SciGirls and Citizen Science:
Real Data, Real Kids, Real Fun
SciGirls eagerly-anticipated third season is all about citizen science and features six new episodes starring real girls who are seriously into science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM! They are wanting to inspire and empower girls everywhere. My daughter, Sahara, was so impressed with SciGirls and proud to be sharing about her experience. She is excited to watch all the new episodes ONLINE starting today April 15th. The new episodes will air weekly on PBS KIDS (check your local listings) for air times.
Each show will follow the SciGirls as they embark on sci-sational adventures from coast-to-coast, making incredible discoveries and performing unique experiments – all in the name of the latest STEM frontier, citizen science! They go from tracking toads to observing butterflies, counting clouds to learning about urban ornithology and more, viewers at home can tag along on each of their incredible science-based expeditions and learn more about how they can make a difference, too! These shows are made with girls in mind so they focus on bright colors and fun stuff to do. My daughter enjoyed and learned a lot from the episodes she watched and can’t wait to watch more. Science has been her favorite subject so I knew she would love this show.
Also which comes in handy is SciGirls also has a mobile-friendly website. Which with two new games and interactive videos, the site enables fans to connect with fellow STEM explorers and further supports the SciGirls mission, which is nothing short of changing how millions of girls think about science, technology, engineering and math – helping to turn sci-viewers into sci-doers!
This is the project we did on PBS- Robot Body Language– we had so much fun doing this project and plan to do MORE!
Sahara also made the dough with the recipe that came with our SwagBag:
Girls can visit pbskids.org/scigirls
Educators can visit scigirlsconnect.org (I might be homeschooling next year and this will be my go to site for Science)
Here is more info about the Citizen Science:
Citizen science is the hottest new STEM frontier that engages the general public –and kids! – in real science. Scientists worldwide invite ordinary people—like the SciGirls—to observe and record data about everything from birds to beaches, monarch butterflies to maple trees. The data is then shared with scientists, who use it to generate new scientific knowledge.
In six exciting new episodes, middle school girls and their female STEM professional mentors hit the great outdoors, cataloging frog calls, tracking the changing seasons, verifying satellite imagery of clouds, monitoring fragile butterfly populations, improving urban bird habitats, and advocating for healthy oceans. In addition, animated characters Izzie and Jake are back and finding themselves in sticky situations that can only be solved by STEM—and the SciGirls. When the SciGirls share their data with professional scientists, they save the day for Izzie and Jake and help save the environment!
And since all citizen scientists are on-the-go, the series that snagged a “New Approaches” Daytime Emmy Award is unleashing mobile-friendly web upgrades on http://pbskids.org/scigirls that let kids play new games, watch episodes and videos, and connect with fellow STEM explorers anywhere, anytime.
“Collaboration is the key to successful citizen science,” said SciGirls executive producer Richard Hudson. “Since SciGirls’ beginning, working together—making discoveries, mistakes and friends—is one of the important research-based methods we use to engage girls around STEM. This new season underscores the importance of collaboration within the scientific research community and workforce. SciGirls is fortunate to have powerful partners advising us about citizen science, including the University of Cornell Department of Ornithology, NASA and FrogWatch USA.”
My daughter is now a SciGirl!