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Sincere thanks go to all our member organisations for enabling the Hub to effectively engage with the community through STEM.

Singleton Library
Singleton Public Library

Singleton Public Library offers access to information and resources both onsite and online, hosting a dynamic range of public programs including exhibitions, workshops, talks, tours and social groups.

Singleton Public Library is a progressive country library service that provides an environment for lifelong learning by working together with the community to make available responsive services that inform, educate and enrich the lives of the people of Singleton. We have an active membership of 10,000 with 110,000 annual visitors and services a regional community of 21,937 people spread across an area of 4,893 kilometres.Membership is free and available to all ages. The library supplies free access to the internet through a bank of computers, and free Wi-Fi is also available.

How does your organisation link with STEM
The library works closely with local schools to support and enhance learning outcomes. We have for instance engaged the services of Ruben Meerman ‘The Surfing Scientist’ to visit local schools. We support HSC students studying in the lead up to exams by supplying Maths and Science tutors and staying open additional hours. The library runs a Lego robotics program as both an in-house and outreach resource.

Why did your organisation decide to become a member of HISH?
We were advised to by a hub member who presented a workshop for us. The networking and access to funding sources makes membership worthwhile.

 8-10 Queen Street Singleton NSW 2330
 6578 7500
 Contact: Rob Stewart

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Hunter Region Botanic Gardens

The Hunter Region Botanic Gardens is a not for profit organisation run by volunteers that showcases a wide variety of native and other plant communities in a 133-hectare bushland setting at Heatherbrae.

Located just off the Pacific Highway at Heatherbrae, HRBG maintains an extensive living collection of mostly Australian native plants including acacias, banksias, proteas, grevilleas, ferns, bush tucker plants, succulents and palms. Our herbarium conserves over 10,000 individual native plant species (mostly from the Hunter region) that acts as a valuable botanical resource. To welcome visitors, the Gardens has a Visitors Centre, indoor and outdoor cafe, gift shop, art gallery, reference library and picnic areas. Walks and excursions are regularly organised and there is a program of special events including Children’s Discovery Day.

How does your organisation link with STEM
HRBG acts as a botanical resource and education centre dedicated to the preservation of Australian native flora.

Why did your organisation decide to become a member of HISH?
Both HISH and HRBG share complementary goals: the celebration and sharing of science-related knowledge with the general community.

2100 Pacific Highway, Heatherbrae NSW 2324
02 49871655 OR 02 49871440
 Contact: Jennifer Mason

Geological Survey of New South Wales

The Geological Survey of NSW (GSNSW) is part of the NSW Department of Industry and is the oldest agency in NSW Government, being continuously active since 1875.

GSNSW collects and manages geological, geophysical, geochemical and geospatial data to inform government, the resource industry and community about the state’s geology, and mineral, coal, petroleum and renewable energy resources. It also promotes the safe and sustainable development of mineral and energy resources for the benefit of all NSW citizens.

How does your organisation link with STEM
The GSNSW plays a key role in the development of the NSW economy, creating a foundation for resource discovery by providing high quality geoscience information and research, as well as attracting new investment in the states mining and exploration industry. Geoscience and technology (including mapping, geophysics and other remote sensing, geochemical analysis and processing, 3D modelling, palaeontology) are the basis of our work.

Why did your organisation decide to become a member of HISH?
To engage with other local science organisations and look for opportunities to collaborate on public events and cross-promote our work. Also to learn about promotion and marketing.

 Maitland, NSW 2320
 Contact: Simone Meakin

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Hunter π in the Sci

Increase the profile and understanding of science and technology in the local community.

The group was formed to encourage a greater understanding of science and technology by discussing science issues with experts in the field. Our members meet on the 2nd Tuesday of month in East Maitland Library at Green Hills between 4.30-6.30pm. The membership, about 50 people, has a diverse background generally with little specialist scientific knowledge. All meetings are open for the public and normally about 25 people attend. Topics which have been discussed range from gravitational waves, neuroplasticity, nuclear radiation to mathematics. The group also undertakes site visits to scientific facilities. The group have committed to provide an annual education scholarship to a local student interested in STEM subjects and career in science and technology which is to be funded by members’ door fee donation.

How does your organisation link with STEM
The group was formed to develop a greater community awareness of the role of science and STEM subjects in creating the future. All meetings are focussed on these issues and the group intends to support STEM education through an educational scholarship.

Why did your organisation decide to become a member of HISH?
HISH membership provides communication with the scientific and technological community and gives access to Hunter science events.

East Maitland 2323
0429 332381
 Contact: Alan Lowson

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The Faculty of Science

The Faculty of Science is one of five faculties at the University of Newcastle

The Faculty of Science is a world-class centre for scientific and technology research and innovation. Through our strong discipline-based research and active inter-disciplinary engagement, both nationally and internationally, we are at the forefront of research and development in a broad range of fields. Our research strengths lie in the key areas of industry and infrastructure, sustainability and the environment, and health and wellbeing. Our Faculty is made up of 4 schools that push for excellence in all areas and have contributed to the University being ranked in the top 250 universities in the world*. *QS World University Rankings 2016

How does your organisation link with STEM
With impressive research and teaching facilities, the Faculty of Science delivers degree programs across the key areas of science, maths, psychology, sport and exercise, food and nutrition, and development studies. The Faculty works in partnership with local industry, health services, and government and non-government organisations to optimise achievements in teaching and research.

Why did your organisation decide to become a member of HISH?
The Faculty of Science at the University of Newcastle joined the Hunter Science Hub so that we could be across all the latest developments in the STEM space. Not only is the hub great for making contacts in the industry, but it has also allowed us to collaborate with other members of the hub on various events and initiatives relating to science.

Callaghan, 2308

Tom Farrell Institute for the Environment

The TFI is the gateway to environmental research and teaching at the University of Newcastle. The Centres vision is to help develop regional solutions for a sustainable future. We aim to integrate the University's teaching, research and community engagement into those solutions.

The Tom Farrell Institute for the Environment was established in 2006, as part of the University of Newcastle’s commitment to the ongoing sustainability of our region. Our aim is to build long-term partnerships with industry, business, government and the community in promoting environmental sustainability in our region and beyond. The TFI is the gateway to environmental research and teaching at the University of Newcastle. The Centre’s vision is to help develop regional solutions for a sustainable future. We aim to integrate the University’s teaching, research and community engagement into those solutions. TFI aligns with NEW FUTURES through a passion for excellence and discovery; driving global and regional impact; engaging across the globe; a shared vision with our communities; staff who make their mark; and building a sustainable future and the Environmental Sustainability Plan. Our Vision is to champion regional solutions for a sustainable future both within the University of Newcastle and within the community. Our Mission: Be a centre of excellence in environmental research and its application Build University and community partnerships to meet the environmental challenges of the future Advance the development and application of environmental knowledge Integrate cultural, social and economic values into environmental solutions.

How does your organisation link with STEM
The TFI fosters STEM in both high school and primary aged students through its various programs associated with the Hunter Valley Electric Vehicle Festival.

Why did your organisation decide to become a member of HISH?
For the benefit of STEM into schools.

Callaghan, NSW 2308
 Contact: Tim Roberts

Science and Engineering Challenge

The Science and Engineering Challenge is a nationwide STEM outreach program presented by the University of Newcastle in partnership with communities, Rotary clubs, universities and sponsors.

The Science and Engineering Challenge provides meaningful, hands-on experiences designed to challenge school students to make a difference in the world by choosing a career in Science and Engineering. We address the take up of science and mathematics in senior high school at its foundations by making science and engineering fun… and competitive! The Science and Engineering Challenge has three main segments; Challenge Days for high schools, Discovery Days for primary schools and the SMART Program for preschool to junior high schools. During Challenge and Discovery Days students compete against other schools in fun and engaging hands-on activities involving principles of science, engineering and technology. Typically 8 schools (256 students) compete in a day. School teams are divided into eight groups that compete in one or two activities. The SMART Program runs in-school science shows and workshops as well as holiday workshops and events for students. The program has offerings for students from preschool to junior high school which are interactive and educational. Increasingly popular are SMART’s computer science holiday workshops which run in the NSW school holidays. Professional Development for teachers is also available.

How does your organisation link with STEM
The Science and Engineering Challenge understand the growing need for STEM-skilled Australians. Through our various programs we encourage students to pursue an interest in STEM and make a difference in the world by choosing a career in Science and Engineering.

Why did your organisation decide to become a member of HISH?
The Hunter Innovation and Science Hub is a valuable organisation which allows collaborations between local STEM industry, research and education providers to better engagement the community.

 Contact: Michael Cassey

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Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI)

HMRI is a medical research institute delivering health and medical research solutions to improve the health of communities throughout the world.

One person, one family, one community at a time, the Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI) fights the illnesses affecting lives throughout the world. Our translational research model aligns over 1500 researchers, students and support staff from Hunter New England Health and the University of Newcastle, inspiring new discoveries to deliver a healthier future.

How does your organisation link with STEM
As the regions major medical research institute, HMRI is committed to providing STEM focused initiatives for the community to engage with. From our Public Seminars, Open Days, School STEM Sessions or Laboratory Tours, HMRI values and contributes to STEM education and careers.

Why did your organisation decide to become a member of HISH?
HMRI partners with the University of Newcastle, Hunter New England Health and the community to facilitate active involvement in research by the community. We are passionate about engaging the community with STEM activities and medical research. We joined HISH to collaborate and grow the STEM initiatives in Newcastle and the Hunter.

New Lambton Heights 2305
4042 0000 

National Schools Poster Competition

A not-for-profit activity to engage school children and assist their understanding of statistics, the role it plays, the careers it offers and, significantly, that it is not only valuable across all disciplines but also within their reach.

This project-based learning activity involves teams of 2 to 5 school students creating an informative poster presentation based on the collection and interpretation of data towards addressing a practical question, on a topic of interest to them.

How does your organisation link with STEM
Through the cross-disciplinary practice of Statistics.

Why did your organisation decide to become a member of HISH?

2308 is central base
+91 2 49 21 5518

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ME Program

ME Program equips students with the skills and expertise that will prepare them for 21st Century careers

The ME Program is Regional Development Australia Hunters, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) focused, skills and workforce development program. It links industry with schools in order to make curriculum more interesting and workplace-relevant and provides industry with qualified, motivated and career aware candidates.

How does your organisation link with STEM
The ME Program has been recognised in the National Science and Innovation Agenda as an exemplar for Regional Australia in STEM. Linking industry needs with schools and tertiary institutions to increase STEM participation in the region.

Why did your organisation decide to become a member of HISH?
The HISH is a great organisation for foresting cooperation and sharing of ideas related to the STEM agenda. The ME Program is one of the major STEM programs based out of the Hunter Region and collaboration is part of our DNA.

Hamilton, 2303
Dr Scott Sleap

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