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Press Release

December 9th 2016

NANOGIRL’S TOUR OF NEW ZEALAND HAS ALREADY ENGAGED OVER 7,500 YOUNG PEOPLE IN SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND ENGINEERING THROUGH SCHOOL VISITS AND LIVE THEATRICAL PERFORMANCES.

Nanogirl’s tour of New Zealand has now visited 3 centres – Rotorua, Christchurch and Tauranga – bringing science, technology and engineering to life for young people.  So far the tour has engaged with over 7500 students, along with teachers and parents, through both the free school visits programme and live theatre performance “Little Bang, Big Bang”.

With the support of Spark, the University of Auckland Faculty of Engineering, the MacDiarmid Institute and Beca, the tour is visiting seven centres around New Zealand between December 2nd and December 17th(see tour schedule below).

The tour’s school visit schedule continues today in New Plymouth with visits to three local schools, before continuing next week in Napier (5 schools), Palmerston North (3 schools) and Wellington (1 school).

Nanogirl Labs believes that understanding of science and engineering – and inspiring people to explore STEM subjects in education – is critical to New Zealand’s long-term success.

“We’re passionate about ensuring that all New Zealanders have access to science education.   One of my goals is to challenge the stereotypes around engineering and science.  I really believe that science is everywhere – and for everyone – and that’s what this project is all about.  It’s also a huge amount of fun!”, says Dr Michelle Dickinson MNZM (aka Nanogirl).

Nanogirl spends time in each school visiting students and teachers through a partnership with The MacDiarmid Institute, demonstrating exciting experiments and providing teachers with lesson plans and curriculum material to support the delivery of science and engineering lessons in schools.  Thanks to the generous support of the project’s sponsors, this is provided at no cost to the schools.

“The visits to schools really challenge preconceptions around engineering and science, and capture students’ imagination.  When Nanogirl lets the students decide which teacher she makes fly – safely of course! – you really see a spark in their eyes.  From their questions it’s clear that they start to see engineering, science and technology as areas they can really engage with.” says Joe Davis, Tour Producer and Director, Nanogirl Labs.

Nanogirl’s live theatre show, “Little Bang, Big Bang”, presents engineering and science in ways New Zealand has never seen before.  Audiences can expect a performance packed full of explosions (LOTS of explosions!), liquid nitrogen, giant fireballs and daredevil stunts – there’s even a jet-powered supermarket trolley!  (See a video at nanogirllive.co.nz).

“Little Bang, Big Bang” is both the title and underlying idea behind the show.  Each scientific concept is first explored with a ‘little bang’ – an experiment carried out with the help of a volunteer from the audience.  From there, Nanogirl and her assistant Boris use engineering to build an experiment that explores the same science on a MUCH larger scale (the “BIG Bang”!).

“Little Bang, Big Bang” opened at Rotorua’s Civic Theatre on December 2nd, and is touring the country until December 17th.  Tickets to all performances are available online at nanogirllive.co.nz.

ENDS

 


Press Release

November 4th 2016

 NANOGIRL IS TOURING NEW ZEALAND THIS DECEMBER WITH HER EXPLOSIVE LIVE SCIENCE SHOW “LITTLE BANG, BIG BANG”

Nanogirl – Dr. Michelle Dickinson MNZM – is bringing science, technology and engineering to life for young people right across New Zealand this December with a national tour of her live, theatrical science show “Little Bang, Big Bang”.

With the support of Spark, the University of Auckland Faculty of Engineering, and the MacDiarmid Institute, the tour will visit seven centres around New Zealand between December 2nd and December 17th (see tour schedule below).

“Little Bang, Big Bang” presents engineering and science in ways New Zealand has never seen before. Audiences can expect a performance packed full of explosions (LOTS of explosions!), liquid nitrogen, giant fireballs and daredevil stunts – there’s even a jet-powered supermarket trolley! (See a video at nanogirllive.co.nz).

“Little Bang, Big Bang” is both the title and underlying idea behind the show. Each scientific concept is first explored with a ‘little bang’ – an experiment carried out with the help of a volunteer from the audience. From there, Nanogirl and her assistant Boris use engineering to build an experiment that explores the same science on a MUCH larger scale (the “BIG Bang”!).

Dr. Dickinson believes that understanding of science and engineering – and inspiring people to explore STEM subjects in education – is critical to New Zealand’s long-term success.

“I’m passionate about ensuring that all New Zealanders have access to science education.   One of my goals is to challenge the stereotypes around engineering and science. I really believe that science is everywhere – and for everyone – and that’s what this project is all about. It’s also a huge amount of fun!”, says Dickinson.

A group of sponsors has come together to make this project a reality. Clive Ormerod, General Manager Customer & Marketing at Spark (Platinum Partner) says “We see science and technology playing an important role in New Zealand’s future, and it’s our children who’ll be driving that. We want to them all to have the opportunity to do great things…This science show will be an awesome step toward that.”

Alongside the theatrical performance schedule, Nanogirl will be visiting schools in each centre to engage with students and teachers through a partnership with The MacDiarmid Institute, demonstrating exciting experiments and providing teachers with lesson plans and curriculum material to support the delivery of science and engineering lessons in schools. Thanks to the generous support of the project’s sponsors, this is provided at no cost to the schools.

Nanogirl says “I’m so excited to be bringing this show to towns and cities around New Zealand. The experiments are going to be huge (talk about a ‘BIG BANG!’!) – I just can’t wait to get on the road. One thing I’ve learned already – steering a jet-powered trolley is harder than it looks!”

“Little Bang, Big Bang” opens at Rotorua’s Civic Theatre on December 2nd. Tickets are available online at nanogirllive.co.nz.

Media Contact
Joe Davis, Producer
Director, Nanogirl Labs Ltd
joe@nanogirllabs.com
+64 21 379 470