Fes­ti­val a cel­e­bra­tion of sci­ence

Upper Hutt Leader - - FRONT PAGE - STAFF RE­PORTERS

The im­por­tance of sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy is be­ing cel­e­brated in the Hutt Val­ley with a fes­ti­val, fea­tur­ing ev­ery­thing from space tech­nol­ogy to Antarc­tic Ex­plo­ration.

Hutt Stemm (sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing, maths, man­u­fac­tur­ing) con­trib­utes more than $380 mil­lion to the econ­omy and em­ploys more than 3500 peo­ple. As well as GNS Sci­ence and a range of other high sci­en­tific com­pa­nies, there is a gov­ern­ment in­no­va­tion precinct, four ter­tiary in­sti­tu­tions and a num­ber of large in­dus­trial precincts all based in the Hutt Val­ley.

Events for the rest of the month in­clude talks, open days, work­shops, con­fer­ences and ed­u­ca­tional ac­tiv­i­ties for kids.

Teams of in­ter­me­di­ate and sec­ondary school stu­dents will be com­pet­ing in the Hutt Sci­ence Stemm Stu­dent chal­lenge.

In the evening some of the best brains work­ing in the space-re­lated sec­tor will be pitch­ing in­no­va­tive so­lu­tions travers­ing Antarc­tica and other ex­treme en­vi­ron­ments in the in­au­gu­ral New Zealand Space Chal­lenge at the Dowse Art Mu­seum. The win­ner re­ceives six months sup­port and men­tor­ing, and the na­tional win­ner of the com­pe­ti­tion re­ceiv­ing $40,000.

On May 16 at WelTec’s Pe­tone cam­pus on clos­ing the gen­der gap in ICT ca­reers, and at the Dowse on May 23 on the im­pact of tech­nol­ogy on the fu­ture of work, fea­tur­ing Tui Te Hau, gen­eral man­ager of Mahuki, Te Papa’s in­no­va­tion hub.

Be a Lego en­gi­neer­ing leg­end and cre­ate what ever you want with Lego. War Me­mo­rial Li­brary, 3.45pm.

Tues­day, May 15:

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Women in Tech break­fasts: Fri­day, May 18:

The free Hutt Sci­ence Dis­cov­ery day at Ha­pai Hall, Fer­gu­son Drive, Up­per Hutt, will be an op­por­tu­nity for kids and adults to take part in hands-on ac­tiv­i­ties and ex­per­i­ments from 11am to 3pm.

An open day at the Nae­nae and Taita club­houses pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties for young peo­ple in those suburbs to learn what’s been hap­pen­ing at their club­house.

Satur­day, May 26: Wed­nes­day, May 30:

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