Explorers Auckland Branch Update

Sunday, June 18th, 2017

Here’s what’s been going on in Auckland Explorers in 2017 and what we’re looking forward to…

Magical Entertainment Workshop and AGM – 25 Feb

Magician and recently retired teacher & educational psychologist Tony Wilson has designed a special session just for Explorers. We got to watch a magic show and also got to learn how to do some of the tricks in a workshop, and even went home with a magic wand and booklet of tricks to learn!

Thanks especially to those who stayed for the AGM.

Summer Day Out at Chosen Valley – 25 Mar

Chosen Valley in Drury was the venue again for this year’s Explorers Summer Day Out. It was another great day this year, with some serious weather worries turning into only some light showers that hardly dampened our spirits. The kids enjoyed the wide range of activities including archery, target rifles, an awesome mud slide, kayaks, rafts, trolleys and a confidence course.

This is a great time for children to spend time with other children and have the opportunity to make new friends.


Math Crafts – 8 April

Coming from their Festival at the Museum last year, Tristan Pang organised Dr Nicolette Rattenbury and Dr Tanya Evans to come show us Menger sponges, math origami, tiling, and more. This was a very popular session, and patience and fine motor skills were also necessary!

Philosophy and Construction over Pizza

Our older Explorers continue to enjoy both a philosophical discussion group and a construction group, with pizza to replenish their energy. Isabella Francis is settling in well as the new leader of the philosophical discussions.

Coming Up (details through the Branches www.explorers.org.nz)

Museum Missions – 20 May

The educational department of the Auckland War Memorial Museum is again generously sponsoring a special event for Explorers. Based in Weird and Wonderful, we’ll all be on an exciting mission to collect items from around the museum.

Auckland University Robotic Association – 17 June

Returning by popular demand – Auckland University Robotics Association has been great value and entertainment, and we’re looking forward to having reps from the club demonstrate to Explorers again: showing off the robots they have built, teaching them some concepts we they when designing and building robotic devices, and even getting the kids to drive the robots!

I can’t wait! Thanks to all the people involved in making all this great magic happen.