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.



T: @NZSciFest


© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


Trade: NZ Trade Deficit Widens To A Record In September

Oct. 27 (BusinessDesk) - New Zealand's monthly trade deficit widened to a record in September as meat exports dropped to their lowest level in more than three years. More>>


Animal Welfare: Cruel Practices Condemned By DairyNZ Chief

DairyNZ chief executive Tim Mackle says cruel and illegal practices are not in any way condoned or accepted by the industry as part of dairy farming.

Tim says the video released today by Farmwatch shows some footage of transport companies and their workers, as well as some unacceptable behaviour by farmers of dragging calves. More>>


Postnatal Depression: 'The Thief That Steals Motherhood' - Alison McCulloch

Post-natal depression is a sly and cruel illness, described by one expert as ‘the thief that steals motherhood’, it creeps up on its victims, hiding behind the stress and exhaustion of being a new parent, catching many women unaware and unprepared. More>>


DIY: Kiwi Ingenuity And Masking Tape Saves Chick

Kiwi ingenuity and masking tape has saved a Kiwi chick after its egg was badly damaged endangering the chick's life. The egg was delivered to Kiwi Encounter at Rainbow Springs in Rotorua 14 days ago by a DOC worker with a large hole in its shell and against all odds has just successfully hatched. More>>


International Trade: Key To Lead Mission To India; ASEAN FTA Review Announced

Prime Minister John Key will lead a trade delegation to India next week, saying the pursuit of a free trade agreement with the protectionist giant is "the primary reason we're going" but playing down the likelihood of early progress. More>>



MYOB: Digital Signatures Go Live

From today, Inland Revenue will begin accepting “digital signatures”, saving businesses and their accountants a huge amount of administration time and further reducing the need for pen and paper in the workplace. More>>

Oil Searches: Norway's Statoil Quits Reinga Basin

Statoil, the Norwegian state-owned oil company, has given up oil and gas exploration in Northland's Reinga Basin, saying the probably of a find was 'too low'. More>>


Modern Living: Auckland Development Blowouts Reminiscent Of Run Up To GFC

The collapse of property developments in Auckland is "almost groundhog day" to the run-up of the global financial crisis in 2007/2008 as banks refuse to fund projects due to blowouts in construction and labour costs, says John Kensington, the author of KPMG's Financial Institutions Performance Survey. More>>


Get More From Scoop

Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news