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New Zealand Science Teacher

Science Curriculum/Scientific Literacy

Exploring the unknown: to Mars and beyond

A chance for you and your students to meet a NASA space explorer.

Ever wanted to know more about what life’s like for a space explorer? Looking to spice up your space science teaching?

Dr Charles Elachi is a self-confessed ‘space junkie’ who led the recent mission to Mars with a rover called Curiosity.

As part of the Pickering Lecture series, he will tour New Zealand in late March, giving talks on space exploration and about his role as director of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Topics covered will include his work developing robotics and other high-tech devices in a quest to understand more about our solar system.

In addition, he has written more than 230 publications in the fields of active microwave remote sensing and electromagnetic theory. Dr Elachi also holds several patents in those fields – and space exploration has been a life-long quest to which he has dedicated his 40-year career.

With free entry and no registration necessary, the events would be perfect for science students, teachers, and other curious minds like. Hosted by the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ), each lecture starts at 6.30pm sharp and lasts one hour.

If you or your students happen to have a burning question about space exploration, there will be an opportunity to ask Dr Elachi about it during the Q&A session following the presentation.

The Pickering Lectures are open to the public, no registration is required and entrance is free. 

Further information (including downloadable A3 posters) can be found on the IPENZ website.  Hard copies of posters are available from IPENZ to publicise the event.

Lecture tour schedule:

Wellington, 6.30pm 24 March – Shed 6, Queens Wharf, Wellington
A3 Wellington event poster (pdf, 376 KB)

Christchurch, 6.30pm 25 March – Aurora Centre, Burnside High School, 151 Greers Road, Burnside, Christchurch
A3 Christchurch event poster (pdf, 375 KB)

Hamilton, 6.30pm 26 March – Hamilton Gardens Pavilion, Hungerford Crescent (off Cobham Drive), SH1, Hamilton
A3 Hamilton event poster (pdf, 375 KB)

Auckland, 6.30pm 27 March – Dorothy Winstone Centre, Auckland Girls Grammar School, 16 Howe Street, Newton, Auckland
A3 Auckland event poster (pdf, 375 KB)

Listen to Charles Elachi speaking about his work in this 2012 TED talk.

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