Rotary Kaukau is pleased to invite you along to hear all Lee Mauger talk about what motivated him to start the hugely popular Space & Science Festival.

Lee emigrated from Europe to New Zealand 11 years ago, and immediately felt lucky to have stunningly clear views of the night sky on his doorstep. Going from a light polluted location to a much darker location made him realise the march of light pollution was heading our way, and our luck may eventually run out. Having two small children, Lee was particularly concerned that by the time they grew up they may not be able to see the night sky as we do, and the impact that may have in inspiring their wonder of the world and sparking their interest in science.

Through his local schools Lee quickly found other parents, teachers, astronomers, engineers (and scientists) had the same concerns, and together they formed a not for profit charity called the 'Space & Science Festival' which runs events each year to inspire the next generation in all things STEM. May 2018 will be the 5th anniversary of the festival. The festival was designed to run near when the clocks change, allowing kids to sneak in an extra hour of darkness for astronomy, and officially be allowed to 'stay up late' and do science. 

Lee’s presentation will be followed with a brief presentation about Rotary and the work we do both in our local community and globally.