessa Moss
Website: www.caastro.org/citc

CUDOS - Photonics (Years 9 - 12)

Photonics is the study of light, covering all technical applications of light over the whole spectrum from ultraviolet over the visible to the near-, mid- and far-infrared. It is becoming increasingly important as we reach the limits of electronics in this information age.

Our dedicated postgraduate students at CUDOS (the Centre for Ultrahigh bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems) are ready and willing to visit schools and present some basic science of light that ties in with the NSW science curriculum and the new National Curriculum. The presentations feature a range of interactive demonstrations and the students talk about what it's like studying physics at University and what career options are available. Visit the CUDOS website for more information.

Duration: ~ 1 hr per presentation or other session lengths can be negotiated
Cost: Free!
Location: Your School in the Sydney area, but we will tour rural and regional areas if there is enough demand from a cluster of schools

Contact: Silke Weiss
Phone: (02) 9351 2637


Design is only limited by a student's imagination and we attempt to foster innovation, inspiration and lateral thinking in our Architecture and Design computing programs. The faculty can offer schools in the Sydney metropolitan area access to world leading academics and top students for school talks or alternately, we're happy to accommodate school visits that include a facilities tour and a talk on either architecture or design computing.

The graduate exhibition (first week of December) showcases the talents of all our graduating students from the architecture and design computing programs. We invite school groups to attend this exhibition.

Contact: Jonathan Hulme
Phone: (02) 9351 7591
Fax: (02) 9351 5665


Engineers, project managers and information technology professionals develop innovative, creative and sustainable solutions that promote positive change worldwide.

Throughout the year we invite high school students on campus to experience what it's all about. Students can participate in fun, interactive workshops, challenges and competitions, tour our facilities and talk to our academics and current students about study options, job opportunities and life at the University of Sydney.

During our workshops, they might get hands-on with the user-friendly microprocessor platform Arduino, create their own avatar, build a railway or a prosthetic leg or race in a fuel cell car challenge.

We host many events during the year, including the National Computer Science School each January and the NCSS Challenge each August. We also sponsor a number of student-led clubs that meet regularly, such as the Girls Programming Network and the Drop Bears - a robotics team participating in the international FIRST Robotics Competition.

Visit the Engineering and Information Technologies website for more information and our calendar of events.

Contact: Phil Henville
Phone: (02) 9114 1229
W: sydney.edu.au/engineering/outreach



The Shellshear Museum is the only museum dedicated to physical anthropology in Australia and holds collections of human skeletons, other primate skeletons, vertebrate skeletons and casts for the study of human evolution. The museum is open to school groups, in addition to functioning as a teaching collection for the Discipline of Anatomy and Histology and research collections for bona fide researchers. Tours of the museum are available, with an explanation of the displays. Workshops provide students with a unique opportunity to observe the structure of human skeletons, and compare them with those of primates and our human ancestors through handling bones and casts.

Contact: Dr Denise Donlon / Dr Sarah Croker
Phone: (02) 9351 4529 / 9351 6545
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Duration: Tour and talk 30 minutes; Workshop 1.5 hours
Maximum: 20 students
Cost: Tour and talk $5/student (inc. GST); Workshop $11/student (inc GST)
Website: sydney.edu.au/medicine/anatomy/museums/shellshear.php

The Nicholson Museum is the largest public antiquities museum in Australia with a collection of archaeological artefacts from Egypt, the Middle East, Greece, Italy and Europe. Guided visits to the Nicholson Museum which focus on the role of science in archaeology and examining the use of scientific dating methods, conservation practices and precise archaeological recording of ancient materials.

Website: sydney.edu.au/museums/collections/index.shtml#Nicholson

The Macleay Museum is a museum of natural history, ethnography and the history of science. Its significant collections, based on the original donation in the 1880s by William John Macleay and later additions, are important for the purposes of historic research and teaching. The Museum offers programs for school visits which focus on various syllabus topics, including science (especially biology and scientific history), history and Aboriginal studies.

Website: sydney.edu.au/museums/collections/index.shtml#Macleay

Contact: Suzanne Kortlucke
Phone: (02) 9351 8746 (enquires and bookings)
Website: sydney.edu.au/museums/education/index.shtml
Cost: General Admission - free

Education program prices:
Primary school:
2 hour visit - $14.00/student (inc GST)
3 hour visit - $16.00/student (inc GST)

Secondary School:
2 hour visit - $16.00/student (inc GST)
3 hour visit - $20.00/student (inc GST)