Review: tour of Nanogirl Live!
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.