A successful recipe for studying dolphins involves mixing a quarter part observing and
collecting data with three quarters parts playing with photos, maps, stats and sound waves!
 How do we know the universe is
 How do we know what the sun is
made of?
 How cold is it really, on Neptune?
 How do we find planets that orbit
another star?
 How are atoms put together?
Our universe is burning with questions,
and in this session we will answer some
of the most important ones. Come along
as we explore the secrets of our universe
in a session full of experiments using very
cool equipment. Experiments that will
amaze your eyes and fascinate your
Lei is in her third year of doing a BSc in Physics
and Maths at Victoria University. She is currently
working as a lab demonstrator for the 100-level
Physics courses and is also involved in a project
regarding levitating superconductors.
It is important and rewarding to be able to
communicate the fundamentals of science to all
ages and thus Lei enjoys contributing her part in
teaching some cool Physics to others.
In the future, Lei would like to complete a PhD in
Physics and eventually become a lecturer.
While marine researchers need to spend a lot
of time on the water following marine
mammals, they also need a good knowledge
of maths and other skills to make sense of
their observations.
New Zealand is unique as it serves as one of
the main southern migratory corridors for
marine mammal species. As a result, more
than half of all the known cetaceans (whales,
dolphins and porpoises) and pinnipeds (seals
and sea lions) species live or migrate through
New Zealand waters. However, detailed
information is only available for a handful of
our marine mammal species.
Join Deanna in exploring some of the amazing tools researchers are currently using to
gather data on New Zealand’s marine mammals. In these sessions, we will investigate how
we can count the number of dolphins in a local population (like Tasman or Golden Bay) and
also simulate some of the things that could cause the population to grow or decline; birth,
death, immigration/emigration, natural disasters/benefits, and human impacts.
Dr Deanna Clement is a marine mammal
ecologist with the Cawthron Institute and
has been researching marine mammal
species throughout New Zealand waters
over the last 14 years
She helps assess how coastal projects, like
marine aquaculture or wastewater discharge,
may affect coastal marine mammal
populations. She is also currently leading the
new South Island Hector’s dolphin abundance
estimate using line-transect methodologies
from several different platforms (boat,
helicopter and fixed-wing plane).
Some things that you might have
thought were impossible can be
done using computer science,
while other things that might
seem easy have turned out to be
Solve your very own investigation.
This session includes an interactive
staged scene of crime with
discussion and demonstration
relating to various sciences and
methods that assist Police to solve
crime, identify offenders and obtain
successful prosecutions.
By looking at a magic trick,
phone book ripping techniques,
and the traveling salesman, you
will find out the kinds of things
the computer scientists need to
deal with to create new apps and
systems that make the world a
better place.
Tim Bell has run computer science shows
and workshops for many years, including at
the Edinburgh International Science Festival,
at Google headquarters in London, Mountain
View and Sydney, and at the Facebook
headquarters in Silicon Valley.
He grew up in Nelson, has taught in several
countries, but now lives in Christchurch.
His day job is teaching Computer Science at the
University of Canterbury, but he also works as
a professional musician in his spare time.
Students will be challenged on
observation skills and preservation
of evidence.
John is a Senior Constable at
Nelson Police and he has been
‘on the job’ for over 33 years.
During that time he has held
various roles within the Police
and is now a qualified Youth
Education Officer.
A basic introduction to how
technology has been used in human
conflict throughout history.
This session enables you to
experience navigating and piloting
a ship into port in Holland or
Science and technology have
transformed the art of war and war
has had a profound effect on
technological development.
Experience the simulator in
NMIT’s brand new Maritime
We will look at the underlying
scientific principles of camouflage,
stealth and nutrition as well as the
development of weapons and armour
from pre-history to the present day.
Also explore paper and electronic
shipping charts, echosound and
Born in the ancient kingdom of Wessex in South West England in 1966 Mike describes
himself as an Existentialist Fortean Heretic Biker.
Having failed to get a dangerous enough job in NATO he went on to study Applied
Chemistry at Brunel University and later Environmental
Protection at the University of Surrey.
After working with Analytical Chemistry, books,
motorcycles, the IRS, sheep and a wide variety of
humans he decided to ignore everyone’s advice
and became a teacher.
Mike has been a resident in NZ since 2002 but
still has a funny accent.
He is presently teaching Chemistry, Physics and
Science at Waimea College and lives in rural
Brooklyn. His interests include rocketry,
motorcycling, historical re-enactment and baking.
Roger went to sea at 19 and spent the next
28yrs as an Officer (in Radio/Electronics) with
the British Merchant Navy, Union Steam Ship
Company and the Cook Strait ferries.
As an expert in a niche area, Roger enjoys
sharing his in-depth knowledge with students.
He keeps up to date with maritime
technology and is involved with a research
project using virtual gaming as a remote
teaching tool for ships crews learning Bridge
Resource Management.
In this session you will make and
break some simple codes, and learn
about how to securely send
information electronically.
In a reaction to the total digital movement
many artists are reintroducing hand
drawn elements in their design.
In this session you will be mixing up
handmade images with digital design.
You will photograph your handmade piece
and manipulate it in Photoshop and
Illustrator with some interesting effects.
Depending on time and your
interests there may also be a
discussion on how to share secrets
among a group of people and
explore the idea of public key
cryptography and digital signatures.
Basic experience in these programmes
Steven Galbraith is a mathematician at the
University of Auckland.
His research is in number theory and
cryptography (the science of secret
communication). He has never worked for
the NSA or GCSB or Kim Dotcom, but he
did once train secret agents from
Adi Tait is an artist and graphic designer
who has exhibited widely and teaches
drawing and design at NMIT. She was
artistic director for the last three Operas in
the Park and was the community event
organiser for NCC for three years.
Adi is passionate about creating and
teaching art related projects and getting
students to think laterally.
This introduction to filmmaking covers the basics of movie making, from writing to
shooting to editing.
Taking inspiration from George Clarkes
‘Amazing Spaces’ and Paul’s own building
journey, look at living small in an age
where resources are becoming more
scarce and energy consumption more
Enthusiasm and good teamworking skills are
essential as this class will be hi-octane and
packed full of practical activity and fun.
If you love films and want to be a filmmaker
one day, or you just want to know more
about how movies are made then this class is
for you. Horror, comedy, drama, fantasy,
action - you can make it!
What should the future house look like?
Should we dream big or be thinking small?
After a brief introduction, students will have
a crash course on script writing, followed by
shooting (with information on camera
angles, real life onset protocol, etc), how to
import footage into an editing system, then
editing their own film, shot that day.
Examine the space, energy requirements
and desires for your own living
environment and consider technological
solutions and multifunctionality to
address issues.
Paul is the Director of ICT at Waimea College.
He has recently been fascinated by the process
of designing and building his own family home.
Outside of school and the workshop his other
interests include art and killing tunes on
Hayden J. Weal worked as Martin
Freeman's stand in and body double on
Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy for
two years.
He has also produced and written an
action comedy short film ‘Hot Rob’ that
played in festivals overseas, and acts as
the character Tom Crooze on ‘Girl vs
Boy’ the TV2 series.

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