2018 Annual Symposium - tickets available now
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We are delighted to bring our annual one-day symposium to the Hutt Valley this year.
With an impressive line-up of keynote speakers, seminars and workshops, this will be an inspirational and fun-filled day.
Aimed at the whole community - from educators to engineers, parents to physicians and gardeners to grandparents there is something here for everyone!
Tickets range from $50-$95 with student, gold card and early-bird discounts.
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MacDiarmid Insitute House of Science Edify Ltd
Massey University LabWarehouse ESA
Lee Mauger is the Chairman of the Space & Science Festival, but more importantly the father of two primary school students in Wellington - Tom & Freya.
Space, Science & Beyond! The journey of a group of volunteers to bring to Wellington the most engaging STEM experiences from NZ and the world. This event has grown to around 9,000 visitors, brought visitors from NASA to Wellington, and even developed their own electronics kits for kids.
Stuart McNaughton is the Chief Education Scientific Advisor, Professor of Education, Director of the Woolf Fisher Research Centre with expertise in Developmental Psychology, Educational Psychology & Language Education.
Putting ‘critical’ into Scientific Literacy. What do we know about scientific literacy? Why is being critical is a necessary disposition to have? How do we promote (critical) scientific literacy? We know quite a lot about our students’ performance on measures of science literacy but there are challenges for us relating to our students’ low knowledge and awareness of important concepts and issues.
Dr Lance O'Sullivan is the Founder & MD of iMOKO. Author, speaker, role model and disruptive leader and innovator. Dr Lance is a passionate advocate for Māori health and a champion for creating a fairer New Zealand.
Digital Healthcare and Health Inequalities. Lance is the founder and Managing Director of iMOKO (healthier kids at your fingertips). iMOKO is an innovative approach developed, utilising technology to deliver high quality basic health services with a focus on communities with high needs particularly vulnerable children.
45min Seminars (choose one)
Jan Tinetti is the former principal of decile one Merivale School and current Labour List MP based in Tauranga.
House of Science and the Merivale School Community working together to Raise scientific literacy. An overview of how the Merivale School Community and the House of Science worked together to raise the scientific literacy of the students and learners at Merivale and the impact this had on the wider community.
Kathryn Hally is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at University of Otago. Kathryn's research interest is cardiovascular immunology.
Developing collaboration and communication in science. Science is becoming increasingly more complex and inter-disciplinary, and the bar continues to rise for producing scientific research of exceptional quality and quantity. In this seminar, Kathryn will demonstrate that all minds (young and old) can benefit from learning how to collaborate and communicate effectively to ensure transparent, accessible and rigorous scientific research.
Kelvin Hastie is the predator free commmunity champion and member of MPI's Biosecurity 2025 4.7million Strategic Direction Working Group.
Details of talk TBC
Laura Sessions is the science communicator and STEMM sector development manager at Hutt City Council. She is passionate about science and technology, and enjoys making it accessible and relevant to a broad audience.
Closing the Gap: How Can We Encourage More Young Women into STEM Careers? Women are underrepresented in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) sector both within New Zealand and internationally. This talk will discuss how new partnerships between government agencies, non-profit organisations and businesses are helping to close this gap.
Tim Naish is a glaciologist and the director of the Antarctic Research Centre at Victoria University. Awarded the NZ Antarctic Medal for services to climate science.
Details of talk TBC
90min Interactive Workshops (choose one)
Andrea Soanes is the Science Learning Hubs (SLH) Project Manager, University of Waikato. She is an experienced Science and Biology teacher who is passionate about the environment.
Developing science pedagogy to encourage critical and creative thinking. The goal of science education is to enable students to participate as critical, informed and curious citizens. The SLH offers NZ-based quality resources and effective pedagogy to deepen understanding and encourage scientific literacy. This hands-on workshop will explore science and education, how to develop science concepts and capabilities, and encourage critical and creative thinking.
Chris Chitty is AKA 'Dr Robotech': Technician and Senior Tutor at the School of Engineering and Advanced Technology, Massey University.
Details of talk TBC
Gabby O'Connor is an award-winning artist and trans-disciplinary researcher with training in sculpture and an interest in science communication and community. She frequently creates large scale community art projects that sees her collaborating with local communities and students.
Art as the Trojan Horse. The Unseen, an art and science workshop. An inclusive workshop that uses problem solving with materials, ideas and collaboration to come up with new ways of thinking about how local marine spaces work. It also happens to result in a collaborative artwork that will be exhibited in 2020. Take a risk, join in, have some fun.
Mountains to Sea Wellington deliver programmes that lead to a greater connection to nature and a meaningful understanding of conservation issues; fostering kaitiakitanga and action for the environment.
Details of workshop TBC
Renee Goreham is a post-doctoral fellow in nanobiotechnology at the MacDiarmid Institute. She explores using nature’s own nanoparticles for biomedical applications.
STEM for the ages. The MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology is a national network of leading NZ scientists. They are also committed to educating the public about their science research and raising the scientific literacy. This workshop will introduce their scientific research with interactive experiments, as well discussing current programmes.
The Space and Science Festival has grown to around 9,000 visitors annually. The team of volunteers who run this event, exemplify out theme for this symposium: 'It takes a village'.
Real Electronics for Real Kids. An electronics engineer who is part of the Space & Science Festival team has designed a series of electronic kits to help get kids engaged and excited about building real circuits. Try building our Rocket shaped circuit for yourself!