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Mighty Small, Mighty Bright Exhibition Announced

Media release – 22/06/2022

Today’s Science, Tomorrow’s Technology


Lasers, rainbows, and magnetic nanoparticles… they’re just some of the extraordinary science at your fingertips in the Mighty Small Mighty Bright exhibition opening at Tūhura Otago Museum on Saturday 2 July.

The exhibition was created in partnership with New Zealand’s leading scientific research institutes, the MacDiarmid Institute and the Dodd-Walls Centre, alongside Otago Museum and MOTAT.

“The aim was to demystify the fascinating world of photonics, advanced materials, and nanotechnology”, said Marketing Coordinator, Charlie Buchan, “and it really does that, in a way that is fun and interactive for children and families”.

The exhibition has 12 interactive pods, and visitors can play with prisms, lenses, mirrors, filters, and magnets to get a hands-on understanding of the science of light and nanotechnology.

 “The Dodd-Walls Centre is committed to making science more accessible for all Kiwis”, explains Professor David Hutchinson, Director of the Dodd-Walls Centre. “Mighty Small Mighty Bright brings science to your community, your families, and makes it fun and hands-on. We hope all visitors will leave having learnt a little and having been inspired a lot. Science is for everyone. Enjoy it!”, he continued.

The displays include recent technology developed in New Zealand, such as the House of the Future, where visitors can integrate new technology into a dream home.

“The exhibition shows how science translates from the lab to the marketplace,” said MacDiarmid Institute Co-Director, Professor Nicola Gaston. “We’re always keen to find new ways to inspire young people to keep on with science and be part of the hi-tech economy.”

Mighty Small Mighty Bright will be shown alongside Code Breakers: Women in Games, until 30 October. 



Charlie Buchan, Marketing Coordinator

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