Inspire, Educate and Empower Through STEM

We’re on a mission to ensure that everyone, everywhere has the opportunity to enjoy a meaningful relationship with STEMscience, technology, engineering and math.

By opening eyes and minds through impactful STEM learning experiences in homes, schools and communities, we’ll inspire and empower tomorrow’s thinkers, creators and innovators.

Nanogirl Live theatre and school performances

INSPIRE, EDUCATE, EMPOWER

What We Do

We deliver engaging STEM experiences for children, creating opportunities to learn and explore STEM concepts in a way that inspires a lifelong curiosity.


We combine compelling narrative storylines with accessible hands-on experiences to create learning environments that match how children learn best.

With a team of qualified scientists who are expert science communicators, we deliver explosive live science theatre shows, science assembly shows in schools, teacher PLD training, science birthday parties and more.

Buy One, Give One
In everything we do, we make sure that everyone is able to access and enjoy a Nanogirl experience, no matter their circumstance. Through our Buy One Give One initiative, we are able to reach families who otherwise wouldn’t be able to access our STEM education programmes, enabling them to participate and not get left behind.

STEM SUPERHERO

Meet Nanogirl™

Originally created by nanotechnologist and engineer Dr Michelle Dickinson, Nanogirl is a superhero with a difference.


Her powers don’t come from magic or alien parentsinstead she builds them through her STEM Superpowers: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics skills.

Nanogirl and her friends use their skills to engineer their way intoand out oftrouble, inspiring and empowering young people around the world to tackle some of the world’s biggest questions.

Dr Michelle Dickinson as Nanogirl

Nanogirl in the News


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Fiery birthday party making science fun

Tauranga mum Stacey Kemeys (My Kids Lick The Bowl) wows her eight-year-old son with a Nanogirl Indoor Fireworks Birthday Party.

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Nanogirl's mission to make STEM more accessible this summer

Dr Michelle Dickinson is a pro at getting children excited about science on a shoestring budget.

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Covid-19: Nanogirl explains what should we tell our kids about coronavirus

The original 'Nanogirl', Dr Michelle Dickinson, held regular “press conferences” with children in the early days of the Covid-19 outbreak to explain what the virus was.

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Demand for children's science communicators

2020 threw a spotlight on the importance of science communication. KATE GREEN spoke to women at the heart of discovery, innovation, and education.

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Nanogirl makes science a super power

Nanogirl science communicator Dr Kate Sparks captivated a crowd of over 300 Year 8 students with the science of superpowers in Whanganui.

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Home schooling Kiwi mum-of-five daughters on STEM crusade with Nanogirl

Whanganui mum Erana Pound (@thecultureofgrace) uses Nanogirl's Lab to engage daughters in educational play.

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Nanogirl wins international science education award

Kiwi science programme Nanogirl and the Imaginauts wins international award at the Science Film Festival in Thailand.

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Nanogirl shows off impressive experiments as part of bid to get kids involved in science

Students at Tainui Primary School in Tokoroa wowed by an exciting science performance by Nanogirl.

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Business resilience during COVID-19

Our co-founder Joe Davis, tells the story of how COVID-19 transformed our business.

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How Nanogirl built an online learning platform in three days.

Dr Michelle Dickinson reveals the story behind the creation of Nanogirl's Lab.

Award-winning Organisation


Science Film Festival

IPST Education Award Winner 2019

Goethe Institute Science Film Festival

Prime Ministers Science Award

Award Winner 2014

Prime Minister’s Award for Science Communication

Women of Influence Award

Science and Innovation Award Winner 2016

Women of Influence

The New Zealand Association of Scientists

Science Communicators Award 2014

New Zealand Association of Scientists

Nanogirl Live Touch Tour

About Nanogirl Labs

A social enterprise, Nanogirl Labs exists to inspire, educate and empower through STEM.


Nanogirl Labs was created by founders Joe Davis and Dr Michelle Dickinson MNZM. Based in Auckland, New Zealand, our team works around the world to design, create and deliver products and experiences that are both highly engaging and deeply impactful.

We welcome bold ideas and deep thought. If you have a project or concept you would like to discuss, we would love to hear from you.

MAKING IT HAPPEN

Our Team


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Joe Davis

FOUNDER, CEO

Joe leads the Nanogirl Labs team worldwide, and many of our key consulting projects. Joe has extensive experience across both commerical and non-profit leadership, innovation, strategy and transformation.

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Dr. Michelle Dickinson

FOUNDER, CTO

The original “Nanogirl”, Michelle is a world-renowned educator and communicator. An engineer by training with two decades experience across academia and industry, Michelle leads the technical content, insights and strategy.

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Gareth Baston

GLOBAL PRODUCTION & PROGRAMMING MANAGER

Gareth manages our Nanogirl Live! theatre education programmes worldwide, and leads production management & health and safety across the company.

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Dr. Kate Sparks

OPERATIONS & STEM ENGAGEMENT

A marine biologist, passionate educator, and experienced science communicator, Kate develops much of the STEM content across our products and programmes.

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Kerry Quin

PROJECT DELIVERY SPECIALIST

With extensive global experience across event management, stakeholder management and entrepreneurship. Kerry leads projects and relationships with our major partners.

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Melanie Wright

MARKETING & ENGAGEMENT MANAGER

Mel leads marketing and engagement across Nanogirl Labs’ businesses worldwide. With degrees in both psychology and marketing Mel is an expert in creating meaningful and impactful interactions.

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Matt Billington

DIGITAL OPERATIONS

Matt’s experience in digital strategy and operations for both education start-ups and social impact organisations make him the perfect fit for Nanogirl Lab’s digital communication team.

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Hayden Weal

SENIOR CONTENT EDITOR

Hayden is a talented filmmaker. In addition to leading Nanogirl Labs' editing team Hayden also visits primary school children, talking about the importance of reading and literacy to achieve their dreams.

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Shannon de Geest

FINANCE & OPERATIONS

As an experienced operations manager, Shannon coordinates finances and contracts and leads systems development and optimisation for the business.

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Hannah Boom

GRAPHIC & WEB DESIGN

With extensive graphic and web design experience in North America as well as Australasia, Hannah brings her creativity and expertise to shape Nanogirl’s creative identity.

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Tammy Rush

CONTENT SPECIALIST

Tammy has almost a decade of experience bringing science to kids as “Tornado Tammy.” Her expertise creating engaging, science-filled birthday parties and special events makes Tammy a key member of the Nanogirl birthday parties team.

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Krystal-Lee Brown

CONTENT CREATOR & PRESENTER

With extensive writing, acting and performing skills and fluency in Te Reo Māori, Krystal-Lee heads up our cultural advisory and content team for our bilingual engagements including our live bilingual science touring show Mātātoa.

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Amelia Lockley

DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANT

From a young age Amelia has been a champion for STEM education, creating her own code club and youtube coding videos. She assists with content creation, testing and delivery.

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Sophie Fern

SCIENCE CONTENT CREATOR

Sophie is a biologist and storyteller whose research is in understanding the gap between what we tell the public about endangered species and what they understand.

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Cassie Close

SCIENCE COMMUNICATOR

Cassie is completing her Bachelor’s degree majoring in biology and minoring in chemistry next year. She loves working with children and seeing them experience science in new and exciting ways which makes her an awesome Nanogirl presenter!

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Jude Norcross

SCIENCE COMMUNICATOR

Jude is an experienced materials engineer and an expert problem solver. She brings people on the adventure to discover the unexpected so it’s no surprise that she loves helping people to discover the wonders of science.

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Isla Christensen

SCIENCE COMMUNICATOR

Isla is nearing the completion of her conjoint Bachelor of Science majoring in biological and environmental science, and Bachelor of Arts specialising in communications. She is passionate about climate change, loves filmmaking and is an enthusiastic Nanogirl presenter.

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Stella Huggins

SCIENCE COMMUNICATOR

Stella is one of our amazing Nanogirl presenters, and is currently studying a conjoint BSc / BA majoring in biology, psychology and politics. As a member of the Science Scholars programme, she’s passionate about science communication.

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Sarah Jamieson

SCIENCE COMMUNICATOR

Sarah has a BSc Hons in Chemistry, and is passionate about equal opportunities in STEM. Sarah wants to see more female representation in science and looks for ways to make science a creative outlet that's fun and accessible for all.