Mayor delighted by road show’s return


After enthralling children and adults alike, mobile science laboratory Lab-In-A-Box will return to Oamaru these school holidays.
Lab-In-A-Box, built in a 20-foot shipping container, comes fully equipped with an array of science gear and staff from the Otago Museum and University of Otago.
It is designed to be a resource to excite school pupils, communities and teachers about experimental science.
Waitaki Mayor Gary Kircher said the lab would be back in Oamaru because many people missed out when it was last in the town several weeks ago.
“I received lots of great feedback from people when the lab was here during Easter. “There were some comments from people who missed the opportunity to enjoy it _ either because they didn’t know it was there or they had other things on,” Mr Kircher said.
“We’ve worked with the Otago Museum and Otago University and are thrilled that we can bring it back to Oamaru for two days, so more people get the opportunity to enjoy it,” he said.
He expected there to be a lot of interest from the North Otago public.
Some of the equipment featured in the lab includes two stereo and three compound microscopes, a high-speed camera, a programmable telescope and an optical telescope, a mobile electron microscope, a fully-automated weather station and a full chemistry lab.
There is also other safety gear and equipment such as lab coats, glassware and general lab supplies.
The Lab-In-A-Box will be at Friendly Bay on April 27 and 28, and will be open to the public from 10am to 3pm with a science show at lunchtime.
Entry is free.
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