Studies show that girls tend to avoid science-related subjects at school. Experts aren't sure if this aversion is due to a lack of interest or a lack of confidence, but one thing is for certain, parents and educators need to work together if they are going to keep girls engaged in these subjects.
In an effort to turn this trend around, PBS has launched a new documentary-style series called SciGirls that highlights cool science experiments specifically for girls. Each episode follows a different group of middle school girls as they learn how much hot air is needed to make balloons fly, investigate changes in glaciers over time, see why bogs help keep organic material from decaying, and experiment with light and color to create an installation art project.
In addition to the show, there are worksheets, activities and an educator guide that viewers can access at the SciGirls website.
From the site:
SciGirls will empower your girls to ask questions, communicate and encourage one another. This project supports collaborative, tactile learning, setting girls on the science fast track toward improved critical thinking skills, enhanced problem-solving abilities, and ultimately, career success.
Check your local listings for showtimes.
Image: SciGirls, courtesy of DragonFlyTV