What's On @ Otago Museum | Week of 14 October 2019

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The Science Show Offs Competition finished up with a bang, and a pop, and a whoosh this weekend at the Vogel Street Party. Science Presentation Coordinator Amadeo Enriquez Ballestero has been taking this Otago Museum science programme, generously funded by MBIE’s Unlocking Curious Minds, to the streets of Dunedin for the past two months, showing our region’s youth how fascinating and fun science can be.


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The competition was a chance for children and teenagers to have a turn, creating their own science videos and uploading them to our website.

We had masses of fantastic entries from young scientists of all ages; things were set on fire, things were frozen, and a lot of slime was made. The overall winner was Samuel Mitchel, with his amazing video about electrostatic attraction. Amadeo, who was also one of the competition judges, said, “All the videos were so great, it was hard to choose a winner, but Samuel did an astounding job of not only making an entertaining presentation, but also explaining the science so well!”

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If you have a small person in your life whom you would like to be inspired by science, go to [LINK] for Science Show Offs resources, which will guide you through some super easy and fun experiments – and the scientific principles behind them.


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JAMES CAMERON – CHALLENGING THE DEEP

James Cameron – Challenging the Deep takes you to an underworld; an eerie, mysterious abyss where the only light comes from flashes of bioluminescent creatures. Join Cameron as he explores the most isolated places on earth.

Climb inside a pilot sphere and experience the isolation of Cameron’s record-making dive in his DEEPSEA CHALLENGER to the bottom of the Mariana Trench. See the deep-sea specimens he collected there under a microscope, watch rusticles grow, and be intrigued by the effect water pressure has on a polystyrene cup.

James Cameron – Challenging the Deep
$9.50 Children | $14 Concession | $17.50 Adults | $45 Families | Combo tickets available 
Open until 9 February 2020

THIS WEEK @ OTAGO MUSEUM


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MORIORI: OLD MYTHS, NEW RESEARCH
HD SKINNER MEMORIAL LECTURE 2019 

Join Associate Professor Ian Barber, of the University of Otago Archaeology Programme, as he critiques popular historical myths, and reports on new research about the Chatham Islands/Rēkohu Moriori people.

This lecture remembers the foundational contribution of Otago University Museum ethnologist H D Skinner to Moriori studies on the 100 year anniversary of Skinner’s first Chatham Islands/Rēkohu visit in 1919.

Complimentary tea and coffee available following the lecture.

6pm, Thursday 17 October
Barclay Theatre
Gold coin donation appreciated
More information here


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CUSTOMARY MĀORI TOOL AND WEAPON DEMONSTRATION

‘He toki iti, he rite he tangata.’ A toki may be small, but it is as precious as a person”

Learn from Anaru Rondon, traditional Māori toolmaker, as he demonstrates the art of customary tool making and weapons. Specialising in toki (stone adzes) for practical use, Anaru then uses these to make other taoka from wood, bone, shell, and fibre. It’s a practical, hands-on approach to learning about, and connecting with, the past.

1pm–3pm, Friday 18 October
Paved area, outside Otago Museum
More information here


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CHOOSING ANTARCTICA'S FUTURE

Professor Tim Naish, the New Zealand Antarctica Society's National Speaker for 2019, will present two narratives for the future of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean in 50 and 300 years' time.

The choices we make in today will determine Antarctica's long term future.

2pm, Saturday 19 October
Hutton Theatre
More information here


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POP-UP GARDEN

Have a chat with Dunedin City Council staff to learn about native plants, bird feeders, bug motels, composting, and more.The Pop-Up Garden container is full of ideas for how you can make your backyard attractive to wildlife and people.

10am–3pm, Sunday 20 October
Otago Museum Reserve
More information here

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NEW SHOWS ADDED TO OUR REGULAR LINEUP

From today (14 October) we have added three fan-favourite films to our regular lineup of shows in the Perpetual Guardian Planetarium.

After the success of Spacetronauts and We Are Stars 3D during the school holidays, we have added both of them, along with our in-house produced Zealandia: Life on the Hidden Continent, to our lineup of planetarium shows.
 

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SPACETRONAUTS

Hitch a ride with our planetarium pilots through the solar system. Take a close-up look at the Sun, fly through the rings of Saturn, and hold on to your helmets as we do some amazing science experiments to learn about the planets in our solar system.


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WE ARE STARS 3D

Connect life on Earth to the evolution of the Universe by following the formation of the earliest Hydrogen atoms into the molecules for life today. With expert input from leading cosmologists, astrophysicists, astrochemists, planetary scientists, and astrobiologists, We Are Stars present's humanity's current understanding of where everything, the Sun, stars, and even people, came from.


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ZEALANDIA: LIFE ON THE HIDDEN CONTINENT

In 2017, a team of researchers announced the greatest geological discovery of our time: the existence of an eighth continent, almost completely submerged beneath the Pacific Ocean. They called their discovery Zealandia.


Perpetual Guardian Planetarium
$7–$12 | Films run hourly from 12.30pm weekdays and 10.30am weekends
Book tickets here