Science in the Hunter

The Hunter Region will be alive with science events and activities for the whole community in National Science Week kicking off with Drones in the Vines on Saturday 11 August. A full day of entertainment is also on the bill on Saturday 18 August with a Mini-Electric Vehicle Challenge followed by hands on activities and talks at the University of Newcastle.

The whole community can enjoy a fun day of science at Newcastle Museum the next day on Sunday 19 August.

The Cessnock Academy of STEM Excellence (CASE) in partnership with UAVAIR will host a family fun day at the popular Drones in the Vines event on Saturday 11 August.

UAVAIR will speak about the importance and growth of the Industry and will demonstrated a flying display with a commercial drone. CASE will also have a number of mini drones for young people to use and a free BBQ lunch will be provided.

Members of the community will be invited to visit the CASE headquarters at Cessnock High School for a STEM open day on Wednesday 15 August. Community members will be able view and experience a range of exciting technologies such as laser cutters, drones, robotics, 3D Printers.

A tour of the Design and Innovation and Maker Space will culminate in the community members designing and racing paper CO2 cars down a 25 meter track.

Electric vehicles

The following weekend, the whole community is invited to participate in the first component of the popular Hunter Valley Electric Vehicle Festival, the Mini-Electric Vehicle Challenge.

This Challenge allows competitors to build and modify an electric vehicle kit, before taking to the track and competing. Prizes and awards will be determined on the day, with a brief concluding ceremony about 1pm.

Science talks and demos

From 1-4pm in the afternoon, don’t miss the inaugural delivery of Science in Practice – Developing our World event. Hosted at The University of Newcastle’s Callaghan Campus, enjoy a stellar line up of free hands-on activities for the community.

Be amazed by shows from SMART (Science Maths and Real Technology) Team, including activities like soil sampling and geological displays. Have a go at visualising the science behind home-made solar cells, magnetic high speed trains and earthquake simulation machines.

From 2-3 pm, join professors and academic staff from the University of Newcastle’s Faculty of Science for short talks on topics including Paint-on Energy, Data Science, Microbial beasts, yeasts and ancient reefs, Wildlife restoration, Quantum mechanics and nanomaterials, and more. The 6-minute sessions will be fast and fun-packed.

Science fun at the Museum

On Sunday 19 August, head to the Newcastle Museum for an actioned packed day of fun at the Hunter Innovation and Science Festival. Long known for hosting the popular SuperNova show, the Museum will present added attractions including wildlife and medicine displays and interactive activites.

About the organisers

The Hunter Innovation and Science Hub unites and supports a multitude of organisations committed to enabling the broader community to engage with and enjoy the wonders of science, via visual displays, hands-on activities and informative open forum presentations by practitioners and the broader science community.

To find out what is on in the Hunter visit the National Science Week website at