thinkScience day at the Auckland Arts Festival

By Siouxsie Wiles 05/03/2015


Saturday the 14th of March sees the debut of thinkScience*, a mini-festival of science being held as part of the Auckland Arts Festival family weekend and White Night. We may be starting small, but we have something for everyone!

Interested in things that go whiz/bang or got any kids or grandkids that are? Then ‘Nanogirl’ Michelle Dickinson’s early evening show in the Town Hall is for you! Prepare to have your mind blown as Nanogirl explores the wonders of cloud power, wind power, magnet power and fire power. Tickets available here.

Interested in something more cerebral? In the Spiegeltent in Aotea Square will be two panels exploring how science shapes our city. The first panel will look at what makes the city work – the natural, technological, human, and the interactions between them. The second session focuses on ideas and innovation – how can ideas change our world? Tickets available here.

Interested in science as art or things that glow? In Q Theatre, I’ll be challenging a group of artists and illustrators to create a living work of art using glowing bacteria. Meanwhile, in Aotea Square will be a photo booth with a difference, where people can step into the dark and be photographed by the light of glowing bacteria. People can also try their hand at creating glowing art, drawing their very own masterpiece using nothing more than a solution of harmless glowing bacteria and a petri-dish. These events are free, details available here.

*thinkScience is the brainchild of Prof Richard Easther, head of Physics at the University of Auckland, and Victoria Carter, chair of the Auckland Arts Festival. thinkScience is supported by the University of Auckland’s Faculties of Science, Engineering and Medical & Health Sciences, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, Te Punaha Matatini, MacDiarmid Institute, Maurice Wilkins Centre for Molecular Biodiscovery, Tile Space, ASB Community Trust, Buddle Findlay and event partner Auckland Arts Festival.

**Photo of Auckland skyline posted anonymously here.