Air-Fest Alexandra

19 November 2018 - 3:00pm to 8:00pm

Where: Centennial Court Motor Inn, 96 Centennial Avenue, Bridge Hill, Alexandra, Otago, New Zealand.

Hear from junior students (9-11 year old) and researchers from New Zealand and Australia about air quality and weather in Alexandra.

An exhibit by students and adults around air quality and weather science. This event is free, but we do ask that you register.

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More about the event

What is going on with smoke inside your home?

Poor air quality is a problem during winter in many New Zealand regions, but four months ago, year 5 and 6 pupils at Alexandra Primary School teamed up with NIWA scientists to answer this question. Together, young citizen scientists, their teacher and NIWA scientists launched the project “What’s in your air, Alex?”

During this winter, the children installed sensors in their homes to observe and better understand air quality. They also used an app-based survey, built by AUT’s Centre for Learning and Teaching (CfLAT), to record whether they would see or smell smoke and whether it had affected their breathing.

This community event will reveal the findings of this project. Here is what you can look forward to:

  • Through art work and short presentations, the children and their teacher will tell us about their experience and what they found out.
  • For the first time, a panel of scientists will release brand new data on air quality in the town and in homes.
  • We will explore ideas and welcome members of the community who would like to get involved next year.

The panel

Dr Ian Longley |  Ayushi Kachhara ... further panelists to be confirmed, watch this space.

Event details

3:00 - 6:00 pm

Exhibition hosted by students and scientists

6:00 - 7:00 pm

Short talks and panel discussion featuring scientists from New Zealand and Australia, plus staff and students from Alexandra Primary School

7:00 - 8:00 pm

Question and answer session – meet the scientists

We will be providing light refreshments during the event and the event is free for all.

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Centennial Court Motor Inn
96 Centennial Avenue Bridge Hill
9340 Alexandra