The Super STEM Fair is one science fair you do not want to miss. Head over to MOTAT on Sunday 8 April 2018 to meet the Kiwi specialists pushing the boundaries in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) and experience the wonder behind the current slime craze, glow in the dark bugs, robots, volcanos and much more.
Hosted in partnership with the University of Auckland and the NZ Association of Scientists, this family focussed annual event brings the wonders of STEM into our everyday lives. Young and old will be inspired by the expertise and hands-on activities created by leading scientists and technologists from tertiary institutions and industries such as: Auckland, Canterbury and Massey Universities, AUT and the Association for Women in the Sciences.
Meet the 11-year-old kiwi entrepreneur and recent sensation, Katharina Weischede, the Slime Princess, who will be sharing her business success story and demonstrating her slimy product. If slime isn’t really your thing, then perhaps building your own robot or having a go on a hovercraft might grab your interest? Or if biology is entrenched in your genes then you’ll be delighted to get hands-on with biologists from Auckland University’s School of Biological Sciences as they demonstrate how to extract DNA from strawberries using every-day household equipment.
This year, MOTAT will host the project based learning specialists from SkillTreeNZ at the fair, giving guests the opportunity to watch sculptor Mike Porter in action as he creates a blocked in half mask, a building for miniatures that is an amalgam of computer pieces, cardboard and other objects and fashions a simple prop helmet. When asked about the connection between creativity and science, Mr Porter emphasises that STEM subjects with the inclusion of art provide a more balanced approach to problem solving. “Expanding creativity in the arts allows people to think through logical problems in a non-linear way, so although SkillTreeNZ focuses on artistic endeavours, the outcome of those creative pieces is derived from STEM subjects. Material sciences, engineering processes, technologies and maths are all needed to resolve a creative output,” he says.
A STEM Fair wouldn’t be complete without an impressive chemical reaction, so take a moment to consider Auckland’s volcanic hazards and risks while enjoying the explosive demonstrations from DEVORA’s real-life volcano and earthquake scientists. This is your chance to get wrapped up with Maths origami, dig up a dinosaur, take a virtual reality journey in a tank full of protein molecules and watch them assemble into a giant structure, examine the micro-world through a Foldscope lens, and get right up close to a 3D printer in action.
Super STEM Fair
Location: MOTAT, 805 Great North Road, Western Springs, Auckland
Date: Sunday 8 April 2018
Time: 10am to 4pm
Cost: Free for MOTAT Mates, FREE for children under 5; Students/children 5-16 years $10; Adults $19; Family Pass (2 adults, 4 children) $45
LEGO® lovers look out! Direct from a blockbuster summer at Te Papa, Ryan McNaught (aka Brickman) one of only fourteen LEGO Certified Professionals globally, will bring some of the world’s most iconic landmarks and masterpieces made exclusively from LEGO bricks to Auckland Museum from Friday 30 March to Sunday 14 May 2018.
Ryan McNaught and his team have spent a jaw-dropping 4,944 hours building the 50 LEGO masterpieces that will be on display including the Taj Mahal, Michelangelo’s Statue of David, The Great Wall of China, the Empire State Building (complete with King Kong), the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Arc de Triomphe.
Visitors will be taken on a historical journey through time, with the opportunity to discover more about each attraction – real life and LEGO life! Ryan will also be enlisting the building skills of the public to help with some of the model making, creating a truly interactive and imaginative experience.
Brickman: Wonders of the World
When: Friday 30 March to Sunday 14 May 2018
Where: Special Exhibitions Hall, Auckland Museum
Tickets: On sale from Monday 26 February at Ticketek.co.nz
See Bug Lab, an interactive science exhibition at Auckland Zoo, developed by Te Papa and Weta Workshop in the summer school holidays.
Featuring giant 3-D bug models within four magical chambers, Bug Lab is a spectacularly interactive and immersive experience for all ages that offers visitors the unique opportunity to learn from the genius of bugs.
Enter the ‘operating theatre’ of the iridescent jewel wasp and watch her turn a cockroach into a zombie – to feed the kids of course. Help the Japanese honeybees defeat the giant hornet, their greatest enemy. The kids (and the adults too) can test themselves against the bugs with games of skill.
Every bug has a secret, and your families goal is to discover it at Bug Lab. Precision flight, mind control, swarm intelligence... bugs did it all first, and they’re still doing it better. What would the future look like if humans could match their brilliance?
Bug Lab is on at Auckland Zoo from Wednesday 20 December 2017. Bug Lab sessions are booked in one hour time slots, so it is advisable to book your tickets here ahead of your visit to ensure you get to go to Bug Lab on the day you visit. Children under 15 years old must be accompanied by an adult to visit Bug Lab.
For more information see: www.aucklandzoo.co.nz/bug-lab
Downtown Auckland will be taken over by incredible busking talent from 26 to 29 January 2018, including an international line-up that festival producers have been trying to snag for years. Auckland International Buskers Festival 2018 brings acrobatics, magic, comedy, dance and unicycles to the masses for an unmissable four days of glorious street theatre.
A dozen astonishing performers will entertain audiences away with shows that embody everything great about going to a modern circus and everything fun about outdoor performing.
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