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Unearthing Science

Energise the budding scientists in your Year 9 and 10 students
Introducing rural and regional students to the concept of independent scientific investigation, with a focus on environmental and ecological research.

About the Program

The Unearthing Science program tasks students from within their school with designing a research project, collecting data from their own local environment or community, and presenting their work scientifically.

Students will do this with the help of our science kit backpacks with scientific equipment, posted ahead to teachers.

Each Unearthing Science class will be assigned a University of Sydney researcher who will go through the “How To” of designing a scientific project, working directly with teachers and students. Where possible, we will send the STEM expert to your school to conduct the Unearthing Science program with your students face-to-face.

Teachers can follow our recommended lesson plan, or work with their guide to tailor the program to suit them.

Topics for Investigation

Schools are invited to choose fro the following themes, or a combination:

  • Animal diversity
  • Plant growth
  • Soil testing
  • Water quality
  • And more! We design the program to suit your local environment or ecosystem.

What is it like to participate in the program?

"As a teacher in a rural area of Australia, it can be challenging to find ways of exposing my students to new ideas and the range of opportunities science can create for them. The knowledge of experts like those at the University of Sydney provide invaluable insights that enrich learning. The Unearthing Science program is a fantastic innovation that makes it easy for high school students and teachers to engage in meaningful scientific investigations."

- Teacher, Coomealla High School, rural NSW

Program Dates

Unearthing Science is a free program and exclusively available for high schools in regional & rural areas of New South Wales. The program can run anytime of year and we will work directly with you to make sure it suits your school calendar.

Registration Deadlines

We recommend contacting us the term before you'd like to run the program in your classroom. This will give us plenty of time to organise your STEM expert and to mail you your science equipment.


To register for the program or for more information, please contact:

Arisa Hosokawa
Senior Science Communicator of Biology, Agricuture and Sustainability
E: arisa.hosokawa@sydney.edu.au
P: (02) 9036 5490
M: 0466 248 886

To register contact:

Arisa Hosokawa

Senior Science Communicator for Biology, Agriculture and Sustainability