Past Meetup

science: now we’re cooking…..with science!

This Meetup is past

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what we are doing

We will show how much fun, mad and totally bonkers science can be!
You’ll be surprised what you can make, play with, eat and drink with only simple kitchen ingredients.
We will be showing you some cool demonstrations of different chemical reactions and have some hands on fun! You will try out making and eating tasty chemical reactions, making your own weird non Newtonian fluid to play with and drinking some beautifully coloured drinks. You’ll never look at the insides of your kitchen cupboards the same way again!

what you will learn

How these simple chemical reactions happen, what are redox and precipitation reactions, acids and alkalines and what on earth a non Newtonian fluid actually is!

And how to make a tasty treat…. Yum!

You will go home with a recipe and basic information for these reactions, food and drink ideas for you to impress and wow family, friends and children!

type of class introduction

skill required 1 - beginners, 2

your chalkler will be

Becky Bateman is almost a science geek, with a bit more practise! She works at Carter Observatory as an educator and planetarium presenter. She loves all kind of science especially where it involves food!

Brenton Hodgson left the corporate world in 2006 to return to university full time to study marine biology. He gained a BSc and stuck around to complete an MSc and often tell friends and complete strangers at dinner parties with stories of how the kahawai (Arripis trutta) is genetically closely related to only four other fish on the planet. He has a passion for learning new things and loves sharing his knowledge with others. He also performs improv with the Wellington Improvisation Troupe. He considers himself a gentleman scientist of the old school.

Ali Little spent 20-mumble years as a corporate weasel before running off to study Art, completing an advanced Diploma in Art and Creativity in 2012. Fascinated by the links between art and science, she is keen to investigate chemical reactions, especially if they result in pretty colours or interesting bangs.

what to bring

An open mind!
We will be eating, drinking and playing with science, so it is a very hands on class. Please be prepared for this! We will be cooking using very high temperatures.

A box or bags to take away some of the experiments!

cost: 12 (incl. GST)

how to book and pay
We expect pre payment for all classes

RSVP and pay using this paypal link ( or

deposit $12 into Chalkle's Kiwibank account:
Details to include: 107496952 - Your name

how to get there

Cross the carpark at Lawson Place. At the end you will find 3 paths. On the right a private path. On the left the Southern Walkway. Take the small path downhill in the middle. 200 meters after you will find a small white house with gardens around


We require a minimum of 8 people for this class to go ahead

our cancelation policy

If you RSVP for a class and fail to show up, you will get a "no show". Three no shows means you will be removed from chalkle. You may request to rejoin after six months.

If you cancel your RSVP:

- less than 3 days before = no refund
- after 7pm night before = no refund and a no show will be recorded.

about chalkle°
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