ALD Online 2020 Women in STEM Advocates: 1. Dr Mahsa Mohaghegh

Dr Mahsa Mohaghegh

Location: New Zealand

Mahsa is a Senior Lecturer and Director of Women in Tech in the School of Computer, Engineering, and Mathematical Sciences at Auckland University of Technology. In 2020, she was awarded the Massey University Distinguished Alumni Award, also received the Champion Award of the YWCA Equal Pay in 2019, and won in the category Emerging Leader, Westpac Women of Influence Awards in 2013. She also founded She Sharp, a network aiming to increase diverse representation in tech through events, networking and workshops.

You can follow her work here:

Twitter: @Mahsabanoo
ResearchGate: Mahsa Mohaghegh

Further reading

ALD Online 2020 Women in STEM Organisations: 1. Nanogirl Labs

Nanogirl Labs

Location: New Zealand

Nanogirl Labs aims to inspire and engage kids with STEM through live experiences and school activities. Created by nanotechnologist and engineer Dr Michelle Dickinson, and co-founded with Joe Davis, Nanogirl Labs encompasses a video series, live theatre show and a book of science recipes The Kitchen Science Cookbook. Dr Michelle Dickinson also presents an educational science show called Breaking It Down.

You can follow their work here:

Twitter: @NanogirlLabs
Instagram: @nanogirllabs
YouTube: Nanogirl – STEM activities for kids

Further reading

Win a copy of Ada Lovelace Cracks the Code!

Ada Lovelace Cracks The Code book cover

Our lovely friends at Rebel Girls have just released their Chapter Book series, which includes the fictionalised biography Ada Lovelace Cracks the Code! The book is beautifully illustrated by Marina Munn, is suitable for children ages 6+, and would make a wonderful Christmas gift! And we have five copies to give away.

For the chance to win, simply email us at, using the subject line “Ada Lovelace Cracks the Code”, with your answer to the following question:

For which machine did Lovelace write her Bernoulli Program?

The deadline for the competition is midnight on Wednesday 18 December 2019, so get your answers in quickly!

More from Rebel Girls:

Growing up in nineteenth century London, England, Ada is curious about absolutely everything. She is obsessed with machines and with creatures that fly. She even designs her own flying laboratory!

According to her mother, Ada is a bit too wild, so she encourages Ada to study math. At first Ada thinks: Bleh! Who can get excited about a subject without pictures? But she soon falls in love with it. One day she encounters a mysterious machine, and from that moment forward Ada imagines a future full of possibility—one that will eventually inspire the digital age nearly two hundred years later.

Ada Lovelace Cracks the Code is the story of a pioneer in the computer sciences, and a testament to women’s invaluable contributions to STEM throughout history.

Includes additional text on Ada Lovelace’s lasting legacy, as well as educational activities designed to teach simple coding and mathematical concepts.

Women in STEM advent calendar: Day 22 – Mary the Prophetess

This winter, we are celebrating the festive season by honouring 25 amazing women in STEM, some of which you might not know of!

Mary the Prophetess

Between 1st and 3rd Centuries CE

Mary the Prophetess was an alchemist who invented the bain-Marie, (Mary’s bath), which is still in use in kitchens and labs today. She is considered the first historical Western alchemist. It is said that she perfected the art of distillation, and could prepare caput mortuum, a purple haematite iron oxide pigment. It’s thought that she founded an alchemy academy in Alexandria.

Mary is variously called Mary, Maria, or Miriam the Jewess, Prophetess or Hebrew, or Maria Prophetissima or Prophetissa.

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Day 21 – Zelia Nuttall


Women in STEM advent calendar: Day 21 – Zelia Nuttall

This winter, we are celebrating the festive season by honouring 25 amazing women in STEM, some of which you might not know of!

Zelia Nuttall

Archaeologist and anthropologist
6 Sep 1857 – 12 Apr 1933

Zelia Nuttall was a Mexican-American archaeologist who rescued, translated and published pre-Columbian Mesoamerican manuscripts. She also studied small terracotta heads from Teotihuacan, and discovered a site of human sacrifice on the Isla de Sacrificios. She challenged the idea that ancient Mexicans were “bloodthirsty savages”, and advocated for Mexicans to reclaim their indigenous heritage.

For more on Zelia Nuttall:


Day 20 – Ellen Hutchins