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Terrific terrains

Here’s the next in our blog series introducing the science associated with some of the exciting interactives in the newly opened Tūhura Otago Community Trust Science Centre. Isobel Andrewartha, Science Communicator, Operations, shares some of her favourite terrain terminology. Terrain is the physical landscape, above and below sea level. Common features are familiar to us all: mountains, plains, hills, lakes. But there are lesser-known types of terrain out there as well; some have names you might not have come across. These are a few of my favourites: *Thalweg –* the lowest lying part of a valley (often underwater in a river). Thalwegs are important because many countries or states define their borders...

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The New Year and the month ahead

  The Museum has been buzzing with excitement since the December opening of our amazing Tūhura Otago Community Trust Science Centre which includes the refreshed Tropical Forest butterfly enclosure. Our visitors are loving trying out all the fantastic new interactives as well as seeing the butterflies again, and meeting the new giant stick insects. Come along at 1.30pm in the weekends to get up-close and personal with these gentle giants (included with your Tūhura admission). You need plenty of time to have a go at everything as well as see the butterflies, so we are offering a great new deal – an annual pass for Tūhura so you can spend as much...

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I See Red

The Tūhura Otago Community Trust Science Centre opens this Saturday 16 December. In this blog series the Museum’s communicators introduce the science associated with some of the exciting new interactives. Here Science and Education Communicator Nick Yeats explores how the colour red impacts on humans and other animals.

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The Month Ahead @ OM : December

December has arrived and excitement is mounting with the opening of Tūhura! This is followed by our Christmas festivities – Christmas @ OM performers and the Elves’ Workshop and Makerspace. Join us for lots of seasonal fun!

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Introducing Front of House Officer Emily, who has been welcoming visitors to Otago Museum and  inspiring them with her passion for Anthropology for the last two years.

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The opening of Tūhura Otago Community Trust Science Centre

After four years of planning and five months of construction, Tūhura Otago Community Trust Science Centre is nearing completion, with the doors set to open to the public on Saturday 16 December at 10am.

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The Future of Science Engagement – A Practitioner Perspective

Join Prime Minister's Science Communication Prize recipients, Dr Michelle Dickinson MNZM – aka Nanogirl – and Dr Ian Griffin, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s Science Advisor Professor Hamish Spencer, together with science engagement leaders Dr Barbara Anderson (Ahi Pepe MothNet) and Professor Peter Dearden (Lab in a Box) to discuss the future of science engagement in New Zealand. Chaired by Dr Victoria Metcalf (National Coordinator, Participatory Science Platform) the panel reflects on their experiences of connecting and inspiring the public with science, and the challenges and opportunities looking forward.

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A recipe for mice – life before microscopes

Here Science Communicator Claire Concannon continues our series introducing the science associated with some of the exciting new interactives in the soon-to-open Tūhura Otago Community Trust Science Centre.

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The eye of the storm

Here’s the latest instalment in our series introducing the science associated with some of the exciting new interactives in the soon-to-open Tūhura Otago Community Trust Science Centre. Living Environments Communicator Eden Gray explains the inner workings of tornadoes.

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you were swept up into the eye of a tornado?

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The Month Ahead @ OM: November

The end of the year is looming fast and November offers a great chance to get to the Museum for some of our special happenings before things get really busy!

The Museum’s highlight of the year continues: our popular Life before Dinosaurs: Permian Monsters from Gondwana Studios is wowing visitors with its life-size animatronics, fossil dig-pits and stunning artwork that offers a glimpse into the deep past. Special Exhibitions Gallery. Paid admission.

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