Te Kōanga (September 19 – 27, 2015)
Te Kōanga is the Māori word for “spring.” With Te Kōanga, we celebrate the return of the sun and rejuvenation its warm light brings as part of our Illuminating New Zealand International Year of Light programme. From September 19–27, the southern hemisphere’s vernal equinox, universities and museums across the country will join to bring the magic of light to school children and other museum-goers. The general lectures and hands-on activities in Te Kōanga are part of the UNESCO 2015 International Year of Light, and of the Illuminating New Zealand NZ-wide celebration of light and light-based technologies. Museums across New Zealand will be running free public events, and reaching thousands of children through formal and informal education outside the classroom programmes.
EVENTS AT A MUSEUM NEAR YOU
Join us for a Gala Opening from 7:00 – 9:00 pm on September 19, 2015 in MOTAT’s Discovery Dome!! There will be a light and music show, glow-in-the-dark face paint, ultraviolet drawings, food, fun and more. Visit MOTAT’s website for location and parking information. Entrance to the Gala Opening is FREE.
From September 21 – 25, we will be doing hands-on demonstrations of exciting experiments with light for visitors to MOTAT (the museum’s general admission fees apply). We will also be handing out Light Matters experiment kits to MOTAT visitors, so you can keep experimenting at home. Kit numbers are limited, so get yours early!
Join us for the exciting closing celebration in the Otago Museum Atrium from 11:30 am – 4:30 pm on 27 September, 2015! There will be a range of fun hands-on science demonstrations for children and their families, glowing face paint, a “Let there be Light!” science show and the “Luminescence” series of science talks about light and its remarkable uses. Entrance is FREE.
We will also be handing out Light Matters experiments kits to Otago Museum visitors, so you can keep experimenting at home. Kit numbers are limited, so get yours early! Visit the Otago Museum website for location and parking information.
At the Kauri Museum, we will be doing hands-on demonstrations of exciting experiments with light for school students on the 24th and 25th of September. On Saturday the 26th, we will have expert talks, hands on demonstrations, and will be be handing out Light Matters experiment kits to Kauri Museum visitors, so you can keep experimenting at home. Kit numbers are limited, so get yours early!
At the Nelson Provincial Museum we will be demonstrating exciting, fun hands-on experiments to school children on September 25, 2015. These primary school students will also go home with Light Matters kits, so that they can keep on asking (and answering) questions about light and light-based technologies. For more information about the Nelson Provincial Museum, please visit their website.
The South Otago Museum has an ambitious programme of visits by school children during the week of September 21 – 25, 2015! These children will experience fun and interactive experiments with light and light-based technologies, delivered by experts from around New Zealand. We will be handing out Light Matters experiment kits to these children and their teachers, so they can keep experimenting at home.
In the evening of September 24, the museum and the Balclutha Rotary Club are hosting a pair of key-note lectures discussing the wonders and innovative uses of light in our lives. And on Saturday the 26th of September, children and their families can come visit our experts at the South Otago Museum. A limited number of Light Matters kits will be given to children, so come early to get yours!
More information about the location, hours and parking of the South Otago Museum can be found at this website.
At the Canterbury Museum we will be doing hands-on, exciting experiments with light and light-based technologies from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm each day, during September 19 – 27. We also will be handing out Light Matters experiment kits to children, families and teachers so they can keep on experimenting when they return home or to the classroom. The number of kits is limited, so come early to get one!
During the weekends (19-20 and 26-27 September), our Light Matters kits will be given to children and families when they attend the Space Place museum, so they can continue their explorations at home. There are limited numbers of kits, so come early to get yours! There also will be exciting craft activities about light and astronomy – great educational fun for the whole family!
Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand, has an exciting day of demonstrations and hands-on activities with some of New Zealand’s top educators. Children and their families should come to should come to Nature Space on Level 2 on Saturday September 26 between 10am and 2pm. We will be handing out Light Matters experiment kits to children, so they can keep experimenting at home. Kit numbers are limited, so come early to get yours!
Education outside the classroom …
Education outside the classroom is a key component of the New Zealand national educational curriculum. These programmes offer the opportunity to reach thousands of school children and their teachers from across New Zealand. We will be handing out our Light Matters kits to children and teachers, so they continue to express their curiousity, asking and answering questions about the science and technology of light, long after the 9-day Te Kōanga events at the museums is over.
The following museums are linking the Te Kōanga events to formal and informal versions of these important programmes: