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A Science Festival Activity in Playspace

Using the template provided, create a fun ‘DNA’ profile for yourself. There are some samples for you to look at, so that you can make up a profile that you would like for yourself!

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Sat 09 July 10:00 AM - 04:30 PM
Sun 10 July 10:00 AM - 04:30 PM
Mon 11 July 10:00 AM - 04:30 PM
Tue 12 July 10:00 AM - 04:30 PM
Wed 13 July 10:00 AM - 04:30 PM
Thu 14 July 10:00 AM - 04:30 PM
Fri 15 July 10:00 AM - 04:30 PM
Sat 16 July 10:00 AM - 04:30 PM

A Science Festival Experiment

Come in to the Yayoi Kusama exhibition 'The Obliteration Room' on Saturday 8 July and see how many coloured dots are in the room (and add some yourself). Visit as often as you can and see how the room changes over the week.

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Sat 09 July 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Sun 10 July 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Mon 11 July 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Tue 12 July 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Wed 13 July 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Thu 14 July 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Fri 15 July 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Sat 16 July 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Art Exhibition 'Bone of our Bones'

An art exhibition exploring ideas around cloning, seeds and other worlds. Visitors can produce their own art-print, which can, if they wish, be added to the artwork.

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Sat 09 July 11:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Sun 10 July 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Mon 11 July 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Tue 12 July 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Wed 13 July 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Thu 14 July 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Fri 15 July 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Sat 16 July 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM

Forest Forensics: Who Killed the Kiwi?

Super sleuth scientists at Orokonui Ecosanctuary need you! Help us solve a murder mystery using cutting edge genetic analysis technology! Learn how scientists use animal DNA to make sense of patterns in nature and protect endangered species.

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Sat 09 July 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Great Big Dino Hunt

Help! There are dinosaurs on the loose. Join the hunt by following their tracks, then discover the science in a dinosaur footprint.

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Sat 09 July 09:30 AM - 08:00 PM
Sun 10 July 09:30 AM - 08:00 PM
Mon 11 July 09:30 AM - 08:00 PM
Tue 12 July 09:30 AM - 08:00 PM
Wed 13 July 09:30 AM - 08:00 PM
Thu 14 July 09:30 AM - 08:00 PM
Fri 15 July 09:30 AM - 08:00 PM
Sat 16 July 09:30 AM - 08:00 PM

Green Bike Discovery Ride

Take a ride on the wild side and discover nature on our green bikes. Cycle famous wildlife sanctuary Otago Peninsula, spot shoreside birds on our list and enter a prize draw.

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Sat 09 July 09:00 AM - 03:30 PM
Sun 10 July 09:00 AM - 03:30 PM
Mon 11 July 09:00 AM - 03:30 PM
Tue 12 July 09:00 AM - 03:30 PM
Wed 13 July 09:00 AM - 03:30 PM
Thu 14 July 09:00 AM - 03:30 PM
Fri 15 July 09:00 AM - 03:30 PM
Sat 16 July 09:00 AM - 03:30 PM

Orokonui at the Science Expo

Orokonui Ecosanctuary is an amazing living laboratory! Come and learn all about the fascinating research going on inside the fence!

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Sat 09 July 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM

Paper Possibilities

Combine paper, lights and circuitry and it doesn’t take long to spark your curiosity into finding ways to come up with wonderful creations. At Hatch we’ll guide you in exploring limitless paper possibilities.

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Sat 09 July 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM

Super Inventions Discovery Trail

Uncover the story of New Zealand's science heroes. Pick up a trail guide any time during International Science Festival week and follow the clues in your local library.

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Sat 09 July 09:30 AM - 08:00 PM
Sun 10 July 09:30 AM - 08:00 PM
Mon 11 July 09:30 AM - 08:00 PM
Tue 12 July 09:30 AM - 08:00 PM
Wed 13 July 09:30 AM - 08:00 PM
Thu 14 July 09:30 AM - 08:00 PM
Fri 15 July 09:30 AM - 08:00 PM
Sat 16 July 09:30 AM - 08:00 PM

The Hum of The Parts | A Global Honeycomb Artwork

Bee architecture is at once simple and sophisticated. We have much to learn from these industrious creatures. They are a model for successful collaborative community. Join me in the creation of a giant communal honeycomb. Write. Draw. Stitch. Hum.

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Sat 09 July 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Sun 10 July 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Mon 11 July 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Tue 12 July 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Wed 13 July 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Thu 14 July 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Fri 15 July 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM

Tracking Blue Penguins Pukekura Exhibit

This exhibit will highlight the Tracking Pukekura Blue Penguin project and how the community can get involved with the penguin monitoring and research programme planned for 2016.

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Sat 09 July 11:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Sun 10 July 11:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Mon 11 July 11:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Tue 12 July 11:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Wed 13 July 11:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Thu 14 July 11:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Fri 15 July 11:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Sat 16 July 11:00 AM - 05:00 PM

University of Otago Science Festival Expo

The SciFest Expo grabs the best, quirkiest, coolest, weirdest and most helpful science from around the university and packs it all into the ground floor of the St David complex.

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Sat 09 July 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Sun 10 July 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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W.D. Trotter Anatomy Museum: Guided Tours

Have you ever seen the smallest bone in the human body? A tour around the W.D. Trotter Anatomy Museum brings to life the wonders of the human body...

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Sat 09 July 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Sat 09 July 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Sun 10 July 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Sun 10 July 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM

"Sonic Sea" Exclusive Screening

Oceans are a sonic symphony. Sound is essential to the prosperity of marine life, but man-made ocean noise is threatening this fragile world. Dive deep to listen to the symphony and find out how to protect life in our waters.

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Sat 09 July 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM

Cautious Curiosity: Sea Lions in the Mall

When does curiosity become risky? Sea lions and humans; when two curious species meet. Examining the interactions between sea lions and humans. from the perspective of a curious sea lion.

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Sat 09 July 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
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Creatures of the Night

Help us set moth traps and head off on a night-time guided walking tour around the botanic garden where you might just catch a glimpse of Dunedin’s nocturnal wildlife. You’ll be amazed at the critters that live in our own back yard!

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Sat 09 July 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM

Orokonui Ecosanctuary: A Living Laboratory

Orokonui Ecosanctuary is a testament to the power of combining science and dreams! Discover how scientists help us bring back native species from the brink of extinction and how you can help too!

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Sat 09 July 01:00 PM - 01:30 PM
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Science and Superfoods: An Evening at Technique Restaurant

Superfoods. Fact or fiction? Enjoy a meal made up of superfoods, and be challenged by Food Science's Phil Bremer and the team at Technique as to what superfoods really are and what really can make a difference to our brain and body. This 3 course meal includes a glass of beer, wine or juice. Cash bar also available. Be part of another unique "science of" event that have fast become festival favorites.

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Sat 09 July 07:30 PM - 09:30 PM

Sounds like Science with Dr Graham Walker and DJ Sixfootsix

A strange experiment is afoot in Dunedin… DJs and science performers are hybridising to let music enlighten science, and science light up song. Combining Dr Graham’s thrilling science with DJ sixfootsix’s tunes, this show will amuse, intrigue and astonish as fireballs, explosions, marshmallow cannons, massive liquid nitrogen clouds and more get mashed-up to music.

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Sat 09 July 07:30 PM - 08:30 PM

The Science of Wall Street Mall

Join us on the hour by LOL Cafe for live interactive demos from stores within Wall Street Mall including the science of cheese presented by Marbecks Foodstore, how LUSH products are made & The Frontrunner’s science behind running.

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Sun 10 July 11:00 AM - 02:00 PM

Bird Watching Walks (Our Living World Day)

Guided walk with members of Birds NZ

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Sun 10 July 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Sun 10 July 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Sun 10 July 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

Dunnock Diaries (Our Living World Day)

Join student Simon Lamb as he presents the Dunnock story - inside the lives of birds in the Botanic Garden.

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Sun 10 July 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Sun 10 July 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Sun 10 July 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

Meet the Wild Things on Your Local Shore

Join a Marine Scientist for a walk on your local shore to discover and record what lives there. Find out about issues that may put it under threat. Park near the orange flag at Deborah Bay, just past Carey's Bay.

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Sun 10 July 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Mysterious Mistletoes (Our Living World Day)

Discover the mysterious lives of parasitic mistletoes and learn to spot them amongst their hosts.

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Sun 10 July 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Sun 10 July 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Sun 10 July 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

Nature at Night

Breakfast at midnight? Dinner at dawn? Why does that seem wrong to most human brains? Learn about different animals that have very strange bedtimes! Workshop includes twilight walk to viewing platform inside Orokonui Ecosanctuary.

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Sun 10 July 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM

Our Living World

An all-ages event packed with activities & workshops exploring the world around us! A Walk on the Wild Side, Bird Watching Walks, Mysterious Mistletoes, Pop-up Library, Shedding Light on the Night Display, Stream Health, Pond People Perusal, Weedy Dunedin, Wild Nightlife in the Garden

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Sun 10 July 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM

Pond People Perusal (Our Living World Day)

Discover who lives below the water line and what they can tell us about water health! A fun hands on workshop focussing on pond people and protecting waterways.

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Sun 10 July 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Pop Up Library (Our Living World Day)

Pop-up library with books to browse and borrow, so bring your library card. Fun craft based activity.

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Sun 10 July 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM

Seabird Genius – The Life and Legacy of Dr Lance Richdale - Talk by Neville Peat

Dunedin biographer Neville Peat will present an illustrated talk about the life of the science teacher who established Dunedin’s royal albatross colony and became a world authority on albatrosses and penguins.

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Sun 10 July 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Shedding Light on the Night Moth Display (Our Living World Day)

What strange and wondrous fluffy scaly things go buzzing round in the dark when we’re all in bed? Discover a whole world of unseen colours and shapes; find out how we study these creatures of the night and why…

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Sun 10 July 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Sun 10 July 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Sun 10 July 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

Stream Health (Our Living World Day)

Freshwater fish, focusing on electro-fishing and fish IDs, displays, abiotic factor test kits.

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Sun 10 July 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Sun 10 July 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Sun 10 July 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

Super Science Mash Up Family Quiz Night

Join the festival team and festival guests Dr Graham Walker and Chris Foster in a science game show mash up where Family Feud meets Iron Chef meets Face Off. A good old fashioned slice of science fun for the whole family to get into.

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Sun 10 July 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM

Weedy Dunedin (Our Living World Day)

Learn about strategies that identify and mitigate the risk of cultivated plants jumping the fence and the proper disposal of garden waste. Display and possible activities.

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Sun 10 July 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Wild Nightlife in the Garden (Our Living World Day)

We will look at images from trail cameras set up throughout the gardens to identify night-time visitors.

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Sun 10 July 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Sun 10 July 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Sun 10 July 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

World Premiere of Science Films by Queen's High School

The premiere of short films on climate change and conservation made by Year 10 Queen’s High School students in association with the University of Otago’s Centre for Science Communication. The evening will include a presentation by Cyclone Computers for the best film, a talk from one of the girls, and a special piece of entertainment.

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Sun 10 July 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM

BEATS Study: Parental Survey Recruitment

How do your teens get to school? Parents of Dunedin secondary school students are invited to complete a 15 to 20-minute survey about their perceptions of driving, busing, walking and cycling to school, safety of the route and neighbourhood environment. Help us make Dunedin a walking and cycling friendly city!

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Mon 11 July 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Wed 13 July 10:30 AM - 03:00 PM
Fri 15 July 09:00 AM - 01:30 PM

Blue Penguins Pukekura Community Art Day

Blue Penguin art activities will allow young and old to contribute to the blue Penguin exhibit which will be on display all week at the Royal Albatross Centre.

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Mon 11 July 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Mon 11 July 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM

Dental Detectives @ Mosgiel Library

Put on your dental detective hats and try out the four interactive dental activities from the Dental School. Learn how to use mirrors to look in the mouth, place a sealant on a tooth, experiment with pH, and learn all about different types of teeth!

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Mon 11 July 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Mon 11 July 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
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Edwardian Innovation Tour

Join our Edwardian Innovation Tour and experience the technological marvels the Theomin family enjoyed at their home. Afterwards, create some delicious treats using Edwardian methods in our 'Drying Room'.

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Mon 11 July 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Tue 12 July 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Wed 13 July 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Thu 14 July 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Fri 15 July 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
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Fight Like a Physicist

Practical and interactive workshop where concepts of centre of mass, gravity and equilibrium are developed using stances, and basic foot movements. Learn how a small person can “win” against a bigger opponent through Physics. Force, momentum and torque concepts are explored using basic striking and fighting techniques.

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Mon 11 July 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
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From the Lab to the Stage Workshops

Become a science communicator making your own science show along with scientists of the University of Otago and the Science Communicators of the Otago Museum! Physics, Chemistry, Zoology and Geology at its best!

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Mon 11 July 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Paws for Cause (4 Part Workshop)

How are animals used in science? Why do we use some animals and not others? What are the benefits and problems with using animals in science? You will explore these questions with others, and decide: Is it appropriate to use animals in science?

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Mon 11 July 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Tue 12 July 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Wed 13 July 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Thu 14 July 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Science and the Criminal Mind (4 Part Workshop)

How has science changed our understanding of criminals? Can science help predict criminal behaviour? Should science determine our response to criminal activity? You will explore these questions with others, and decide: Is science helpful in understanding and responding to criminals?

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Mon 11 July 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Tue 12 July 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Wed 13 July 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Thu 14 July 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Skeleton Alive! Building a Body with Dr. Baillie

As you watch, Dr. Baillie will model muscles onto a skeleton. Learn what you have under your own skin, and how these muscles move your bones so that you can run, jump, climb... or pick up that dropped dollar!

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Mon 11 July 10:30 AM - 03:00 PM

Structure Destruction

Otago Polytechnic invites you to an opportunity to see how physics and geometry go into the design of bridges beams and towers. Design and build your own structure using different techniques then load it to destruction to see how strong you have made it.

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Mon 11 July 09:00 AM - 04:00 PM

Young Children Being Curious with Science

A range of hands on science experiences for young hands and minds to meddle with.

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Mon 11 July 09:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Your Slice of Life

Find out more about how your mind and body work. Inspired by the museum exhibition Slice of Life. Take part in a circuit of psychological and physiological tests used by scientists in the Dunedin Study.

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Mon 11 July 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Tue 12 July 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Wed 13 July 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Thu 14 July 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Fri 15 July 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM

Adventure of a Lifetime

Hear about Aidan Braid’s adventures on the Sir Peter Blake Trust voyage to the Sub-Antarctic in January 2016. Travelling on HMNZS Otago, he experienced life onboard a naval ship and then explored and carried out research on the remote and biodiverse Auckland Islands.

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Mon 11 July 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM

How Unique is My Job! With Special Guest Submarine Designer Lucy Collins (UK)

Lucy Collins’ job is one of the most unique we have ever had at the festival. With a first class Masters degree in Civil and Structural Engineering, Lucy worked for the Ministry of Defence as a Naval Architect (a designer of ships and submarines for the Royal Navy) and is now helping run an MSc in Naval Architecture, as well as undertaking a PhD in submarine design. Join Lucy as she shares some of her insights from this unique role, and her work in encouraging young women into science careers.

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Mon 11 July 07:30 PM - 08:30 PM
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Mapping the Universe Workshop

Let's map the universe starting with the nearest stars and ending with the furthest galaxies visible with the naked eye! Make your own planisphere and learn to find things in a clear night sky!

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Mon 11 July 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

Observatory Open Night

Discover the Dunedin Observatory and all the amazing science that takes place there, whether it's cloudy or clear there are always heaps of things to be enjoyed!

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Mon 11 July 07:30 PM - 09:30 PM
Tue 12 July 07:30 PM - 09:30 PM
Wed 13 July 07:30 PM - 09:30 PM
Thu 14 July 07:30 PM - 09:30 PM
Fri 15 July 07:30 PM - 09:30 PM
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The Science of Swimming - Biology

Take part in this fun session of science in the pool! Today the session will focus on biology. From swimming like a dolphin to singing like a whale underwater! Get ready to splash!

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Mon 11 July 05:30 PM - 06:30 PM

Crumple My Car

Learn how crumple zones affect safety for passengers in cars. You will design and build your own “crumple zone” to protect the “egg head” and test it to see if it what works best

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Tue 12 July 09:00 AM - 04:00 PM

Dental Detectives @ City Library

Put on your dental detective hats and try out the four interactive dental activities from the Dental School. Learn how to use mirrors to look in the mouth, place a sealant on a tooth, experiment with pH, and learn all about different types of teeth!

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Tue 12 July 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Tue 12 July 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Thu 14 July 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Thu 14 July 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Frogs Forever @ Mosgiel Library

Dive into the slimy world of amazing amphibians! Meet frog scientists and the frogs they study! Learn how Orokonui Ecosanctuary is soon to be habitat for endangered native frogs. Discover how the survival of the planet depends on frogs! Transform into a frog with our frogmagician and froggy facepainting!

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Tue 12 July 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Magical Colour with Valspar, Cryptic Clues Treasure Hunt and Experimenting with plants and soil

Magic of pH Testing - Learn about acidity levels in garden soil and which plants like it & which plants don’t! Magic of Valspar Paint - wear something bright, learn how to colour match and discover how they colour changes when you paint onto different surfaces! Cryptic Clues MEGA Treasure Hunt - do our colour quiz and be in to win a MEGA prize!

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Tue 12 July 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
Tue 12 July 02:00 PM - 02:45 PM
Wed 13 July 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
Wed 13 July 02:00 PM - 02:45 PM
Thu 14 July 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
Thu 14 July 02:00 PM - 02:45 PM

Otago Polytechnic Experimental Fun

Otago Polytechnic invites you to share in a host of innovative and exciting science displays and demonstrations including micro power generation, civil engineering equipment, high-tech robotic controls, and 3D printing for product design. Understand the latest research and science that is shaping the world and take the first step in gaining your dream career.

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Tue 12 July 11:30 AM - 02:30 PM

Otago School of Medical Sciences Photo Exhibition

Be Curious! Otago School of Medical Sciences Photo Exhibition. The images submitted by staff and students of the OSMS include microscopic images of viruses, neurones firing in the brain, wildlife, scenery, people and places.....they're all curious!

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Tue 12 July 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Wed 13 July 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Thu 14 July 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Fri 15 July 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Sat 16 July 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Sun 17 July 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM

Women In Science Breakfast with Lucy Collins

Join special guest Naval Architect Lucy Collins over breakfast as she shares her science journey in the specialist field of submarine design. With one of the most unique job descriptions of any festival guest, Lucy is passionate about inspiring young women into science. Sponsored by the British High Commission.

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Tue 12 July 08:30 AM - 09:30 AM
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About the Heart!

A hands-on demonstration that will give interesting insights into how your heart works!

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Tue 12 July 02:30 PM - 03:30 PM

Back to the Future: An Intergenerational Food Journey Like No Other

Dunedin's multi-generational study began 40 years ago. Be part of this special meal with a menu made up of 5 courses from throughout the decades, beginning in the 70s, and throughout the night hear from Prof Richie Poulton has he explores some of the findings over the years from this world leading study. Get a group together, pick a decade, and get into the swing of things. There will be prizes for best (and possibly the worst) dressed and spot prizes.

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Tue 12 July 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM

BEE Curious @ Mosgiel Library

Journey into a BEEautiful world and find out what it takes to be a bee! This hands on workshop includes bee displays and honey tasting.

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Tue 12 July 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Bird Brains @ Mosgiel Library

Curiosity may have killed the cat but it definitely benefits birds! Examine both human and bird brain structures to find out who is the brainiest native bird! Take the Bird Brain challenge and win yourself a yummy prize!

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Tue 12 July 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

Cafe Sci: Take Another Look at... Memory

Join Owen Jones and Rachel Zajac from the University’s Brain Health Research Centre as we discuss memory - from understanding the accuracy of memory recall to explanations of how the cells in the brain create, store, reassemble and retrieve memories, this is an opportunity to take another look at one of the brain’s incredible functions.

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Tue 12 July 12:15 PM - 01:15 PM
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CSI: Forensic Science Workshop

Have you ever wanted to investigate a crime? This is your chance! You will explore a mock crime scene, using real forensic techniques and equipment to collect and analyse evidence. Are you ready to uncover the mystery and find out who committed the crime?

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Tue 12 July 06:30 PM - 08:30 PM
Wed 13 July 06:30 PM - 08:30 PM

Dr Graham's Scientific Funomena (Alexandra)

Can you really launch marshmallows out of a vacuum cleaner, make rockets from common household items, or freeze someone in liquid nitrogen? Come celebrate the wonder of science and uncover the fun in phenomena.

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Tue 12 July 01:00 PM - 02:15 PM

How Climate Change is Degrading My Daughter’s Future: From Epidemiology to Economics

Nearly all predicted rates of climate disruption have been exceeded in the last five years, meaning that a number of worst-case scenarios are being realised much earlier than expected. Coupled with a guaranteed increase in the global human population any chance of a sustainable future will require radical revamping of many of our traditional systems and processes. Join Prof Bradshaw as he looks at the future of our children and the impacts on their generation.

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Tue 12 July 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM

Nature Challenge at Glenfalloch Garden

Come and explore the garden and take part in a series of nature challenges to learn about local birds, plants and the world around us.

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Tue 12 July 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Rainbows from the Stars

Turn a cereal box into a spectrometer and discover with it the amazing rainbows made by all the different lights around us. That is precisely how we know what stars are made up off! Enjoy using it with any light apart from the sun!

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Tue 12 July 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

Seven Climates in One Day

Come see the amazing plants grown in climates ranging from alpine to tropical in the new propagation building at the botanic garden.

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Tue 12 July 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Thu 14 July 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

The Power of Poo @ Mosgiel Library

Become emPOOwered to make POOsitive change to save our POOlanet by harnessing the endless POOsibilties of POO! This hands on workshop includes poo identification and making your own pretend seed ball or "poo bomb" to take home.

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Tue 12 July 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
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The Science of Swimming - Geology

Get ready to rumble as we simulate plate tectonics in action, submarine volcanoes and making a tsumani right in the pool!

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Tue 12 July 05:30 PM - 06:30 PM

Frogs Forever @ City Library

Dive into the slimy world of amazing amphibians! Meet frog scientists and the frogs they study! Learn how Orokonui Ecosanctuary is soon to be habitat for endangered native frogs. Discover how the survival of the planet depends on frogs! Transform into a frog with our frogmagician and froggy facepainting!

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Wed 13 July 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Future Robotics

Learn about robots and automated machinery and how this will impact on the jobs people will have in the future. Understand how you can be part of the changing world, not surprised by it.

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Wed 13 July 09:00 AM - 04:00 PM

Health Science in Action

Explore the science behind health, demystify the procedures and gadgets used in a range of situations.

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Wed 13 July 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM

Royal Albatross Express!

How heavy can a chick actually be? What do they eat? What's the wingspan of the biggest seabird? Discover huge Royal Albatross chicks at the world's only mainland Royal Albatross breeding colony. Express tours at expressly special prices.

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Wed 13 July 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Fri 15 July 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM

BEE Curious @ City Library

Journey into a BEEautiful world and find out what it takes to be a bee! This hands on workshop includes bee displays and honey tasting.

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Wed 13 July 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Cafe Sci: From Zika to Measles, Take Another Look at... Infectious Diseases

Join Prof Kurt Krause (Director of the Webster Centre for Research on Infectious Diseases) and some of the University team as they look at current issues facing us from a local, national, and international perspective. Whether it be the current concern over measles or the potential impact of Zika, come along, hear from the panel and ask them some of the burning questions you may have on infectious diseases.

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Wed 13 July 12:15 PM - 01:15 PM

Concussion in Sport - Big Issue or Should We Just Shake it Off ?

From international level through to junior levels, concussion is one of the biggest issues facing sport today. Join one of Australia's foremost authors and speakers Peter Fitzsimons (yes the ex Wallaby), Prof. Damian Bailey (Wales) and Prof. John Sullivan (Otago) as they give their different perspectives on the impact of sport on brain health and challenge us to think about what can (or should) be done.

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Wed 13 July 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM

Dr Graham's Scientific Funomena (Wanaka)

Can you really launch marshmallows out of a vacuum cleaner, make rockets from common household items, or freeze someone in liquid nitrogen? Come celebrate the wonder of science and uncover the fun in phenomena.

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Wed 13 July 12:30 PM - 01:45 PM
Wed 13 July 02:30 PM - 03:45 PM

Life of an Aluminium Can

Curious about the life of every day things we use? Learn about the life of an aluminium can through this interactive activity that will show you where it's come from and what happens to it. Open your eyes to costs of production, embodied energy and our relationship to things.

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Wed 13 July 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

The Power of Poo @ City Library

Become emPOOwered to make POOsitive change to save our POOlanet by harnessing the endless POOsibilties of POO! This hands on workshop includes poo identification and making your own pretend seed ball or "poo bomb" to take home.

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Wed 13 July 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
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The Science of Swimming - Astronomy

Get ready to train like an astronaut to go to space! Experience the neutral buoyancy astronauts train in pools to go to space. Get in a floating zorb ball to explore what it is like to be thrown around like in a rocket launcher.

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Wed 13 July 05:30 PM - 06:30 PM

What Inspires Me - Women in Science 2 Minute Talks

Be part of this inspirational evening with some of our special guests and women from our science community where they share in two minutes what inspires them. Women from all walks of life and backgrounds share their science stories. Two slides, two props, two minutes.

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Wed 13 July 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM

3D IT - 3D Printing

3D printing is the new technology of the future? Understand how 3D printing can be used in all manner of ways in engineering to change how manufacturing occurs.

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Thu 14 July 09:00 AM - 04:00 PM

Pesky Pests at Glenfalloch Garden

Some animals and plants are nasty threats to our native wildlife and bush. With a map find pesky pests hiding in our garden and receive a treat.

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Thu 14 July 11:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Fri 15 July 11:00 AM - 02:00 PM

Afternoon Tea @ Olveston

Ever wondered how to make the perfect cup of tea? Join us at Olveston and learn the art of Edwardian entertaining. Learn how to create different blends of tea and create the perfect cup from instructions given in the family recipe books.

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Thu 14 July 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM

Colour to Enhance Your Home Inside & Out

Learn how to transform your home inside & out with colour! Talk to our experts and learn the tips and tricks about the following: Spraypainting, Colour consultant, Lighting, Tiling, Curtains & Blinds, Flooring, Pots, Plants, Paving. Drinks & Nibbles provided!

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Thu 14 July 06:45 PM - 09:30 PM

Exploring Together - with NASA Deputy Administrator Dr. Dava Newman

Come and hear Dr. Newman as she outlines the vision of space travel.

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Thu 14 July 07:30 PM - 09:30 PM

Good Vibrations - Sound Lab

A dog’s bark, the wail of a police siren, a thunder storm, the world that surrounds us is full of sound. But what exactly is sound? How is it made? How does it travel? Join the Otago Museum team for some family fun science explorations and discover the wonders of sound.

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Thu 14 July 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM

Public Talk: Tools and Fieldwork in the Face of Climate Change

Introducing ‘Climate Kit’, brought to NZ by ZERO1 American Arts Incubator together with the U.S. Department of State. A climate change/art and design/women in STEM program discussing solar energy & digital design to create a cross disciplinarian workshop discussing raising awareness of resiliency on climate change.

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Thu 14 July 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
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The Science of Swimming - Physics

Come and explore the amazing physical properties of water as we experiment in the pool, from icebergs to clouds, and the supercold temperature of the salty Antarctic waters!

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Thu 14 July 05:30 PM - 06:30 PM

Tracking Blue Penguins Pukekura

Find out how to track a Blue Penguin, how microchips will help penguin population management at Pilots Beach and how you can get involved. Then discover the world’s smallest penguin, in its natural habitat – scurrying home to burrows at Pilots Beach.

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Thu 14 July 04:30 PM - 07:00 PM

True Crime and Crime Writing – Bestselling Crime Writing by Vanda Symon

To miss this event would be a crime. A fascinating talk on crime and crime writing with a Dunedin flavour, presented in the heart of the Dunedin Former Prison.

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Thu 14 July 05:30 PM - 07:00 PM

You Are Your DNA? High Speed Pitches and a Hot Debate

Two teams from science, art and humanities argue different positions on how much our DNA drives who we are. Take part in question time, and more, during informal refreshments and debrief. For further information and credits, see the website.

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Thu 14 July 05:30 PM - 06:45 PM

Florokonui

Wall Street Mall gets greener: Forest for a day with Orokonui Join the team from Orokonui Ecosanctuary and explore the Forest! Including hands on activities, live animal encounters, face painting, games, storytelling, competitions and prizes!

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Fri 15 July 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
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Why Science is Cool - with Nigel Latta

Nigel Latta loves science. He's weighed penguins in the Antarctic, been zapped with a million volts, jumped out of planes with fruit and burned down an entire house. In this session he'll show you why science is the coolest thing in the world right now. Be warned, stuff may blow up!

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Fri 15 July 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM
Fri 15 July 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

Improsaurus Presents: A Special Improvised Scientific* Extravaganza!

Join Improsaurus, Dunedin's critically-acclaimed Improvised Theatre Troupe, as they explore the real life of scientists, doctors, professors and lecturers in a hilarious evening made up entirely on the spot based on your suggestions! *content may not be scientific at all

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Fri 15 July 10:30 PM - 11:45 PM

Making a Difference - Using 3D Technology to Change Lives

Limbitless Solutions are focussed on helping innovators to use their skills and passion to improve the world around them using personalized bionics and solutions for disabilities. Come and hear their story about how they are looking to assist communities to innovate with compassion. They will also be demonstrating how they use 3D printing to create an arm specifically for a local young man.Limbitless Solutions are proudly sponsored by the Otago Polytechnic. Funding support from the US Embassy.

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Fri 15 July 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM
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The Science of Swimming - Chemistry

Come and discover the amazing chemical properties of water as we experiment right in the pool! From the acidification of our oceans to the amazing chemistry of the primordial soup from which life rose!

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Fri 15 July 05:30 PM - 06:30 PM

University of Otago Advanced School Sciences Academy

Enjoy 6 short science shows by Year 13 students from around NZ presented by the 2016 University of Otago Advanced School Sciences Academy. Topics include astronomy, climate change, health, medicine, science in the home & environment.

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Fri 15 July 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM

From Lab to Stage Children's Science Show

Come and enjoy four amazing science shows that will bring on to the stage some of the amazing things scientists are doing at the University of Otago! The shows are delivered by children that have been following scientists at work earlier in the week. Get ready to see some of the latest research from the departments of chemistry, physics, zoology and geology!

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Sat 16 July 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The Curious Case of Science Family Fun Day

Meet scientists from around Otago as they explore the Museum's collection in our galleries. They will shine a light on physics, help you make your own robotic insect and take you to other planets with virtual reality. Don't forget to bring your curiosity to our explosive free science show at 2pm!

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Sat 16 July 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
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A Science Festival Chemistry Event: Kids T-shirt Sun Print Workshop

Using the inks and materials provided, learn how to screen print an image of the sun onto a t-shirt. Our tutor is Fieke Neumann. Parent help welcomed. Ages 10 and over.

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Sat 16 July 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM

ZooMoo Live

ZooMoo Live is a unique opportunity to meet the loveable characters of ZooMoo - an international children's television channel filmed right here in Dunedin and broadcast in over 20 countries around the world!

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Sat 16 July 03:30 PM - 05:00 PM