Stay right where you are! The Discovery Voyager team comes to you, wherever you are in northern NSW, with interactive, curriculum-aligned activities grounded in science but limited only by your imagination. We offer activities in ecology, physics, chemistry, Latin/biology, precision agriculture, sports science palaeontology, and natural history based on our collections showcased in the UNE Natural History Museum.
We run curriculum-aligned activities in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Maths) that are ~45 minutes long for up to 30 students in each activity, and our catchment is from the Queensland border in the north to around Muswellbrook in the south, and from the coast to the Castlereagh Highway in the west.
Based on travel times and the vast distances between schools in our region, we situate ourselves in a location to engage with proximate communities in a specific week, usually schools within 100kms of each other. Please view our calendar to see when we’re in your area, and register your interest on our booking from.
Where possible, we will continue to travel to schools to deliver face-to-face visits, following strict COVID-19 mitigations to ensure the safety and wellbeing of staff and students. In the event that travel is not possible, we have adapted our activities for online virtual deliveries. During a virtual visit, we engage with students in the classroom via videoconferencing platforms such as Zoom. Teachers will need to gather a few very easy to find resources beforehand, and help us run the sessions on the day. So even if we are unable to travel, we can still bring interactive and inspirational experiences to your students!
We are scientists, science communicators and educators passionate about sharing our knowledge in new and exciting ways. We all like to explore, play and ask lots of questions, so we lead by example, encouraging students to do the same!
UNE Discovery aims to enhance childhood development during the years of greatest change and learning in a human’s life; the years where children benefit from variety in their daily life, and where unrestricted opportunities for self-directed play offer powerful neurological gains. Through transformative and exploratory experiences in science, art, music, languages and movement, we want to make the early years count.
We guide students through concepts and content that are related to, but extend topics, skills and understandings in the Australian school curricula. Our facilitators are scientists and focussed on engaging language, quickly developing a rapport with students, and encouraging eureka moments through self-directed exploration.