Re­view: tour of Nanogirl Live!

The Invercargill Eye - - PRECIOUS PETS - RE­BECCA MOORE

There are only three words I can use to de­scribe the Nanogirl Live In En­gi­neer­ing Magic show: ed­u­ca­tional, en­ter­tain­ing and ex­plo­sions!

And the show cer­tainly did not over-prom­ise on the ex­plo­sions.

Michelle Dick­in­son, also known as Nanogirl, is a nan­otech­nol­o­gist and sci­ence ed­u­ca­tor. She is tour­ing the coun­try with her new show, which reached In­ver­cargill’s Civic The­atre on Mon­day.

She stunned crowds at two shows with ex­per­i­ments on ba­sic sci­ence, but in a way that was en­gag­ing, fun and very funny.

‘‘It wouldn’t be Nanogirl with­out ex­plo­sions,’’ it was an­nounced at the start of the show.

From start to fin­ish, the au­di­ence was wowed with ex­plo­sions, gi­ant sparks, fire­balls, a ni­tro­gen gas cloud and even a bed of nails.

Vol­un­teers from the au­di­ence helped by swing­ing a glass of wa­ter with­out it spilling, turn­ing a vac­uum cleaner into a marsh­mal­low shoot­ing gun and blow­ing up bal­loons with fire sticks to make ex­plo­sions.

The show came to­gether to tell a story about de­bunk­ing magic tricks by ex­plain­ing ‘‘magic’’ with sci­ence.

Nanogirl’s side-kick and wannabe ma­gi­cian Bax­ter hi­lar­i­ously filled the slots be­tween ex­per­i­ments, en­gag­ing the au­di­ence and even draw­ing some chil­dren from the crowd on stage for com­i­cal skits.

His lik­able clue­less-ness had not only the chil­dren in fits but the adults laughing too.

The show was both ed­u­ca­tional and funny, the per­fect mix to get peo­ple of all ages in­ter­ested in sci­ence.

Nanogirl ex­plained the sci­ence be­hind each ex­per­i­ment in a way that was fun and easy to un­der­stand.

I may have looked a lit­tle out of place with­out a child by my side but re­gard­less, I en­joyed ev­ery sec­ond of the show.

It was short and sharp at a lit­tle over one hour long, but it was filled with ex­cite­ment, en­ergy and cool ways to show off physics and chem­istry.

I was never the best stu­dent at sci­ence, so with a show like Nanogirl I think more stu­dents would be keen to learn about the sub­ject.

For any young ones with an in­ter­est in the field, par­ents keen for their chil­dren to learn about sci­ence or any­one that needs a good laugh, I highly rec­om­mend this show.


Michelle Dick­in­son, also known as Nanogirl, at the Nanogirl Live In En­gi­neer­ing Magic show in In­ver­cargill.

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