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 STEM— science, technology, engineering and maths.
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.
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.
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 parents—instead she builds them through her STEM Superpowers: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics skills.
Nanogirl and her friends use their skills to engineer their way into—and out of—trouble, inspiring and empowering young people around the world to tackle some of the world’s biggest questions.
Nanogirl in the News
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.
Bangs, fire and smoke rings hook kids on science
"How many of you would like to have superpowers?" asked Nanogirl in the Dannevirke South School Hall.
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.
Nanogirl wins international science education award
Kiwi science programme Nanogirl and the Imaginauts wins international award at the Science Film Festival in Thailand.
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.
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.
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.
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.
IPST Education Award Winner 2019
Goethe Institute Science Film Festival
Award Winner 2014
Prime Minister’s Award for Science Communication
Science and Innovation Award Winner 2016
Women of Influence
Science Communicators Award 2014
New Zealand Association of Scientists
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
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.
Dr. Michelle Dickinson
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.
GLOBAL PRODUCTION & PROGRAMMING MANAGER
Gareth manages our Nanogirl Live! theatre education programmes worldwide, and leads production management & health and safety across the company.
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.
PROJECT DELIVERY SPECIALIST
With extensive global experience across event management, stakeholder management and entrepreneurship. Kerry leads projects and relationships with our major partners.
SOLUTION DESIGN LEAD
Jude is an experienced materials engineer and an expert problem solver. She brings people on the adventure to discover the unexpected in science while leading the content and design team at Nanogirl Labs to deliver on technical projects.
With her experience as a science teacher in the UK and a primary school teacher in New Zealand as well as a background in the magazine media industry, Sam brings a unique skillset of education and publishing to the Nanogirl Labs team.
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.
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.
Te Rauhiringa 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.
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.
Cassie is completing her Bachelor’s degree majoring in biology and minoring in chemistry. She loves working with children and seeing them experience science in new and exciting ways which makes her an awesome Nanogirl presenter!
Isla is working towards her masters degree in Environmental Management at the University of Auckland. She is passionate about climate change, loves filmmaking and is an enthusiastic Nanogirl presenter.
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.
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.
A Marine Scientist, specialising in Fisheries Ecology. Georgia is currently doing her masters degree with the University of Auckland and NIWA. She is passionate about science communication with children and adults.
A medical student at the University of Otago in Wellington, Rosie is passionate and knowledgeable about medicine and health science, and bringing science to life for children as a Nanogirl science communicator.
Arisa is pursuing a conjoint BA/BSc majoring in Linguistics and Physics. She is a multitalented scientist, who is also an aviatrix (flying Cessna 172s) and a netball coach and umpire.
Caitlin is currently completing her Bachelor of Biomedical Science majoring in Genetics and minoring in Chemistry and Molecular Pathology. She has a passion for the outdoors and loves working with children to open up the world of science!