Activities

The UNE Discovery Voyager has developed a range of activities across all subjects to bring to your schools! We work with scientists and educators from the University of New England to bring you activities that are not only fun and educational, but that align with the NSW school curriculum. Many also extend the Primary Connections and Science by Doing programs.

Our dynamic team can tailor lessons to suit students of all ages and abilities, differentiating their teaching approach and rapidly building a rapport with students. We are passionate about curiosity-driven learning, and our activities are exploratory and play-based. For older students, this includes collecting their own observational and experimental data to answer questions posed in the classroom.  We encourage kids to get outside, get their hands dirty, and direct their own learning – to observe, question, investigate and discover.

Busybots

In our digital age, new technologies are changing the way we live, communicate and work, and coding is key to understanding, navigating and manipulating this new world around us. From the dials on your dishwasher to the phone in your pocket, coding works behind the scenes to make our everyday lives more seamless, convenient and efficient. Click here to find out more.

Creative Chemistry (primary and secondary activities)

Ever wanted to tap in to your inner chemist? Here is your chance! In this activity, students will don lab coats and mix liquids, making bubbling concoctions and colour changing creations to investigate the ins and outs of different chemical reactions, and how they relate to our every-day lives. Click here to find out more.

Dynamic Bodies

In this active sports science session, students discover what makes a successful sportsperson by exploring the relationship between physiology and performance. Utilising clinical state-of-the-art equipment, we measure a range of biomotor abilities, including speed, agility and strength to determine performance indicators and learn how different sports and athletes require different training targets. Click here to find out more.

Eating Energetics

Just like cars, our bodies need fuel to run! The energy we take in as food, and that we use up through everyday activity and exercise, represents an equation that must balance if our bodies are to stay healthy.  This activity explores how the different foods we eat contain different amounts of energy, as well as different nutrients that we need for our bodies to work at their best. Click here to find out more.

Living Latin

There are millions of plants and animals on our planet, and scientists organise living things into different groups based on physical similarities to make sense of their function and evolution. These groups are given standardised names, making it easy for scientists all over the world to identify and properly classify plants and animals no matter what language they speak or where in the world they live. Click here to find out more.

Neurobics

Can we really train the 100 billion neurons that make up our brains? Neuroscientists are working towards understanding how some traumatic brain injury victims can experience incredible and often unexpected recoveries. The explanation behind the magic? Neuroplasticity. In this activity, students will explore neuroplasticity and how we can re-wire our brains to adapt to new circumstances. Click here to find out more.

Physics of Sound

Sound has a huge impact on our day-to-day lives. Just think of how much of our technology and communication involves sending or receiving sounds in various forms: talking on the phone, listening to music, yelling across the playground! In this activity students participate in a series of experiments to appreciate the various forms of waves, and how changes in frequency and amplitude influence how we perceive them. Click here to find out more.

Plants, Poop and Pollinators

Although they are only pint-sized, insects and other invertebrates include some of the most diverse and important groups of animals on the planet. Insects provide essential ecosystem services such as pollination and nutrient recycling, and are crucial to our own survival. This activity explores the physical and behavioural features of invertebrates, and investigates the ecosystem services (and disservices) that they provide. Click here to find out more.

The Power of the Brain

Get your thinking caps on and learn about the marvellous organ that is the brain. Explore the parts of our brains that allow us to move and breathe every day. Utilising state of the art brain-sensing technologies, students will activate their minds and tap into the sub-conscious to control the body’s response to different stimuli with the aim of understanding how much influence they have over their own bodies. Click here to find out more.

Science of Soils

This activity gives students a chance to explore the complex and important world beneath our feet. Soil health is fundamental to quality sustainable food and fibre production across the globe. From the school oval to farms, mining and city development, the soil is the basis for all. In this activity students learn the processes that make soil, what lives in it and what is created from it. Click here to find out more.

Smart Farming from the group up

Agriculture in Australia is one of the backbones of our economy and ensures our population has food security.  The industry is full of complex technological developments which help to increase production and efficiency, making the job for farmers more economical and sustainable. Click here to find out more.

The Sound Factor

The Sound Factor is a fun performance using theatre, comedy and audience participation to explore the physics of sound. Our presenter will take on a variety of characters to engage the students with concepts such as frequency and amplitude, how humans and animals hear and make sounds differently, and how different instruments create music! Click here to find out more.

Weighing Giants

Open any book on dinosaurs, and it will almost certainly mention their size. Some might even suggest “a T-rex weighed as much as a bus!” Dinosaurs are well known for their enormous sizes, and indeed they include the largest animals ever to walk the earth. But how do we know how heavy they were? Click here to find out more.