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Workshop: Augmented Reality Sandbox

Thursday 15 July 2021, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


It’s the tamariki and mokopuna’s turn to come in after dark! Bring your children and grandchildren in when the museum is closed for a special free event during the school holidays. Get hands on to make mountains, rain, lakes, lahars, tsunami – like sandcastles but better.

GNS Science Te Pū Ao Geophysicist/Geologist Jenny Barretto and Dr. Katie Jacobs, geophysicist and seismologist, will give children aged between 8 and 15 years of age access to their  AR Sandbox. This was funded in 2020 by MBIE as part of an Unlocking Curious Minds outreach project, and toured North Island Schools for years 6-8 students as part of their Landforms unit of study.

The Sandbox will be set up in space to the side of Te Taioa Nature where Jenny will lead small groups of 5 children aged between 8 and 15 years of age in exploring the sandbox. They will be organised into similar age groups from 6pm-8pm. This is our third event in the Friends series working with GNS whose scientists are keen to share their experiences, and encourage young people to see careers in STEM as being real possibilities for them in their futures. Early career scientists from GNS working in seismology and volcanology will join us to chat with you in Te Taiao Nature.

As Te Papa will close as usual at 6pm we need guests to be on site by 5.45pm.

Please RSVP using the booking tab below with the number of children who will be attending, with their ages – this can be added into the comments field on the booking page. Only require the number of children attending not adults.  The groups can then be organised in advance.

Numbers are limited. Parking not included.

Jenny Barretto is a Filipino geologist and geophysicist. She investigates how land and underwater features are formed and uses geophysical methods (e.g. gravity and magnetics) to see how these features look like below the surface. Her current work involves using aeromagnetics to help find supercritical geothermal resources in the Taupo Volcanic Zone as part of the MBIE-funded research programme Geothermal: The Next generation.

Dr. Katie Jacobs, geophysicist and seismologist, studies earthquake clustering particularly related to slow slip events and volcanoes.  She is originally from the US and came to New Zealand to study the wealth of earthquakes that occur here.  She is currently co-leading a project investigating slow-slip earth quakes across the Hawkes Bay funded by the Royal Society Te Apārangi.


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Thursday 15 July 2021
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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