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Nigel Latta Blows Stuff Up

Nigel Latta Blows Stuff Up is a fun – and funny – series where TV personality Nigel Latta introduces some of the more dramatic aspects of fundamental science. The series offers a gateway to engage students in science.

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? 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 lightning, electricity and gravity. 

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Science Ideas and Concepts


Episode 1: Lightning


Episode 5: Fire

Episode 2: Explosions


Episode 6: Space

Episode 3: Weather


Episode 7: Sound

Episode 4: Car Collisions


Episode 8: Gravity

Person Profile


Nigel Latta


Latta confesses, in pre-show publicity, 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.

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Nigel Latta

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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 encourage and enable better engagement with science and technology across New Zealand society.
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