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About Us

Dream Bigger, Achieve More

Nanogirl Labs - End of Year Wrap Up 2021
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"We're on a mission to ensure that everyone, everywhere has the chance to enjoy a meaningful relationship with STEM"

Nanogirl Labs was created by founders Joe Davis and Dr Michelle Dickinson MNZM.  A social enterprise, Nanogirl Labs exists to inspire, educate and empower through STEM.

Based in Auckland, New Zealand, our team works around the world to design, create and deliver products and experiences that are both commercially successful and deeply impactful.

Whether with our own brands - Nanogirl, and The Kitchen Science Cookbook - or through collaborations with partners, every piece of work we undertake includes a clear social impact strategy, alongside the core commercial proposition.  ​

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.

Our Team

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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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Tammy Rush

LEAD PRESENTER

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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Amina Daud

PRESENTER OPERATIONS COORDINATOR

“Amino” Amina brings years of experience from an operational perspective ensuring its smooth running while developing and enhancing relationships with Nanogirl presenters and its customers.

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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.

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Jessica Bishop

SCIENCE COMMUNICATOR

Jess, "Stingray J", is in her final year studying marine biology and ecology and biodiversity at Victoria. She is passionate about educating young people on the importance of caring for our Papatūānuku, and sparking their interest in all things science!

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Mallory Champion

SCIENCE COMMUNICATOR

Mallory has a Bachelor of Science majoring in Biomedical Science and is currently studying a postgraduate qualification. In her spare time she is involved in community theatre and she uses her love of both science and performance to enthusiastically educate kids about science!

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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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Anna Taylor

EDUCATION BUSINESS LEAD

Along with 20 years of teaching experience, Anna also specialises in Design and Digital Technology. She’s focused on delivering Nanogirl educational experiences and resources that will revolutionise the future of STEM education in New Zealand. Anna is passionate about building trusted relationships with organisations, kura and educators.

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Debbie Lovegrove

SCIENCE COMMUNICATOR

Debbie, a Palaeontologist, has years of experience working as an environmental geologist and in environmental education and awareness. "Debbiesaurus" brings explosive, live science and engineering to people all across New Zealand.

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Averill Moser-Rust

SCIENCE COMMUNICATOR

Averill, "Spider Girl", is pursuing her PhD in Animal Behaviour from the University of Canterbury, specialising in jumping spiders.

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Mikayla Miskelly

SCIENCE COMMUNICATOR

If you ask Mikayla why she because interested in science she would tell you “So I can make things blow up and change colours.” Mikayla is currently studying for her Master of Science (Chemistry) at the University of Auckland.

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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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Lizelle Alberts

COMPANY ACCOUNTANT

With a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and 20 years of hands-on experience in the field, Lizelle excels at making sense of the budgets, cash flows and counting the beans.

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Arisa Parr-Whalley

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.

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Caitlin Meynell

SCIENCE COMMUNICATOR

Caitlin has 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!

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Janey Gibbons

SCIENCE COMMUNICATOR

Janey "Aqua Girl" is currently studying Environmental Science, majoring in freshwater ecology at the University of Canterbury. She loves being outdoors, researching and learning about New Zealand's unique natural environment. Her ultimate goal is to ignite the same passion for science in young people!

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Hannah Boom

CHIEF DESIGNER

Hannah “Click Click Boom” has 15 years of experience as a graphic, web and UX designer in North America and Australasia. She has an MA in Web Design from the University of Greenwich and brings her expertise and creativity to shape Nanogirl’s visual identity.

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Georgia Paterson

PRESENTER OPERATIONS COORDINATOR

Georgia earned her BA in Business Admin and Management from the Eastern Institute of Technology. She hails from Hawke’s Bay and joins the team with a fresh perspectives and keen enthusiasm for the world of Marketing and PR.

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Rosie Carr-Smith

SCIENCE COMMUNICATOR

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.

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Caoimhe Lane

SCIENCE COMMUNICATOR

Caoimhe, "Quantum Keeva", is completing a conjoint BSc/BA in Physics and Music at the University of Auckland.

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Hazel Fairweather

SCIENCE COMMUNICATOR

Hazel, "Nature Girl" is in her final year studying Environmental Science and Psychology at the University of Canterbury. She is passionate about inspiring kids to fall in love with the natural world like she has, and encouraging them to build their science superpowers!

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