About the program

The Science Experience is a national three-day program providing an immersive STEM inquiry-based learning program for students where they can work as a scientist to learn skills and knowledge to be able to identify solutions to a big question. The program, in a passive solar engineering context, provides an immersive, inquiry-based and learning-integrated STEM approach to designing a sustainable energy house for a developing country. At the conclusion of the program, students will communicate their analysis to the group. The underlying emphasis is to encourage STEM careers and to build peer networks with like-minded STEM students.

The learning will be based around how science, technology, engineering and mathematics can be used to reduce the housing crisis in developing countries. Students will go on a virtual excursion using virtual reality headsets to identify some of the housing issues in developing countries. They will then design investigations into passive solar design, water filtration and water quality testing, and construct and code electronics to find ways to develop an eco-friendly, environmentally sustainable housing development model. Current research and information will be presented by specialists in the field, and students will have the opportunity to ask questions, discuss their findings from their investigations and learn about STEM careers.

What will students do?

As part of the program, students will:


This program is part of the national Science Experience three day program supported by ConocoPhillips and Santos and is offered at several UniSA campuses. For further details, see the The Science Experience program list and the dates below. 

Mount Gambier Campus

11–13 August 2021

For registration enquiries please contact UniSA Connect

Whyalla Campus

21–23 September 2021

For registration enquiries please contact UniSA Connect

Mawson Lakes Campus

16–18 November 2021

Places are limited. Registration and payment of $190 (including GST) per student need to be made directly to The Science Experience. To register visit Science Experience.

  • As this program is a practical activity, students will be required to wear closed-in shoes and appropriate dress.
  • Long hair will need to be tied back.
  • The sessions run from 9:30am to 3:30pm each day.