Fireballs and explosions thrill
A touring science show will bring big bangs, explosions, fireballs, and smoke rings to Palmerston North crowds.
Dr Michelle Dickinson, known as ‘Nanogirl’, is stopping by Palmerston North as part of her scientific tour around the country.
Dickinson has a doctorate in materials engineering, specialising in nanomechanical failure, the study how tiny things - 100,000x smaller than the width of a human hair - break.
Little Bang, Big Bang will take place at the Regent on Broadway on Thursday.
Dickinson said the show was about demonstrating science and engineering principles in a fun way to kids.
An array of explosions and fireballs will be on display, as well as the combustion of different gases.
‘‘One of the definite highlights is when we create huge air vortices - effectively giant smoke rings - over the audiences’ heads,’’ Dickinson said.
Dickinson is propelled across the stage by a jet-powered trolley, known as the Thrust Machine, which is powered by two fire extinguishers.
‘‘This is a really hands-on show - the whole audience takes part in one experiment, and we have seven children from the audience up on stage during the show to help us with science experiments.’’
Dickinson said as a child, she was curious about the world around her and would take things apart to see how they worked. She knew engineering and science would be a natural fit for her.
She said she was passionate about science and the tour was about ensuring New Zealanders had access to science education.
‘‘One of my goals is to challenge the stereotypes around engineering and science. I really believe that science is everywhere - and for everyone - and that’s what this project is all about. It’s also a huge amount of fun.’’
Nanogirl is touring throughout the country from Rotorua to Christchurch between December 2-17.
Michelle Dickinson, known as ‘Nanogirl’, is bringing her science, technology and engineering tour to Palmerston North.