Science Spinners Creative Lab

Turning science on its head this 12 & 13 November

The Creative Lab houses four mini-labs, featuring 12 cool interactive activities; giving students an insight into how science applies to everyday life with an overview into some of the awesome careers science can lead to!

Hosted at the Hamilton Gardens, our activities are run by Kudos scientists and our industry professionals who have volunteered their time to be part of building our next generation of scientists, innovators and entrepreneurs.

Choose your day, register your students and download the Permission slip for your students now!

Don’t miss this great opportunity to be part of Science Spinners 2019.


“Don’t squeeze it!” How good are you at telling the difference between ripened and unripened fruit? See why it’s important to the industry and find out what technology they’re using to do this job!

“Meet Doris, our dairy cow”. We’re a dairying nation and we love our milk! Have you ever wondered about that process? Find out about digestion, rumination and how we get that great quality milk!

“Eww, would you eat that?” Have you wondered where your food’s been before you get it off the shelf? How many different processes did it pass through to get to you, and how safe is it really??

Hosted by Plant & Food Research, DairyNZ and Liz Carpenter

Play da game

How do we jump? We’re taking students through the different movements required to optimize their vertical jump performance using two different types of equipment.

Spinning mini putt on its head. Using state of the art technology, student will understand and analyze the movement requirements of the golf putt.

Speed and Reaction! Students will get to test their speed through our speed lights, throwing in a reaction component to mix it up for the students.

Let’s test power. Students will battle it out on the Wattbikes to see who can put out the most power in a 6 second time frame.

Hosted by the University of Waikato

Body Rock’n

What it takes to keep a heart pumping; Get hands on experience at how this state of the art equipment is used – test your skills at keeping flow and pressure…and grasp the exciting science behind your heart and lungs.

Looking inside with echo technology: Scan and detect what’s going on with your veins, what’s their real function and how do they keep blood flowing through them?

Under pressure… Let us test your ability to navigate some challenging tasks and see if you have what it takes to keep calm, focussed and controlled like some of our world leading surgeons! Get ready to compete with your mates!

Our living world

Environment, engineering and technology – How do these fit together?

The concept of convection current is a phenomena that can be observed all around in our everyday lives – how does it apply to a hot air balloon, boiling water, combustion or engines?

Pressure generated via gas production is the concept of endothermic reaction and is in our every day lives for example, melting or ice cubes and combustion in cars -Build a car using household items and see if you can make it move!

Thermographic imaging from space…Can you see your football field from space? What is this and how does it apply to important daily tasks for farmers, surveyors, engineers.

Hosted by LIC and ScienceBox

Our Creative Lab Hostess with the Mostess!

Eteroa Lafaele

Favourite Quote: “if in doubt, Britney it out!”

Eteroa is a great inspiration to all young people especially Pasifika and Maori. Growing up in Porirua and facing challenges of tradition careers she has shown that her enthusiasm and passion to succeed in a pathway different to the norm for most PIs was absolutely achievable! She even broke the norm when accepting her Degree, inspiring many to realise their potential for STEM careers.

Need help getting there?

Our Kudos programmes are free to decile 5 and under Waikato secondary schools. Reimbursement of reasonable travel costs to and from the school apply with support for relief teachers where applicable. Lunches are provided for all students and teachers attending the programmes.

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Huge thanks to our Creative Lab supporters