UC brings Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Cosmic Perspective to Kiwi teens

07 July 2017

They love science . . . this much!

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    The 30 ‘I Love Science’ competition winners won the opportunity to attend Neil deGrasse Tyson: A Cosmic Perspective - Christchurch and meet Dr Neil deGrasse Tyson on 4 July, thanks to UC Science.


They love science . . . this much! The University of Canterbury’s College of Science, to celebrate Dr Neil deGrasse Tyson’s visit to Christchurch, ran an “I Love Science” competition for high school students in Years 11 to 13. They were challenged to share their love for science in any form they liked – including art, poetry, storytelling, music, video and more.

The 30 ‘I Love Science’ competition winners won the opportunity to attend Neil deGrasse Tyson: A Cosmic Perspective - Christchurch and meet Dr Neil deGrasse Tyson on 4 July.

As part of the trip, they also got to hear from a range of UC academics including Dr Sarah Keesans, of the University of Canterbury Chemistry Department’s Biomolecular Interaction Centre, who came tantalisingly close to becoming an astronaut this year, making it to the final 50 of more than 18,000 applicants to join NASA’s astronaut class of 2017.

The Year 11-13 students from across Aotearoa New Zealand also saw their scientific art pieces displayed in the foyer of Horncastle Arena before the show. UC hosted the students in Christchurch over two days.

You can see the winning “I Love Science’ artworks on the UC Science website and on YouTube

For further information please contact:

Margaret Agnew, Senior External Relations Advisor, University of Canterbury
Phone: +64 3 369 3631 | Mobile: +64 275 030 168margaret.agnew@canterbury.ac.nz
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