Mak­ing sci­ence more fun

Te Puke Times - - NEWS -

The stars that make up the South­ern Cross con­stel­la­tion are not as close to­gether as you might think.

In fact they range from 88 to 364 light years away from Earth and are of dif­fer­ent sizes, colour and num­ber.

True star po­si­tions is just one of over 70 hands-on ex­hibits that make up this year’s IXOMspon­sored Sci­ence Road­show, which will be at Te Puke high School next week.

The ex­hibits are grouped into six themes: Astron­omy, Ecol­ogy/ En­vi­ron­ment, In­ter­pret­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tions, Re­flec­tion/ Re­frac­tion, Sound, and Spin­ning and Whizzing.

“Vis­i­tors can try their hand at nearly any­thing from tak­ing a bi­cy­cle ride with a skele­ton, to be­ing in­side a kalei­do­scope or from learn­ing about the life-cy­cle of white­bait to ex­plor­ing how sonar works,” says Sci­ence Road­show man­ager Shane Kingston.

Be­tween ex­plor­ing the ex­hibits, the road­show also en­thrals au­di­ences with two live shows: Fire and Ice — a spec­tac­u­lar in­tro­duc­tion to tem­per­a­ture, and Am I Liv­ing ? which ex­plores the key pro­cesses of life.

Cel­e­brat­ing its 30th year of op­er­a­tion, the Sci­ence Road­show is tour­ing to 120 lo­ca­tions through­out New Zealand in both re­mote ru­ral ar­eas and city venues.

Over 47,000 stu­dents from more than 500 schools are ex­pected to visit the Sci­ence Road­show this year.

Rais­ing funds to sup­port this pro­gramme is the big­gest chal­lenge faced by the Na­tional Sci­ence Tech­nol­ogy Road­show Trust, so all fund­ing of­fers and op­por­tu­ni­ties are grate­fully re­ceived.

“We want all stu­dents to have early op­por­tu­ni­ties to con­nect with sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy,” says road­show di­rec­tor Ian Kennedy.

“Hav­ing a fun, hands-on pro­gramme that is sup­port­ive of stu­dent learn­ing, ex­tra re­sources for teach­ers and trav­el­ling into smaller and more iso­lated ru­ral towns through to larger cities and var­i­ous com­mu­ni­ties within re­duces many of the bar­ri­ers to sci­ence en­gage­ment.”

Sci­ence Road­show staff put on the Fire and Ice show.

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