Road­show spreads the word on science

Otago Daily Times - - REGIONS - JOSHUA WALTON joshua.walton@odt.co.nz

QUEEN­STOWN Pri­mary School pupils en­joyed a bi­cy­cle ride with a skele­ton and got to see mock fae­ces and in­testines at the Science Road­show this week.

The school hosted the event to give the young­sters an in­ter­ac­tive les­son in all things science as part of the road­show’s 120­stop tour of New Zealand.

With live shows and more than 70 ex­hibits to en­gage pupils, the road­show taught them about a range of top­ics, in­clud­ing as­tron­omy, ecol­ogy, bi­ol­ogy, sound and move­ment.

Road­show di­rec­tor Ian Kennedy said the event fo­cused on giv­ing pupils ‘‘early op­por­tu­ni­ties to con­nect with science and tech­nol­ogy’’.

‘‘Hav­ing a fun, hands­on 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.’’

Two live shows, ‘‘Fire and Ice’’ and ‘‘Am I Liv­ing?’’, ex­plored tem­per­a­ture and the key pro­cesses of life, with life­like props used for both comic and ed­u­ca­tional ef­fect.

The road­show uses apps and tech­nol­ogy to cre­ate an in­ter­ac­tive plat­form for the chil­dren to learn, with pupils in white coats on hand to help demon­strate sci­en­tific prin­ci­ples to their peers through prac­ti­cal demon­stra­tions.

More than 47,000 pupils from about 500 schools are ex­pected to visit the road­show this year.

The event was or­gan­ised by the Na­tional Science Tech­nol­ogy Road­show Trust, with the sup­port of the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion, The South­ern Trust and Com­mu­nity Trust South.

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