How to be a real superhero
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.