SciX@UNSW Science Extension Program

SciX@UNSW Science Extension Program connects NSW Year 12 high school students studying Science Extension with UNSW researchers to work on research projects. SciX@UNSW allow students to follow their own line of enquiry whilst accessing the resources and expertise of our scientists. We have research projects offered by every school in the Faculty of Science. See content below the expression of interest webform for the projects that were delivered in the 2020 program.

How It Runs

Our leading academics have designed a set of tools, resources and equipment to support students to investigate their selected line of inquiry around a specific research topic. The research projects offered are overseen by our academic research staff and are delivered primarily by our research PhD students. You can view the projects on offer below and find out more about the program by reading the SciX@UNSW Student Guide.

If you are going to be a Year 12 student in 2021 that is considering doing the Science Extension subject and a research project with UNSW, please sign up to the expression of interest mailing form below. 

Expression of Interest for 2021 SciX@UNSW Program


2020 SciX@UNSW research projects

Do you know subtle changes in the eye-motion patterns such as blinks, fixations and saccades can tell human fatigue? Successfully identifying eye movement-related fatigue indicators could detect the presence of fatigue in a transport operator such as drivers and pilots.

Many industries globally are dependent on our understanding of aerodynamics, such as travel, freight, motorsports, and power generation. Accurate design and analysis of airfoils and wings allow us to increase the performance of aircraft, wind turbines, F1 cars etc.

One of the risks associated with space flight is exposure to cosmic radiation. Humans who travel beyond the earth’s magnetosphere are not shielded from this radiation which can induce genetic changes (mutations) in all exposed cells. These genetic changes can lead to cancer.

As a discipline, cognitive science explores how the brain takes in information about the world, how it represents information about the world, and how it uses it. Through elegant experiments, cognitive scientists have learned a lot about how perception, attention, and memory work.