02.12.2016

Making science happen with Nanogirl's 'Big Bang Little Bang' Live Tour

Explosive experiments, giant fireballs, liquid nitrogen, and a jet-powered supermarket trolley will be coming to stages around New Zealand this month!

Nanogirl – Dr. Michelle Dickinson is bringing science, technology and engineering to life for young people across the country, with a 3-week national tour of her live, theatrical science show “Little Bang, Big Bang”. The show kicks off today in Rotorua, and will tour around New Zealand until December 17.

As Gold Sponsor of the tour, we’re proud to support Dr. Dickinson’s inspirational efforts to make STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) education more accessible, fun and easy to understand.

“This changing world presents endless opportunities for young engineers and scientists” says Jon Williams, Beca Business Director, Practice Development. “Science, technology and engineering are literally transforming our world and the way we work and we want to help get the next generation enthused about it. We’re committed to encouraging and supporting young people to develop a passion for these subjects.”

Every year, Beca supports students through an annual tertiary scholarships programme, and also offers a School Days programme – where students from local high schools are exposed to a variety of career possibilities and get a taste for what it’s like to work as a professional consultant.

“This sponsorship is a natural extension of our commitment to growing New Zealand talent and helping young New Zealanders see the excitement of a career in engineering and technology” says Jon.

As part of the tour, Nanogirl will also be visiting local schools in each centre to engage with students and teachers, demonstrate exciting experiments, and in partnership with The MacDiarmid Institute – provide teachers with lesson plans and curriculum material to support the delivery of science and engineering lessons in schools.

Dr. Dickinson believes that understanding science and engineering – and inspiring people to explore STEM subjects in education – is critical to New Zealand’s long-term success. “I’m passionate about ensuring that all New Zealanders have 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!”

To find out more about the tour visit www.nanogirllive.co.nz.