Tickets for a huge program of events are available from next week (June 9th); get them while they’re going – some events have limited numbers.
No, that’s not photo-shopped. To the left is Dr. Bunhead igniting an explosion from his pate. I value my red hair, and will emphatically not be joining him as a sidekick for that performance.
In real life Dr. Bunhead is Tom Pringle whose 20 years of science showmanship include the BBC series, Brainiac.
He’s joined by a truly enormous cast of people and events over nine days. There’s events for kids, all ages and adults.
Most events are on several days. Events are at many different venues – check where your event is being held!
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Here’s a small sample of what is on offer –
- Wriggle and swirm with worms
- The Super Inventions Discovery Trail
- The power of poo
- Once upon a Sunday: Super Science
- The anatomy of a crime scene
- What things are in the Universe
For all ages:
- LEGO! (Including a LEGO Mindstorm Robotics Display.)
- Astronomy at the Observatory
- The Different BANGS chemistry show
- Retro Lab – gadgets from yesteryear
- Think Skink at Orokanui
- Sci Tropical Pursuits, in Otago Museum’s tropical forest
- The science of whisky or beer (two events)
- What’s going on in his head – special guest James Piercy who suffered a traumatic brain injury talks about his experiences and offers insights into head injury
- Women in science breakfast and two minute talks by young women in science (two events)
- The ‘book of life’ and the statue book (genetics and law)
There are several Café Sci events and the University of Otago has a programme of events for different ages; many are demonstrations or interactive events (including dissection) for those who like their science hands-on.
There are competitions, too.
People anywhere in the world can join the SharkLab14 competition, in four age groups – up to year 6 of education, years 7-8, years 9-13 and those who’ve left school. Each age group stands to win a GoPro outdoor camera kit for their shark research.
Musically inclined? The best science rapper competition will be judged by Science Idol winner, James Mustapic.
There’s a photo competition, too.
This is a tiny selection of what’s on: check the program for more. (Dunedin residents should find a copy of the SciFest magasine in this week’s The Star.)
1. I know several scientists who are LEGO fans, including at least one who writes at sciblogs.
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