How Nanogirl is Helping Families Understand COVID-19

While the world media is abuzz with medical terms and confusing scientific words, Nanogirl is a shining light when it comes to engaging with children and parents about the science behind COVID-19 in a way that we can all understand.

Dr Michelle Dickinson (MNZM), aka Nanogirl, has a passion for sharing her love of science and engineering with both children and parents in order to make learning fun and accessible for all.

Helping parents and children understand COVID-19

Parents are seeking out ways to talk to their children about COVID-19 and Nanogirl’s informative YouTube videos and media appearances have gone a long way in helping us better understand how the virus affects us and what we can do about it.

As a nanotechnologist and science communicator I’ve been using my skills to help communicate the world of the tiny like viruses and soap molecules in a way that’s jargon free and includes simple experiments you can do at home.

In the popular video below, Nanogirl helps to explain what coronavirus is, how it’s transmitted, and how to help stop it spreading.

Meet the nanotechnologist

The woman behind Nanogirl is award-winning scientist and international keynote speaker, Dr Michelle Dickinson. As an innovative way to engage public interaction with science and to promote diverse role models in the field, Michelle created her alter-ego, Nanogirl – a “science-savvy female who uses her engineering skills to solve her way out of challenges in life.”

As well as holding a PhD in Biomedical and Materials Engineering, Michelle has written books, created podcasts, hosted her own TV shows and taken her Nanogirl show on the road in live shows, to promote her goal for everyone to have a positive relationship with science and technology.

Michelle has been recognised for her achievements with numerous awards including the Member of New Zealand Order of Merit, the Women of Influence award for science and innovation in 2016, and the Prime Minister’s Science Media Communication Prize in 2014.

When she’s not creating a technojargon-busting YouTube video, or sharing her love of science, Michelle enjoys the challenges of kitesurfing, martial arts and mountain biking.

To find out more about Nanogirl/Dr Michelle Dickinson check out her website here, or engage with her on social media:


Join our Facebook Q&A with Nanogirl

Tune in to the Kidspot NZ Facebook page on Tuesday 7th April at 2.30pm where Nanogirl will be answering some of our reader’s questions about how COVID-19 impacts kids and families.

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her world julieWritten by Julie Scanlon

Julie is Editor for Kidspot NZ and our MVP. Her hobbies include laughing uncontrollably at her own jokes, annoying her family by asking questions about movie plots, and never taking anything too seriously. She speaks a little Spanish and a lot of Yorkshire. 

Favourite motto to live by: “It ain’t nothing but a thing”

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