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Kickstart Science

A workshop for HSC science students
Kickstart workshops give HSC students a chance to do experiments and demonstrations of key ideas in the syllabus that are difficult to do in the classroom.

Event update: 2021 Bookings

We are now running virtual kickstart programs for biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics. Please visit the Virtual Kickstart website for details.

If you have any queries regarding Kickstart workshops or Kickstart on the Road, please contact  


Designed to meet the demand expressed by science teachers in response to changes to the NSW HSC Science syllabus, these workshops cover experiments that require equipment or expertise in areas that many schools may not be able to provide.

Duration: All workshops run for 2.5 hours

Class size: Minimum class size of 15 students for Biology and Chemistry. Physics has a minimum of 4 students. If your class size is smaller than this, please contact us.

Cost: $29.70/student (inc GST)



Our physics workshops cover many points of the HSC syllabus overseen by your own dynamic tutor, all in a real physics lab in the historic Physics Building at the University of Sydney.

The flexibility of our “Combination of Modules” choice lets you mix-and-match up to 5 of our experiments to make your Kickstart workshop as engaging and relevant as possible.


In our chemistry workshops students will undertake many hands-on experiments using analytical instruments and chemicals not readily available to high schools.


Enhance the HSC biology syllabus with a workshop that is totally hands-on and features equipment and models to aid the understanding of concepts in the fields of genetics, disease diagnosis, biotechnology and genetic engineering. Students will conduct laboratory experiments and learn skills in micropipetting, gel electrophoresis, plasmid design and protein purification amongst others. Module choices and times are default to below, unless expressly requested by the school and arranged through our Science Alliance team.

Frequently asked questions

No, all workshop materials will be provided. Please have your students bring a pen and a calculator.

No bus parking is available on campus. See the Driving and Parking section of the University website for more information.

Most school groups come on the train - it's a 30 minute walk from Redfern Station, and 5-10 minutes walk from City Rd. Also many buses pass the University along Parramatta Rd or City Rd. From the Parramatta Rd bus stop it is a 5 minute walk. See the Public Transport section of the University website for more information.

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Caitlin Fisher

School Programs Officer