SciGirls in Space is a new program produced by Twin Cities PBS and supported by CASIS. It is currently in production; videos and lesson plans will be released in late 2018.
SciGirls is an Emmy award-winning television series and outreach program that draws on cutting-edge research about what engages girls in Grades 3-8 in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) learning and careers. The television show, website, and educational outreach program have reached over 14 million girls, educators, and families, making it the most widely accessed girls’ STEM program available nationally.
SciGirls’ videos, interactive website, and hands-on activities work together to address a singular but powerful goal: to inspire, enable, and maximize STEM learning and participation for all girls, with an eye toward future STEM careers. The goal of SciGirls is to change how millions of girls think about STEM.
The new program, SciGirls In Space, will have videos, standards-aligned educational activities, and hands-on programs to engage girls at science museums and other learning environments beyond the classroom. It will feature three SciGirls episodes themed around NASA and space as well as role model video profiles of innovative female scientists and students who have flown experiments on the International Space Station.
The SciGirls in Space Activity Guide will reflect the videos’ themes and provide learners with newly developed science activities and art and video projects inspired by the ISS National Lab. All activities will align with the Next Generation Science Standards.
SciGirls in Space will provide online professional development training around gender equitable instruction and use of programmatic resources to educational organizations such as Challenger Centers, science museums, and planetariums. The training will empower educators to guide girls in doing hands-on activities, producing their own videos, creating space-themed artwork, and talking with role models including female astronauts.