Nano Girl cap­tures kids with sci­ence

Horowhenua Chronicle - - NEWS - By JA­NINE BAALBERGEN

Nano Girl de­lighted 340 pri­mary school se­niors as well as ju­nior stu­dents from Manawatu¯ Col­lege on Mon­day with her show about su­per­pow­ers.

All stu­dents had a very early and rainy start to their day on Mon­day as they headed to Fox­ton.

The col­lege’s sci­ence teacher, Kara Lum­mis, had man­aged to book the Nano Girls and their hour-long show ex­clu­sively for Fox­ton.

Started by Dr Michelle Dick­in­son, the shows aim to make sci­ence and en­gi­neer­ing fun for kids.

There were plenty of op­por­tu­ni­ties for the kids to join in and help make the ex­per­i­ments hap­pen.

At Fox­ton they talked about su­per pow­ers, and they made one of the teach­ers fly around on stage on a hov­er­pad, us­ing what looked like a gi­ant hairdryer. Nano Girl her­self had the best trick up her sleeve. It al­lowed her to hold fire in her hand with the help of dish liq­uid and cold wa­ter.

Stu­dents helped make Nano Girl smoke, crush a alu­minium can us­ing heat and wa­ter al­ter­nately, and demon­strated cen­trifu­gal forces.

The Nano Girl show trav­els around the coun­try and is avail­able for schools.

“I saw her show some time ago and was blown away by it,” said Kara Lum­mis. “When I heard she was go­ing to be in Manawatu¯ I ap­plied for the team to come to Fox­ton and we made sure as many as pos­si­ble kids from schools in the Kerekere Ward ben­e­fited from this.”

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Nano Girl’s per­sonal su­per­power: hold­ing fire in your hand.

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Mak­ing smoke sig­nals.

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A cup with a hole in the bot­tom, some string and a wet pa­per towel were used to make a chicken noise.

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