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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.

A day in the life of soils

Did you know that one teaspoon of healthy soil contains more living organisms than there are humans on the planet? Functioning, healthy soil is fundamental to quality, sustainable food and fibre production across the globe.  Click here to find out more.

Astrometrics

The Universe has captured our curiosity and imagination since time began. In this activity, students work together  to determine how our planets are arranged in our solar system, and their relative distances from the Earth and the Sun. Using inflatable models and broad scale mapping, we uncover the importance of measurement, as actual relative distances between objects, stars and planets are revealed. Click here to find out more.

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.

H2Woah

Australia: the world’s second driest continent, yet one of the highest consumers of Earth’s most precious resource – water. Future life on Earth relies on us conserving the water we have and planning for the prospect of reduced rainfall. In this activity, we give the power to the students as we explore our understanding of volume and water use, how much water we use in our everyday lives, and how we can reduce our usage to better support our environment. 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.

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 (primary and secondary activities)

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.

Rocking through time

Clues to the past are right beneath our feet and everywhere that we see rocks and rock formations. In this theatrical performance, students will journey back in time with a farmer and a geologist to witness first-hand how various rocks were formed. With the use of sound, props and drama, and some help from student volunteers, we will explore the geological aftermath of volcanoes, ice ages, climate change and more.  We may even encounter some extinct creatures! Click here to find out more.

Think like a rock

Rocks are all around us, but have you ever wondered where they come from? Why are there so many different kinds?  Can they tell us anything? In this interactive play-based geology activity, students use 3D landscape models of the New England region alongside real specimens to explore some of the local geological history and how rocks control the way landscapes change over time. Students learn about sedimentary geology, erosion and deposition, volcanoes and igneous geology. Click here to find out more.