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Episode 1: Light

Date Aired: 28th April, 2020

Covering the basic science of light as a wave, Dr Michelle Dickinson will carry out a hands-on experiment and talk about lasers with Associate Professor Jevon Longdell from the Dodd Walls Centre for Photonic and Quantum Technologies.

Episode 2: The Human Brain

Date Aired: 1st May, 2020

In this episode Dr Michelle Dickinson will cover the basic anatomy and function of the human brain, carry out a hands-on experiment and talk about blackouts and brain injuries with Dr Malvindar Singh-Bains from Brain Research New Zealand.

Episode 3: Plastics

Date Aired: 5th May, 2020

Dr Michelle Dickinson will cover the basic science of making plastics to have different properties as well as recycling plastics, carry out a hands-on experiment and talk about bioplastics with Dr Florian Graichen from Scion.

Episode 4: Materials

Date Aired: 7th May, 2020

In this episode Dr Michelle Dickinson will cover the different types and properties of materials, carry out a hands-on experiment and talk about nanomaterials with Associate Professor Nicola Gaston from The MacDiarmid Institute.

Episode 5: Energy and Electricty

Date Aired: 12th May, 2020

Talking about renewable energy, Dr Michelle Dickinson will cover the science of how to make electricity and carry out a hands-on experiment while talking about solar cells with Professor Justin Hodgkiss from The MacDiarmid Institute.

Episode 6: Sound

Date Aired: 15th May, 2020

Dr Michelle Dickinson will cover the basics of sound as a wave, carry out a hands-on experiment and talk about the sounds of the ocean with Dr Craig Radford from the University of Auckland.

Episode 7: Botany

Date Aired: 26th May, 2020

Talking to Dr Cate Macinnis-Ng from Te Punaha Matatini, Dr Michelle Dickinson will cover the basics of plant biology in vascular plants, carry out a hands-on experiment and talk about how plants cope with drought.

Episode 8: Genetics and DNA

Date Aired: 28th May, 2020

Covering the structure and function of DNA and its role in inheritance, Dr. Michelle Dickinson will carry out a hands-on experiment and talk about genetics and cancer research with Dr Melanie McConnell from the Victoria University of Wellington.

Episode 9: The Water Cycle

Date Aired: 2nd June, 2020

In this episode Dr Michelle Dickinson will cover the basics of the water cycle, carry out a hands-on experiment to make rain and talk about freshwater algae with Dr Susie Wood from the Cawthron Institute.

Episode 10: Mixtures and Solutions

Date Aired: 4th June, 2020

In this episode Dr Michelle Dickinson will cover the basics of the mixtures and solutions, carry out a hands-on experiment and talk about polymer mixtures with Professor Jadranka Travae-Sejdia from the University of Auckland.

Episode 11: Climate

Date Aired: 9th June, 2020

Dr Michelle Dickinson will cover in this episode the concepts around climate change, how we measure it and how it's different than just weather, carry out a hands-on experiment and talk about ice cores with Tim Naish from the Victoria University of Wellington.

Episode 12: Astronomy

Date Aired: 11th June, 2020

Talking with two experts: Dr Haki Tuaupiki from the University of Waikato, and Dr Ian Griffin from Otago Museum, Dr Michelle Dickinson will cover the concepts around our solar system and planets and carry out a hands-on experiment you can do at home.