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: ASTRO in the classroom

Reach for the stars without even leaving the classroom.

Astrophysicists from the ARC Centre of Excellence for All-sky Astrophysics in 3D (ASTRO 3D) will be beamed into your classroom via video conferencing, live streaming and Skype Q&As to share the universe’s secrets with you. The content is aligned with the Australian Curriculum.

Contact: Janette Ellis
Email: janette.ellis@sydney.edu.au
Phone: +61 2 9036 7527


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 in the photonics research group in the School of Physics 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



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


Website: http://sydney.edu.au/medicine/anatomy/museums/shellshear.php

Website: http://sydney.edu.au/medicine/pathology/museum/

Website: sydney.edu.au/museums/
Contact: Suzanne Kortlucke
Phone: (02) 9351 8746 (enquires and bookings)

In 2019, the Nicholson Museum of antiquity, the Macleay Museum of natural history, ethnography, and science, and the University Art Gallery will be coming together under one purpose-built roof. Modern learning and display facilities will enable visitors to explore the collections in a new light. With a new facility will come new educational opportunities, so keep up to date online.
Website: sydney.edu.au/museums/