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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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"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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Bird Watching Walks (Our Living World Day)

Guided walk with members of Birds NZ

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Stream Health (Our Living World Day)

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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About the Heart!

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Health Science in Action

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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