CPIT partners with Science Alive to bring Celebration of Light Festival to the community

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10 Apr 2015

CPIT is hosting a week-long 'Celebration of Light Festival', being run by Science Alive in recognition of the United Nations General Assembly declaring 2015 as the Year of Light and Light Based Technologies. 

CPIT tutor Miranda Satterthwaite is pleased to be partnering with Science Alive for the event. "Science Alive are such a huge part of the Christchurch community and so it's wonderful to be able to support them to put on this event," she says. "It's also great to encourage many young people into science subjects and we're really excited to see them learn more about light."

The event will be held at the CPIT Madras St Campus from April 11 – 17th and will include a "variety of activities for the whole family", says Science Alive representative Rebecca Sandys.  "The aim of the festival is to provide exciting, creative, and educational activities to be enjoyed by families and young adults in the April holiday period."

The Science Alive building on Moorhouse Ave was demolished as a result of the 2011 earthquakes and since then the not-for-profit trust has only been able to operate its programmes on a smaller scale through schools and libraries.

Sandys says the partnership with CPIT marks the return for Science Alive to its roots as providing community events for the whole family. 

"This festival could not have been done without CPIT," Sandys says. "Science Alive has been open since 1992 and has always had a focus on family activites; making science fun and interactive for people of all ages. Having the CPIT space means being able to put on the first big event that the whole family can enjoy since the earthquakes. It's a great step for us."

One of the main attractions at the Festival will be the Tinker zones and Workshops, where children and families can build light based creations from new and recycled materials.  Older children can bring along their bike, skateboard or scooter to accessorise with different types of LED lighting.

Acclaimed research fellow Dr Graham walker will provide daily Live Science shows, while families can also book sessions to experience the night sky via a planetarium show in the festival's star dome. 

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CPIT is also providing free "Light it Up" holiday programmes to allow year 11 and 12 students to discover the science of illumination with course. Through demonstrations, experiments and practical activities, the three-day "Light It Up" programme explores how light is used in a wide range of areas including engineering, health and architecture.

For more information on the Celebration of Light visit www.sciencealive.co.nz