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Science students in the field

Unearthing Science

Energise the budding scientists in your Year 9 and 10 students
Introducing rural and regional students to the concept of independent scientific investigation, with a focus on environmental and ecological research.


Students are encouraged to think critically and curiously about the natural world. In small groups, students will be sent ‘portable labs’ packed with scientific equipment to help guide and facilitate their experiment. 

They will be tasked with designing and carrying out a research project, collecting data from their own local environment or community, and presenting their work in a variety of communication pathways, including social media.

Teachers are given lots of support materials, including manuals on how to design good scientific experiments and guides on how to maximise the program equipment. There is the flexibility to follow our recommended lesson plans, or tailor the program to suit the needs of the classroom.

Along the way, students will;

  • be inspired by a virtual Q&A with a current science researcher
  • given personalised tips and scientific feedback from experienced scientists at the University
  • get an opportunity to use their social media skills and promote their research to local councils and landcare groups.

Program dates

Unearthing Science is exclusively available for high schools in rural regions of New South Wales, is free and available to run in any school term. Please note that the deadline for registration is approximately five weeks before the start of each term, but you can register for any term ahead of time;

Term 2 registration close – 5 April 2019
Term 3 registration close – 28 June 2019
Term 4 registration close – 20 September 2019
Term 1 (2020) registration close – 13 December 2019


To register, please include the following details in your email;

  1. What are your contact details and position?
  2. How many students will be involved in your program?
  3. How many teachers will be running your program?
  4. What are your teachers’ contact details?
  5. Which term would you like to run the program?

Limits of portable labs per school per term apply.

For any enquiries or to register, please contact;
Jo Haddock
Programs Officer
Ph: 9351 5374