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    Ever wondered what it’s like to be struck by lightning or hurricane-speed winds? What it’s really like inside a burning house? Which car will come off better in a car crash? Can you really walk away from an explosion? Well, wonder no more! Nigel Latta – in the interests of science – subjects himself to a variety of extremes in the ‘edutainment’ television series Nigel Latta Blows Stuff Up.

    The series uses humour and extreme ‘don’t try this at home’ experiments to introduce science ideas and phenomena like sound, space and gravity.

    Latta confessed, in pre-show publicity, of a love for science and a fascination for many of the big questions it poses. He has two science degrees – a Bachelor of Science in Zoology and a Master of Science in Marine Science – and in this new series, he provides a fun and engaging gateway into the sciences.

    Don't aspire to be a popstar, aspire to be a physicist at the Large Hadron Collider uncovering the secrets of the universe.

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    Join the Science Learning Hub and Nigel Latta to watch the episodes and then link into further classroom activities, science research and news.

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    Engaging people in science

    Scientific knowledge and innovation play an important role in defining New Zealand’s future. We need people to engage with science, we need a more publicly engaged science sector and we need more young people choosing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)-related career pathways.

    A Nation of Curious Minds – He Whenua Hihiri i te Mahara, A National Strategic Plan for Science in Society is a national strategy to enable better engagement with science and technology across New Zealand society.

      Published 7 May 2015 Referencing Hub articles