Science Alive! is running the The Celebration of Light Festival at (CPIT) Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology.

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The festival will offer a unique and innovative educational opportunity for young and old to understand and learn about Light and Light-based Technologies and how this will impact on our lives in the future.

The Festival will consist of over 28 hands- on exhibits educating the public/students and children with exhibits based on Science of Light, the merits of reducing electricity use, and the ideals of sustainability.

The festival will also feature:

  • Tinker zones –  building light based creations from new and recycled materials. We will have workshops to help people with the basics of the light technology then they can let their creativity run wild.
  • Exhibition with 30 hands-on science exhibits. Some of these we have managed to partner with businesses from around Christchurch to showcase their innovative work. (See enclosed list).
  • Science shows with Graham Walker. Graham will present three shows a day for the duration of the festival – free with entry to the exhibition.  This show is being developed especially for IYOL.
  • Fashion partnerships with Canterbury Fashion and Beauty week and also Rochester Museum in New York State. We are running an “Emerging Designers” Fashion Competition entitled “Illuminating Fashion”. Competitors must incorporate LED lighting into the constructed garments.  This is open to all Canterbury Secondary Students and Tertiary Fashion Students.  Finalists will have their garments shown at the Canterbury Collections Fashion Show. All designs will be invited to take part in a simulcast fashion event with Rochester Museum on April 18th.
  • Canon photo competition celebrating all aspects of light. Primary, Secondary and Open sections with camera prizes for the first two sections. The winning photos will be exhibited during the festival and later at the Rochester Museum in the US.

This event is sponsored by Science Alive!

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