Welcome to SciGirls, the ultimate destination for girls who love science! SciGirls is an upcoming PBS TV show, a website, and a resource provider for educators, club leaders and mentors who are working with girls doing science.

Are you a girl, age 11-14, who thinks science is fun and interesting? Or do you know a girl who fits this description? Then we want to hear from you! SciGirls is starting production on a brand new TV show and website and we're looking for girls to feature. Tell us who should be a SciGirls star!

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Friday, February 27, 2009

SciGirls Partners | WFSU Tallahassee, FL

Kudos to the SciGirls of Tallahassee! On Saturday, March 7, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting will present WFSU-TV with the My Source Community Impact Award for the station’s participation in “WFSU SciGirls,” a summer camp based on our very own SciGirls outreach program. (Read our post on the camp.) The awards ceremony will take place as part of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting/PBS-hosted Council of Chief State School Officers Legislative Conference.

SciGirls supporter Kim Kelling-Engstrom, director of educational outreach at WFSU-TV says, “We are honored to be recognized by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting for one of our most popular community efforts.” And SciGirls is honored to have WFSU as an ongoing and outstanding partner!

Friday, February 20, 2009

SciGirls Supporters | BrainCake

The field of Gender Equity in STEM is full of helpful professionals who work hard to support each other's work. SciGirls wants to take a minute to introduce you to one of these groups: the smart, sweet people at BrainCake.

BrainCake is an inspired program of the Girls, Math & Science Partnership at Pittsburgh's Carnegie Science Center. The Partnership's mission is to engage, educate, and embrace girls as architects of change. Working with girls ages 11-17 and their parents, teachers, and mentors, they draw organizations, stakeholders, and communities together in an effort to ensure that girls succeed in math and science.

BrainCake helps girls be confident, solve problems, and think independently. It also engages girls in current science, helping them understand its relevance to their life today. They create and link girls to programs that educate and prepare them to understand and use science in their everyday lives. And, they embrace girls as architects of change - envisioning, planning, organizing, shaping, and building a better world - with math and science as their tools.

And BrainCake's fabulously cute website reaches girls from around the globe who are interested in changing the world with math and science! Join them at BrainCake.org, the online sisterhood for girls ages 11–17 who want to change the world with math and science!

Monday, February 16, 2009

SciGirls Mentors | Women's Initiative at MIT

What do designing pharmaceutical drugs and prosthetic limbs, Internet programs and gaming software, and eco-friendly buildings and clean water systems have in common? They are all jobs for engineers.

This is the message engineering students from the Women’s Initiative, an MIT student program dedicated to encouraging more women to pursue careers in engineering, deliver to girls nationwide. During the month of January, enthusiastic women from the School of Engineering at MIT travel widely, speaking with high school girls about the excitement of careers in engineering.

“We want women to know that engineering is an option for them,” says Janice Mathew, an MIT junior who is majoring in chemical engineering.

Fellow student An Vu, who studies nuclear engineering, notes that visiting engineers in her own high school helped her decide on engineering. Today, as a senior at MIT, she's glad she made the leap and likes the idea of encouraging other young women to do the same. “It’s such a fun career path with many options. We do a lot of group work and use our science, math and analytical skills to solve problems. Engineering is a chance to make a difference in the world and to help other people, and that’s the message we want to get out to these young ladies.”

Want to know more? Click here to read an article about Women’s Initiative mentors recent visit to Canyon Lake High in the hill country of Texas. Know another great mentoring program like the MIT Women’s Initiative? Tell SciGirls all about it!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Behind the Scenes | NGCP Webcast

On Tuesday, February 11, 2009, SciGirls staffers Kathy Shugrue (Development Producer), Lisa Regalla (Science Editor) and Joan Freese (Web Producer) will participate in a webcast with our friends at the National Girls Collaborative Project, based in Seattle. The title of the session is: Best Practices in Creating Successful Collaborations: Lessons Learned from the National Girls Collaborative Project.

Log in from from 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific to hear Karen Peterson, Principal Investigator of the NGCP speak about collaborations. Karen is also the co-PI on the SciGirls television project. She'll be introducing us as a "collaboration in progress."

The NGCP works to strengthen capacity of existing girl-serving STEM projects by sharing promising practices, research findings and program models. Their free monthly webcasts feature practitioners and researchers from across the country who gather to share effective strategies for working with girls in STEM.

Don't miss it! To register, visit: http://www.ngcproject.org/events/webcasts.cfm

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

SciGirls Partners | Florida State University

SciGirls TV is an expansion and transformation of our national outreach program, also called SciGirls. Through grants, SciGirls outreach helps informal educators deliver hands-on science encouragement and career guidance to girls in their communities. Here is one of our partner's stories.

Since 2006, Florida State University’s Magnet Lab and public broadcasting station (WFSU) have been offering a two-week, hands-on SciGirls summer camp in Tallahassee, FL. The camp is split into two age groups. SciGirls I is for rising 6th and 7th graders. SciGirls II is for returning SciGirls campers and rising 8th, 9th and 10th graders.

These SciGirls just wanna have fun! Last year, SciGirls I campers conducted an invasive species survey at Wakulla Springs, explored the Marianna Caverns, and spent a day at the Magnet Lab learning about water under the Earth's mantle as well as water from outer space. They also snorkeled in the Gulf of Mexico to explore sea life. In the 2008 SciGirls II camp, girls enjoyed in-depth science experiences such as digging up bones for a forensic anthropology exercise; making models of comets from dry ice and other ingredients; and using computer programs to track invasive species.

Check out some Tallahassee SciGirls’ blog.

Applications for the 2009 camp are due April 3. Learn how to apply.