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Ask me a question!

Activity

Until October, primary school students (up to Year 8) have the opportunity to have our experts answer their questions! Each month there is a different topic, ranging from space/astronomy to globalisation.

Our experts will then select two questions per week to answer, and these will be posted on the Royal Society of New Zealand website and sent out to schools around the country.

For May, the topic is...

Physical World  

For this, your question can be about forces, motion, gravity, magnetism, light, sound, waves, or electricity.

Examples could be: 'How does an aeroplane stay in the air?’ or ‘Why does snow fall more slowly than rain?’

Send your questions by 24 April to make sure they're in the bag in time for the experts to choose from!

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Where:

Online
NZ wide (only)

When:

Send your question by Fri 24 Apr

Who for:

Primary school children

NZ wide (only)

O-Tū-Kapua: what clouds see

Exhibition

A multi-sensory, multi-media installation using song and visual art in a gallery space and online.

Children, now and in the future, will increasingly have to cope with the social and environmental impacts of climate change, yet they remain largely excluded from the dialogue about climate.

°TEMP is a unique initiative in West Auckland that brings art and science together to help us imagine and respond to our changing climate, through five themes: air (O-Tū-Kapua) water, weather, food and shelter.

O-Tū-Kapua (‘what clouds see’) introduces atmospheric science to children in a meaningful way, using imagery, language, the digital, music and other creative activities that enable participation, conversation, questioning and understanding.

Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery (open Mon-Sun, 10am-4.30pm)

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Where:

Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, Titirangi
Auckland

When:

Until Sun 28 Apr

Who for:

Everyone

Auckland

The New Zealand Tree Project

Exhibition

The New Zealand Tree Project is an innovative film and photography venture, where a small team of scientists, photographers/videographers and tree climbers captured imagery of majestic trees from viewpoints that people rarely get to experience from the forest floor. 

By using innovative mediums such as time-lapse, hyper-lapse and 3D video, the team were able to create one of a kind footage of the forest from ground breaking new angles.

The centre piece of the exhibition is a portrait of a huge rimu created by stitching together more than 60 photos taken over 4 weeks. Alongside it are large photographic prints and an epic time lapse video.

This travelling exhibition is at Canterbury Museum until Sunday 30 April.  The next location will be Waikato Museum in November 2017.

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Where:

Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato, Hamilton
Canterbury

When:

Until Sun 30 Apr

Who for:

Everyone

Canterbury

Space and Science Festival

Activity, Festival

Three amazing events over three weekends in May!

May 6th – Space & Science Festival @NIGHT

Evening event focused on Astronomy with the Wellington Astronomical Society, Bioluminescent Bug Art with Dr Siouxsie Wiles, Science Talks and fun with Physics. Plus a chance to meet special guests from NASA!

Onslow College in Johnsonville, Wellington; 6pm - 10pm (weather dependent)

May 13th – Space & Science Festival @DAY

Daytime event focused on Flying Machines, Maths Craft, Engineering with Robots & Electronics, Coding, Science Talks and fun with Physics, Chemistry & Biological sciences. Plus a chance to meet special guests from NASA!

Onslow College in Johnsonville, Wellington; 12noon - 4pm (all weathers)

May 20th – The Art of Night with Mark Gee

Late night event focused on Astrophotography with award winning local Astrophotographer Mark Gee.

Red Rocks Reserve, Wellington; 7pm until late (weather dependent)

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Where:

Johnsonville and Red Rocks
Wellington

When:

Sat 6, 13 & 20 May

Who for:

Everyone

Wellington

Hutt STEMM Festival

Activity, Festival

The Hutt STEMM Festival is your chance to discover the incredible things being made in the region.

The festival educates, inspires and showcases the Hutt Valley's strengths in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and manufacturing (STEMM).

This is the third annual festival, which consists of two weeks of events run by a wide array of local businesses and organisations, across different locations, with the majority being interactive and free.

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Where:

Lower Hutt
Wellington

When:

Sat 6 - Sun 21 May

Who for:

Everyone

Wellington

Jane Goodall tour

Talk/Show

Dr. Jane Goodall will share information about the work of the Jane Goodall Institute, which - after 40 years - continues her pioneering research at Gombe, and is a global leader in the effort to protect chimpanzees and other wildlife.

Dr. Goodall also began Roots & Shoots, the Institute’s global programme that empowers young people to identify issues in their local communities or worldwide, and truly help to make a difference for people, animals and the environment we all share.

In her talk, Dr. Goodall will discuss the current threats facing the planet and her five reasons for hope in these complex times, encouraging everyone in the audience to do their part to make a positive difference each and every day.

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Where:

Auckland, Wellington, Canterbury, Otago
NZ wide (only)

When:

Sun 25 Jun - Sat 1 Jul

Who for:

Everyone

NZ wide (only)

BioLive - ChemEd 2017 Conference

Workshop, Talk/Show

BioLive-ChemEd 2017 is the tandem biennial conference for primary, secondary and tertiary biology and chemistry educators run by the Biology Educators Association of New Zealand (BEANZ) and New Zealand Institute of Chemistry (NZIC). Both organisations are part of The New Zealand Association of Science Educators (NZASE) . 

Following the success of 2015, this biennial conference combines chemistry and biology educators for a second event, this time in Cambridge from Monday the 10th to Wednesday the 12th of July.

 

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Where:

St Peter's School, Cambridge
Waikato

When:

Mon 10 - Wed 12 Jul

Who for:

Educators

Waikato

Otago Wildlife Photography exhibition

Competition, Exhibition

See the winners of the 2017 Otago Wildlife Photography Competition displayed in Otago Museum.

Over 2,200 entries were received in the following categories:

Animal
Plant
Pets
Night skies
Human impact on the environment
Wildlife in action (video)

Vote for which you think should receive the People’s Choice award using the touchscreens in the exhibition.

The winner will be announced towards the end of the exhibition.

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Where:

Otago Museum, Dunedin
Otago

When:

Until Sun 23 July

Who for:

Everyone

Otago

International Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Exhibition

A must-see for nature lovers and photographers, the Natural History Museum's ever popular Wildlife Photographer of the Year returns to Auckland Museum for an exclusive showing of 100 stunning new photographs.

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Where:

Auckland Museum
Auckland

When:

Fri 7 Jul - Sun 3 Dec

Who for:

Everyone

Auckland

The Innovators

Exhibition

The Innovators is an exhibition that celebrates not only the achievements but the entire process of innovation, from conceptualisation to creation and explores the learnings from setbacks overcome along the way.

Gain a unique insight into the personal attributes and thought processes of ordinary Kiwis who have achieved extraordinary feats. The exhibition explores the personalities and contributions of the well-known public figures, and equally importantly, their lesser known colleagues who work behind the scenes but without whom the innovations would not be possible.

Innovators sharing their stories and hard-won wisdom include Peter Beck from Rocket Lab, Rod Drury from Xero, Ian Taylor from Animation Research Limited, Frances Valintine from The Mind Lab by Unitec and Dr Keith Alexander from Springfree Trampoline.

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Where:

Museum of Transport and Technology
Auckland

When:

Now & ongoing

Who for:

Everyone

Auckland

NatureWatchNZ

Citizen Science

Help scientists find out what's going on in New Zealand's wild world!

Join NatureWatchNZ and use its website or app to find a project and record how many animals or plants you see relating to that project!

Here's some can watch out for:

Stink bugs (baddies we don't want - keep an eye out!)
Native orchids
NZ Butterflies and their caterpillars
Plants and animals important to Māori
Large brown seaweeds
Little blue penguins
Invasive weeds
Spiders
New Zealand fur seals

 

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Where:

Nationwide
NZ wide (only)

When:

Now & ongoing

Who for:

Everyone

NZ wide (only)

Milk Matters

Exhibition

How is milk made and processed? Why is the Waikato considered the ‘dairy capital of New Zealand’?

In this interactive, educational exhibition created for children and families, you can explore the issues and advancements in agricultural science that are paving the way for an even more productive, efficient and environmentally-conscious industry.

Milk Matters celebrates success, telling the stories of our local farmers, and explains some of the science and technology that surrounds dairy farming -  from the underground (soil science) to the atmosphere (climate change).

You will be surprised by the energy and invention that is focused on this everyday food!

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Where:

Waikato Museum
Waikato

When:

Now and ongoing

Who for:

Children and families

Waikato

You Called Me WHAT?!

Exhibition

This exhibition celebrates 150 years of scientific discovery at Te Papa.

Uncover the fascinating stories behind scientific names – and help the Te Papa team name a newly discovered forget-me-not.

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Where:

Te Papa, Wellington
Wellington

When:

Now & ongoing

Who for:

Everyone!

Wellington