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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 wins international science education award
Kiwi science programme Nanogirl and the Imaginauts wins international award at the Science Film Festival in Thailand.
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.
Business resilience during COVID-19
Our co-founder Joe Davis, tells the story of how COVID-19 transformed our business.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Shannon de Gees
FINANCE & OPERATIONS
As an experienced operations manager, Shannon coordinates finances and contracts and leads systems development and optimisation for the business.
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.
LIVE EVENT PRODUCTION
Jamie joins us through Pilot Productions, our key partner for production management services. Jamie and his team support our live events around the world, ensuring the highest standards of production delivery.
LIVE EVENT PRODUCTION
Khalid joins us through Pilot Productions, our key partner for production management services. Khalid and his team support our live events around the world, ensuring the highest standards of production delivery.
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.
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.
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 next year. She loves working with children and seeing them experience science in new and exciting ways which makes her an awesome Nanogirl presenter!
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.
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.
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.