Bilingual street science show for Majestic Square


26/11/2018 4:00:00 p.m.

26 November 2018

Get ready to be blown away – at 10.00am on Thursday, 13 December Majestic Square will resound with an explosive and exciting free science show, aimed at children aged 8-13 years (but suitable for whole families). This 45 minute street busker style show, presented by Nanogirl Labs, aims to ignite young New Zealanders’ enthusiasm for invention and innovation.

The bilingual show, titled Mātātoa, harnesses the power of storytelling to convey science concepts, exploring the legends of Tāwhirimatea, Rūaumoko, Tangaroa, and more. The narrative has been co-created with a team of experts to ensure it respects local tikanga.

Nanogirl Labs – co-founded by Joe Davis and nanotechnologist Dr Michelle Dickinson – produce shows that are in demand worldwide. Versions of their show have been presented in Mandarin, Cantonese, Arabic and English. Generally the ticket cost ranges from $15 - $40, but the Mātātoa street science show is free, thanks to the support of sponsors.

The team of science educators says they want to “remove some of the barriers” around science and technology. With this in mind, this year Dickinson also launched The Kitchen Science Cookbook, which has recipes that teach children about science. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event.

Ellen Young, who is contracted by Council to work on a range of Town Centre Regeneration projects says, “We are delighted to host Nanogirl Labs in Whanganui for the first time”.

No doubt the street science performance will go off with a bang, so come along and be inspired.

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