Video | Business Headlines | Internet | Science | Scientific Ethics | Technology | Search

 


Dr Bunhead’s blend of science and spectacle set for SciFest

Dr Bunhead’s blend of science and spectacle set for SciFest



Dr Bunhead promises a feast of science and spectacle

A Guinness World Record spud bazooka, liquid-nitrogen-cooled stunt bananas, the world's biggest indoor cloud, chocolate-powered flamethrowers and “heaps of other science stuff that your teacher never did in school” will all be unleashed on audiences at this year’s New Zealand International Science Festival, to be held in Dunedin from 5-13 July.

“Stunt scientist” Tom Pringle, otherwise known as Dr Bunhead, says he’ll be “joyriding through the world of science using an anarchic blend of WOW! Factor demonstrations, bringing audiences face-to-face with the silly, crazy, dirty, dangerous and magnificent side of science.”

The zany Edinburgh-based science educator says that he has got shows and workshops lined up for kids, adults and school teachers and is preparing a special performance for a Pasifika audience that he is “very excited about”.

“My shows are especially suitable for anyone who hates (or hated) science at school, and in each show I tease out some science explanations behind the everyday experiences and objects that we take for granted,” says Tom Pringle.

Festival Director Chris Green, who saw him perform at the Edinburgh Science Festival in 2013, said Dr Bunhead’s events are in keeping with the New Zealand International Science Festival’s message of ‘leave boring behind’.

“This is a rare opportunity to have someone of Tom Pringle’s calibre at the festival, and anyone who knows his work on the TV programme "Brainiac: Science Abuse will have a good idea of his ‘oooh, wow, aaaaargh, cool’ emotional rollercoaster approach to science. He takes everyday objects and turns them into a science-themed barrage of contraptions, whooshes, bangs and flashes – to use his own colourful description.”

Pringle (AKA Dr Bunhead) has been a globe-trotting, freelance science communicator for almost 20 years. He has an international reputation as a pioneer of performance-science shows and immersive training programmes in science communication and professional development for school teachers. His television work has been broadcast worldwide by the BBC, Discovery, Sky and Disney channels; he featured in all 6 series of Sky One's cult show Brainiac: Science Abuse and in both series of the BBC's Hyperlinks, with further appearances on the BBC's Blue Peter, The Weather Show, The Slammer and Life According To Fred, alongside occasional BBC radio appearances. He previously attended the New Zealand International Science Festival in 2000.

The festival programme – including Dr Bunhead’s events will be officially announced in late May, with tickets on sale from early June. Announcements of other key international guests will be made in the coming months.

Tom Pringle’s visit to the New Zealand International Science Festival has been made possible with the generous support of Mitre 10 Mega. The 2014 New Zealand International Science Festival is sponsored by two major funding partners, the University of Otago and the Dunedin City Council.

W: www.scifest.org.nz

F: https://www.facebook.com/nzscifest

T: @NZSciFest

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Negotiations Fail: Christchurch Convention Centre Build To Proceed Without PCNZ

After protracted negotiations, the government has ditched the construction consortium it picked to build Christchurch's replacement convention centre, which it now anticipates delivering at least two years behind the original schedule. More>>

ALSO:

Ruataniwha: Greenpeace Launches Legal Challenge Against $1b Dam Plan

Greenpeace NZ is launching a legal challenge against a controversial plan to build a dam that’s set to cost close to $1 billion and will pollute a region’s rivers. More>>

ALSO:

Inequality: Top 10% Of Housholds Have Half Of Total Net Worth

The average New Zealand household was worth $289,000 in the year to June 2015, Statistics New Zealand said today. However wealth was not evenly distributed, with the top 10 percent accounting for around half of total wealth. In contrast, the bottom 40 percent held 3 percent of total wealth. More>>

ALSO:

What Winter? Temperature Records Set For June 20-22

The days around the winter soltice produced a number of notably warm tempertaures. More>>

Conservation Deal: New Kākāpō Recovery Partnership Welcomed

Conservation Minister Maggie Barry says the new kakapo recovery partnership between DOC and Meridian Energy is great news for efforts to save one of New Zealand’s most beloved birds. More>>

ALSO:

Tech Sector Report: Joyce Warns Asian Tech Investors View NZ As Hobbits And Food

Speaking in Wellington at the launch of a report showcasing the value of the technology sector to the New Zealand economy, Joyce said more had to be done to tell the country's technology stories overseas. More>>

ALSO:

Mediaglommeration: APN Gets OIO Approval For Demerger Plan

APN News & Media has received Overseas Investment Office approval for its plan to split out its NZME unit ahead of a potential merger with rival Fairfax Media's New Zealand operations. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sci-Tech
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news