Bio-luminescent bacteria, science demonstrations and astrophotography will wow young minds at the annual Space and Science Festival.
The festival, being held this May at Onslow College in Wellington and Greytown Primary School in the Wairarapa, delivers a mix of spectacular science displays, science talks and classroom activity for primary school children.
The festival’s key objective is to make science more accessible to young minds by providing exciting experiences and encouraging interest in a wide range of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) activities.
The electronic rocket circuit shown above is the first of its kind available for primary school children in New Zealand. It is one of the many innovations helping spur and nurture children’s passions with the ultimate aim of growing the number of students who go on to study and work in STEM-related fields.
By allowing early access to ‘real electronics’ that are not always covered by school curriculums, the Festival is helping spark children’s interest. Building this interest and connection from a young age is crucial to involvement is these topics later in life.
With the festival entering its fifth year, Westpac is supplying volunteers and EFTPOS machines to help support the running of the festival.
Westpac chief information officer Dawie Oliver says the science and technology fair represents “the excitement and joy that brought the team and I into the technology industry in the first place”.
“Our commitment to helping grow a better New Zealand aligns perfectly with this investment in the technology future of our youth. Lee and his team do an absolutely amazing job and delight kids and parents alike every year, and we are proud to help and be associated with this fantastic event!”
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