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Modern Science on Show in Rotorua

For immediate release
24 February 2009

Media Release: Modern Science on Show in Rotorua

Rotorua locals interested in taking a tour through a termite's intestines will need to keep Saturday March 21 free for Crown Research Institute Scion's community open day.

'Science in the Park' is a public event that provides everyone with the opportunity to learn more about modern science and about how Scion's 300 scientists spend their day.

Visitors will have from between 9-3 to experience the interactive displays, participate in science experiments, take a tour of trees used in research trials or simply enjoy a day on Scion's tree-lined grounds.

Scion Chief Executive Dr Tom Richardson says Science in the Park is all about helping the community gain a better understanding of Scion's work and the contribution local science makes to New Zealand.

"It's about bringing science alive for people. Science is everywhere and it impacts on everything we see and do - the food we eat, the materials we use, our health and our environment," says Tom.

"This event is also our way of throwing open the front door and inviting people in for a look around and a chat.

"Scion staff love to get the chance to share how they make a difference through science with others and if the response from the last event is anything to go by, the community loves getting to know us better as well."

Some of the activities on offer at Science in the Park include learning how to make compostable plant pots, controlling the pollination of pine trees and taking a World of Trees tour.

Tom says Scion's first ever Science in the Park held in 2007 was a phenomenal success, attended by around 1000 family groups and more than 3500 people.

"The last event was the first time Scion had held an Open Day for around 20 years and we are expecting an even better response this time around.

"This year we have a whole range of new displays and activities to share with the public so bring along your picnic, your friends and family and come and learn more about the broader world around you and the amazing work that goes on right here in Rotorua."

Science in the Park is proudly supported by Rotorua's More FM.


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