Want to learn how to build a rocket? make your very own cuddly bacteria or meet a NASA astronaut at Scifest 2012! From the strange to the serious â€“ hereâ€™s some amazing kids workshops and events for parents not to be missed. Themed â€˜what makes us tick?â€™ the New Zealand International Science Festival will take place in Dunedin in the first week of the school holidays, from 30 June to 8 July. Some of the workshops are free but do require booking and fill up quickly, make sure you donâ€™t miss out!
Top Scifest events include:
Street Science and Family Fun Quiz night with Chris KP
Join Chris Krishna-Pillay, one of Australiaâ€™s most prominent science communicators in a whole series of events including street science with science buskers around the city, Sci.demoâ€™s and a family fun quiz night, to entertain all.
Saturday 30 June 12 â€“ 1pm Sci.demo @ Wall Street Mall, free
Saturday 30 June and Sunday 1 July, Street Science in the city, free
Sunday 1 July Family Fun Quiz Night, 6.00 â€“ 8.00pm Castle Street Lecture Theatre 2, University of Otago Campus, cnr St David and Castle Streets, gold coin entry
What makes us tick? Letâ€™s Tock! University of Otago Science Expo
With interactive displays and demonstrations covering anatomy to physiology and zoology for all ages. Sunday 1 July 12 – 6pm and Monday 2 July 9 – 4pm (anatomical body painting demo 12-1pm).
The Link, ISB Building, Cumberland Street opp the Museum Reserve, free
Build a rocket clinic @ MITRE 10 MEGA
Join the team to build and take home a rocket, plus a ride in a fire engine thanks to the Dunedin Fire Brigade Restoration Society. Children 6+ only (must be accompanied by an adult).
Sunday 1 July 10 â€“ 12 noon, Mitre 10 Mega, 375 Andersons Bay Road. Free, bookings essential
Ph 03 455 3344 or email@example.com
Make your very own cuddly bacterium to take home and love and learn a little along the way
Tuesday 3 July, 9.30 â€“ 10.30am, 1.30-2.30pm or 3.00-4.00pm, free but bookings essential.
Under 12 years must be accompanied by an adult.
Workshop Central, Dunedin Public Library, Dunningham Suite, Moray Place. Ph 03 4743690 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Sci.demo Fear Factor Foods @ Wall Street Mall
Foods we love and foods we hate with University of Otago Food Scienceâ€™s team â€“ with a focus on things we wouldnâ€™t normally eat. Do you have the guts to try them?
Tuesday 3 July 1.00pm â€“ 2.00pm, Wall Street Mall, George Street, free
Sci.demo for kids with NASA and Physiology @ Wall Street
Join NASA astronaut Stephanie Wilson, mission specialist and experts from the University of Otagoâ€™s physiology department. Bring your questions and experience what it is like to go into space. See how your body has to adjust to help it cope with zero gravity!
Wednesday 4 July 12 noon – 1.00pm Wall Street Mall, 209 George Street, free
My life in space â€“ with NASA Astronaut Stephanie Wilson
Take a look inside a space shuttle, experience life on a space station and hear first hand from a current space veteran of three space flights.
Wednesday 4 July 7.00 – 8.30pm. St David lecture theatre, University of Otago, cnr St David and Castle Streets. Adults $10pp, Family $25
Cafe Sci â€“ do our genes justify our behaviours @ Staff Club Otago University
New discoveries in genetics have given insights into our behaviour â€“ impacting on the way we think about human nature and our choices or are they pre-determined.
Wednesday 4 July 9.00pm, free
Space Survival @ Otago Museum
Ever wondered what itâ€™s like to blast off into space? Join us with a real NASA Astronaut to discover what it takes to be an ultimate space survivor. Make your own mission patch, try space ice-cream and help us build a replica space shuttle.
Tuesday 3 July 1.30 â€“ 3.00pm free, but bookings essential
Otago Museum Ph 03 474 7474, 419 King Street, Dunedin
Bang!!!! @ Allen Hall (University of Otago)
Blowing up historyâ€¦ a little piece at a time. Join the Outreach group from the Universityâ€™s Department of Chemistry and science storyteller Andrew Scott as they present the story of BANG, a live action and interactive stage show for the pyrotechnically minded.
Gold coin entry. No bookings
Sunday 1 July and Monday 2 July 4.00 â€“ 5.00pm, Tuesday 3 July 7.00 â€“ 8.00pm
Allen Hall Theatre, 90 Union Street East, Dunedin
The Face; how we smile, frown and act the clown
Investigate what is going on beneath the skin. Youâ€™ll be guided to build up a face, muscles and other soft tissue including skin onto a plaster cast of a skull, in this fun workshop. Come along with your questions and get sculpting! All materials provided.
Wednesday 4 July, 9.30 – 10.30am, 11.00 – 12 noon or 1.30 to 2.30pm, free but bookings essential
Under 12 years must be accompanied by an adult.
Dunedin Public Library, Dunningham Suite, Moray Place. Ph 03 4743690 or email@example.com
Tickets go on sale Tuesday 5 June via TicketDirect www.ticketdirect or Wall Street Mall during the week of the festival.Â Full programme details including all kids workshops available on www.scifest.org.nz or Ph 0800 SCIFEST