Activities and workshops

Our outreach activities and workshops have a focus on STEM-related subjects – science, technology, engineering and maths – and the wide range of career options they can offer.

Important notice

With the COVID-19 situation rapidly evolving, the safety and wellbeing of the community remains our top priority. Unfortunately this means that we have decided to cancel all activities and workshop opportunities for this year. This decision has not been made lightly and we apologise for any inconvenience.

We are exploring alternative ways to engage with your students and will keep you updated should we be in a position to offer an activity later in the year. Thank you for your support and we hope to see these activities return in 2021.

Key information

Our activities and workshops are grouped into four areas reflecting the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment’s four schools: architecture and built environment, engineering, information technology, and life and environmental sciences. The activities are designed for secondary school students to get hands-on experience in STEM discipline areas to open up career ideas and introduce them to tertiary education opportunities.

Enquiries about your school students attending an activity or workshop can be made via our expression of interest form below. Our programs are subject to the availability of University resources.

Architecture and built environment

The School of Architecture and Built Environment, situated at our Geelong Waterfront Campus, offers students the opportunity to experience hands-on workshops, allowing students to be creative and explore design, structure and construction. Visit our heritage listed, award-winning building and tour the 24/7 a+b design studio and new construction workshop, seeing real life student projects.

Our workshops will introduce students to the day in the life of an architect and construction manager, with a range of programs from 45 minutes to full day interactive experiences on offer for Year 9 to 12 students. Some workshops can be adapted to Years 7 and 8 students, pending availability of resources.

Using design thinking, students will develop and increase their skills in visual communication through problem solving, critical and creative thinking, collaboration and communication, to resolve design problems and extend ideas to a target audience.

Design and construction experiences

Design for a better future

This program introduces students to sustainability in the urban context. Students will explore their vision of city design, whilst examining technologies available that make a city sustainable. Students will identify the challenges facing cities, and discover resources provided by nature.

The greener good

As a global community we're facing a climate emergency, but can we make a positive impact with design? Students will examine and identify the constraints of modern suburban housing, whilst considering how to harness economic, environmental and social dimensions of sustainability to provide energy to our homes. Students will complete a variety of experiments to collect and analyse data to design a sustainable home.

Hydraulic challenge

A local council has presented a ‘proposal’ in response to the population growth in the Surf Coast region. The council is seeking to ‘commission’ local architects to design a new hydraulic bridge to cater to the needs of the population and local tourism. Students must consider constraints of the mock proposal and design a bridge that meets the needs of the community.


Design and innovation are at the heart of engineering at Deakin. School groups can visit Deakin’s Centre for Advanced Design in Engineering Training (CADET) facility at our Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus.

Our engineering workshops focus on students experiencing mechatronics, virtual reality, robotics, the product design lab and the exciting high-voltage room.

Workshops can be offered to both secondary and primary school groups.

Engineering Experience Days

Our Engineering Experience Days are designed for Year 7–10 students with an interest in engineering and design.

This interactive day gives students an opportunity to explore engineering and experience a day in the life of an engineer. Students will complete multiple hands-on workshops about engineering and design, attend an engineering lecture, participate in a Q&A session with Deakin University engineering students, and experience cutting-edge research and technology in virtual reality, 3D printing, mechatronics and humanitarian engineering.

Information technology

Information technology (IT) is everywhere – from digital connection through smart phones and laptops to gaming, software engineering and robotics. Our interactive IT workshops give students the opportunity to explore what a career in IT can offer. Students can challenge themselves as cyber detectives, learn about software engineering by building a game and get creative with coding.

Geelong Maths Competition

Year 10 students form a team and participate in our mathematics competition, a unique opportunity to demonstrate mathematical prowess and to pit their skills against students from different schools. The competition includes team and solo elements with prizes awarded to the top performing teams and individuals.

Science and environment

Our diverse science and environment activities give students the opportunity to explore a range of areas. We can offer hands-on environmental research activities such as radio tracking, bird and vegetation surveys and water testing. Our science activities range from the chemistry of ice-cream to workshops in zoology, forensics and marine activities. Workshops are offered at our Melbourne Burwood, Geelong Waurn Ponds and Warrnambool campuses and are subject to availability of laboratory and University resources.

Contact us

We welcome expressions of interest from secondary school teachers and careers practitioners for their students to attend our activities and workshops. Activities are subject to the availability of university resources.

If you would like any further information, please contact us:
Email SEBE Outreach