New Zealand

Tūhura Tuarangi - Aotearoa in Space

2023 2023 Winner Project | Engage Science Engagement (Falling Walls Engage)

Tūhura Tuarangi (meaning ‘to discover space’) – Aotearoa in Space is a mobile science showcase that inspires young people and their families to explore Aotearoa New Zealand’s long history of living by the stars and current directions in space research and technology.

Through hands-on experiences, visitors discover space practices, technologies, and tools developed and used in Aotearoa; from recognising important stars and astronomical cycles, to building satellites, launching rockets, flying a space plane, and creating (and igniting) rocket fuel. These experiences are framed within traditional Māori narratives that speak to indigenous understandings of the night sky and Aotearoa’s journeys towards unknown horizons, past, present, and future.

The showcase is also complemented by expert talks, livestreams, and other space-related events and makerspaces. These initiatives further emphasise that careers in space are accessible and a foundation in STEM can lead to exciting opportunities.

Andrew James Mills

Tūhura Otago Museum

Andrew Mills is a passionate science communicator with a PhD in Psychology from the University of Otago. Currently part of Tūhura Otago Museum’s Science Engagement Team, Andrew helps coordinate science outreach efforts across Aotearoa New Zealand and into the Pacific.

In his role, Andrew strives to make complex concepts in science, research, and technology more accessible through hands-on demonstrations and interactives. He collaborates with indigenous experts, industry professionals, and science researchers—weaving together specialised knowledge for audiences of all ages.

Events with Andrew James Mills

Tue | Nov 07, 2023 | 02.00 PM - 05.30 PM Berlin Time

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