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September 5th 2017



Last year’s Nanogirl Live! Tour of New Zealand brought science, technology and engineering to more than 20,000 young New Zealanders and their families.  This year’s tour will visit almost twice the number of centres, travelling right across New Zealand through November and December.  With all new experiments and explosions, this really is science and engineering as you’ve never seen it before.

This year’s show – “Engineering Magic” – will amaze and delight audiences, exploring the remarkable things that can happen when engineering and science come together with imagination. Huge flames, incredible stunts, a real-life bed of nails – and of course, lots of explosions!

“We’re recently back from an international tour – it’s great to be home, and we’re incredibly excited to be bringing Nanogirl Live! to audiences across New Zealand once again this year.  This is a brilliant new show – explosive, entertaining and educational all at the same time – we can’t wait to share it!”, says Dr. Michelle Dickinson, Nanogirl Labs’ Co-Founder and creator of Nanogirl.  Michelle will be playing the role of Nanogirl on stage throughout this tour.

The Nanogirl team believes that science is for everyone, and with the help of the project’s sponsors – Spark New Zealand, The MacDiarmid Institute, and the University of Auckland Faculty of Engineering – every ticket for this tour has been priced affordably, with ticket prices ranging from $15 to $40 (The promotional code ‘SCIENCE4ALL’ must be used when purchasing to access the $15 accessibly priced tickets).

Nanogirl Labs recognises that, for some, live theatre experiences – however reasonably priced – just do not fit within the family budget.  Again driven by the belief that science is for everyone, this tour sees the launch of Nanogirl Labs’ “Pay-It-Forward” programme.  As well as buying tickets for themselves, audience members can purchase ‘Pay-It-Forward’ tickets, in effect buying a ticket for someone who would otherwise not have the chance to attend.  Nanogirl Labs will work with organisations in each centre on the tour to distribute these tickets.

Research completed with the University of Auckland has shown that the Nanogirl live theatre show can have a life-changing impact on young people, exciting and inspiring them in the critical fields of science and engineering.  The gift of a Pay-It-Forward ticket could make a huge difference in someone’s life.

Co-Founder & Managing Director of Nanogirl Labs, Joe Davis, says “We’re constantly working to innovate – to find new approaches to inspire, educate and empower as many people as possible in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  This year we’ll visit many more centres than we could reach in 2016 – we’re also incredibly excited to be launching ‘Pay-It-Forward’, an approach that we hope will create opportunity for those who may not otherwise have been able to attend to experience this great educational event.”

Alongside the theatrical performance schedule, the Nanogirl team 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 lessons in schools. Thanks to the generous support of the project’s sponsors, this is provided at no cost to the schools.

“Engineering Magic” opens on November 6th 2017 at Invercargill’s Civic Theatre, and tours New Zealand until December 12th. Tickets and a full tour schedule are available online at


Media Contact
Joe Davis, Producer
Co-Founder & Managing Director, Nanogirl Labs Ltd
+64 21 379 470