'Nanogirl' online subscription service launches for Kiwi kids stuck at home

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A Kiwi company is offering to help you entertain and educate those bored kids stuck at home with the launch of its new online learning platform. 

Dr Michelle Emma Dickinson MNZM, also known as Nanogirl, is a nanotechnologist and science educator based in New Zealand known for her live stage shows and performances at schools around the country. 

On Tuesday she announced the launch of Nanogirl's Lab - an online subscription science learning programme designed specifically for families stuck at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The site promises "a science adventure" for families to explore every weekday throughout the crisis.

Dr Dickinson says she'll be teaching children how to develop real-life superpowers through STEM learning (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), as well as a healthy dose of arts and crafts. 

"Learning STEM skills is critical and this time away from school can have a major long-term impact - for the children and for society as a whole," says Dr Dickinson.

"We've created a solution that's great fun - perfect for families self-isolating in their homes - and that makes sure that when children return to school they're well progressed in their STEM studies." 

Daily from Tuesday for at least 10 weeks, the Nanogirl team will release an instructional video, an accompanying downloadable worksheet, and a special 'Parent Pack' giving guidance to parents and caregivers.

They also have a 'buy one, give one' model in place, with every subscription sold meaning one is donated to a family who would not otherwise have the opportunity to take part.

Dr Dickinson has been offering advice to Kiwis throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, speaking to Newshub on Saturday about "our new normal".