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Space & Science Festival bigger, better Continued from page 1. Dr Blank, an astrobiologist, is working with the Mars Curiosity Robot which is analysing the surface of Mars. The Space & Science Festival, in its fifth year, will have a daytime event on May 19 and a night event on May 26, both at Onslow College. It has become huge, attracting 9000 visitors last year. Its growth means it is now an independent not-for-profit charity, centred around Onslow College. “Our network keeps growing so experts from all over New Zealand have been drawn in and are coming back year after year” says festival chairman Lee Mauger. He adds that this is the first year, thanks to support from lead partner Genesis SchoolGen, that they have been able to pay for flights for all out-of-town experts. “We’re proud to have kept the ticket prices really affordable to make sure as many kids as possible get to come.” he said. Onslow teacher Kent Hogan is a founding member of the Space & Science Festival and says last year the festival attracted some 3000 people to each event at the college alone. With other 2017 events at Te Papa, Taita, Porirua and other schools squeezed in, 9000 visited in person, and around 20,000 more students

NASA astrobiologist Dr. Jen Blank with the twin of the Mars Curiosity Rover. The original is currently working on the Red Planet.

around the country were able to view the live broadcast from Te Papa. The festival is a mix of spectacular science demonstrations (like a liquid nitrogen volcano), science talks and hands-on classroom activities. “This is all about making science accessible, and providing fun experiences that

encourage young minds and nurture their interest to study further,” said Lee. Victoria University Wellington, Wellington Astronomical Society, Otago Museum, Br ig ht En z , MacD ia r m id Institute, Space Place, Maths Craft, Genesis School-Gen and many other organisations and individuals are support-

ing the festival to ensure Wellington school kids don’t miss out on the chance to be inspired. The only place to buy tickets is http://spacesciencefestival. org. And if you use the special code ‘herald’ before the end of April you’ll get 10 percent off !

Minister praises amazing games athletes Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson says the New Zealand Commonwealth Games team was our biggest ever “and they have delivered an amazing collective performance bringing home 15 gold, 16 silver and 15 bronze medals”. Those 46 medals beat Glas-

gow (45) four years ago, he says. “These were a Games of diversity and inclusivity, with an equal amount of medal opportunities for men and women and with all our athletes able to compete alongside each other with emotion and pride.

“We have truly seen how the power of sport brings people together during these 11 days. “It’s not just the New Z team that should hold their heads up high. New Zealanders up and down the country, our supporters on the Gold Coast and Kiwis around the world

have given amazing support to our athletes. “We have all been captivated and inspired by our team’s performances. “I’d also like to congratulate the Gold Coast organisers for an extremely well-run Games. Roll on Birmingham 2022,” Grant says.

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Independent Herald 18-04-18

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Independent Herald 18-04-18