ABC and 123: Introducting SciGirl with a Giveaway

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Introducting SciGirl with a Giveaway

This giveaway is now closed. The winner chosen by Random.org is comment #2. Congrats danita !
She said, "this sounds great! we encourage our daughter to be interested in nature and all things scientific! it helps that hubs and i are also interested."

Does your tween girl realize that Madame Curie is as cool as Miley Cyrus? That she can be an athlete and a “mathlete?” That she and her friends can explore the world and the mall?
As parents and educators we should encourage EVERY girl to be a "Science Girl."

We wanted to introduce you to a valuable resource for 'tween girls. PBS Kids has launched a new series, SciGirls, showcasing bright, curious, real middle school-aged girls putting science and engineering to work. Throughout the series the girls are answering real-life questions and making unexpected discoveries in the world around them. The goal of SciGirls is bold: to change how millions of girls think about science, technology, engineering and math. That spells “S.T.E.M.,” which is becoing one of the hottest topics in U.S. education today

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, total employment in science and engineering occupations will increase at nearly double the overall growth rate for all jobs between 2004 and 2014. But sadly, women currently represent only one-quarter of the college-educated workforce in science and engineering positions — even though they comprise nearly half of the workforce with degrees. The combination of the empowering SciGirls episodes along with the web-based inquiry-focused activities provided will go a long way towards fostering and shaping girls’ positive attitudes toward the scientific field.

Each TV episode begins on the site’s homepage, where Izzie goes when she finds herself in jams that only science can fix. She surfs to the site, jumps into a video of real-life SciGirls, and follows their story, learning and exploring every step of the way. Izzie also invites viewers to hang out on the website, a totally safe social network where girls can create personal pages, design their own avatars, upload cool projects, and make friends.

The show is shot in reality TV, verité style, girls and their mentors dive deep to investigate dolphin behavior, engineer a giant mechanical puppet, unearth the archaeological secrets of extinct Native American cultures, create an eco-friendly turtle habitat, design fierce fashions with a high-tech twist and much more.

SciGirls, will air weekly on PBS stations and online nationwide. Check your local listings for more details.

GIVEAWAY
SciGirls is offering one of our readers a gift bag giveaway which will include: a SciGirls button, bracelet, magnet picture frame, pencil and at-home experiment!

To be entered to win please leave a comment on this post. Perhaps you could tell us something you do to encourage scientific exploration and interest in your children and students.

This giveaway is open until Thursday, March 30th at 12 PM EST.

Disclosure: Neither ABC & 123, or its' founders, are being compensated in anyway for sharing the information in today's post.

12 comments:

  1. I am so excited about this new show! I just attended an informational meeting at Texas A&M University with regards to women in Engineering and the need for more girls to enter S.T.E.M. This is great!
    bkmapfeiffer@hotmail.com

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  2. this sounds great! we encourage our daughter to be interested in nature and all things scientific! it helps that hubs and i are also interested!

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  3. I have a tween girl that this would be perfect for. My children love to explore nature and we have many mini science lessons when we are outside. I also try to encourage them to be problem solvers and to do research (with help if necessary) when they have a question about something scientific. Animals and plants are where much of their interest in science lies right now.

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  4. That is awesome! As a homeschool mom, I'm constantly looking for ways to get more school into my tween girl. I would watch this show with her, and then we can springboard off of whatever topic was covered. We love doing science experiments, and I'm constantly trying to get her to think about things and how they work. This is great. Thank you for the information.

    Hugs,
    Melinda

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  5. With 4 girls I love this!!! Can't wait to check it out! I know my 9 yr old will love it and I hope it helps my 13 yr old with math/science-she has a tough time with any math concepts and as a result has come to not like science too. I try to encourage my girls by taking their lead in what they are interested in-I'm lucky too-my brother-in-law and sister are science teachers and do lots of cool stuff with my girls.

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  6. This sounds like a great project! Although I don't have any daughters, I have an 11 year old sister I'd love to gift this to and encourage her to go with her scientific side!

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  7. Very cool giveaway!

    We try to single out science in our "school" time - I love kitchen-related experiments. And we do simple chemistry and physics ones as well. We've also started studying about specific animals and also the human body.

    Janemaritz at yahoo dot com

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  8. I cannot wait to share this with my daughter. She's almost 8 and loves science, especially astronomy.

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  9. What a great idea! I have two boys, but my 7 year old niece would LOVE this. She's so into animals and is a visual learner. Can't wait to tell my sister about this....

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  10. Great Giveaway!
    My daughter is a little scientist and I would love this because I am always trying to think of experiments for her!
    Great find!!
    momsbestbets at gmail . com

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  11. Great giveaway! I am so happy that my girls are into science. They often do mini experiments.

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  12. I'm so glad I saw this post! I told my daughter about scigirls and she's been exploring it all afternoon. She likes science and figuring things out, so it's perfect for her.

    We homeschool and at our co-op I just got done teaching an 8wk long hands on science class. I was so happy that I had lots of girls sign up. They all had a blast too!

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