Prize on line for young scientists

International white shark expert, marine explorer and film-maker Ryan Johnson tags a shark off the coast of South Africa. Johnson will be one of the keynote guests at the New Zealand International Science Festival in July. Photo supplied.
International white shark expert, marine explorer and film-maker Ryan Johnson tags a shark off the coast of South Africa. Johnson will be one of the keynote guests at the New Zealand International Science Festival in July. Photo supplied.
''Leave boring behind'' - a celebration of all things exciting and fun about science - is the message behind this year's New Zealand International Science Festival to be held in Dunedin from July 5 to 13.

As part of this year's festival, a nationwide competition, ''SharkLab '14: why sharks matter'', has been launched.

The competition celebrates the work done by shark researchers, such as one of this year's festival guests, international white shark expert, marine explorer and documentary film-maker Ryan Johnson.

SharkLab challenges a new generation of science storytellers to show why it is important to learn about sharks.

The winners of each category will take home a brand new GoPro outdoor camera kit valued at $800.

''Whether it's classmates getting together to make a mini documentary about sharks, or families building a shark together, the more creative and exciting the entry the better,'' science festival director Chris Green said.

The New Zealand International Science Festival features expos, stunts, street science, debates, workshops and interactive demonstrations.

The festival programme will go live online on June 2, with full booking details available from June 9, on www.scifest.org.nz

To enter the competition and win prizes for you or your school, go to the festival website www.scifest.org.nz or Facebook page www.facebook.com/nzscifest

 

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