How to be a real su­per­hero

Central Leader - - MILESTONES - MARY FITZGER­ALD

Science su­per­hero Nanogirl has re­vealed her su­per power qual­i­ties to a group of ju­nior school stu­dents.

Dr Michelle Dickinson, aka Nanogirl, had her au­di­ence spell­bound at the St Cuth­bert’s Col­lege Par­ents and Friends As­so­ci­a­tion’s mother and daugh­ter break­fast on Septem­ber 16. Her mes­sage? That ev­ery­one can be­come a su­per­hero in real life, that ev­ery­one has a su­per­power, and that science mat­ters.

Dickinson, a re­searcher and teacher with a par­tic­u­lar pas­sion for science and en­gi­neer­ing, orig­i­nally cre­ated al­ter-ego Nanogirl, to over­come a fear of pub­lic speak­ing and the al­ter-ego has re­mained to ad­vo­cate the won­der of science.

Nanogirl re­galed her own evolution from the 8-year-old girl who yearned to be a su­per­hero, to be­com­ing a ma­te­ri­als en­gi­neer with a PhD and her own nanome­chan­i­cal test­ing lab­ora- tory. ‘‘I want young peo­ple to gain con­fi­dence in science so they know what in­for­ma­tion to trust when they look up sci­en­tific con­tent rel­e­vant to their lives’’. ‘‘Hav­ing courage to face fear, and work­ing hard are also qual­i­ties that a su­per­hero must de­velop,’’ she said. Per­haps the most im­por­tant qual­ity re­quired of a su­per­hero is to never give up, be­cause suc­cess fol­lows fail­ure. ‘‘My ad­vice is to ac­cept that fail­ure is go­ing to be a big part of be­ing suc­cess­ful.’’

Nanogirl says the most im­por­tant qual­ity of a su­per­hero is to never give up be­cause suc­cess fol­lows fail­ure.

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