Festival a celebration of science
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:
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: