Summative Evaluation of SciGirls Television Series Season One

November 22nd, 2010 | EVALUATION

SciGirls is a new weekly public television series produced by Twin Cities Public Television and supported by the National Science Foundation. Twelve half-hour animated and live action shows are accompanied by web and outreach activities in the fields of science, technology and engineering (STEM). Multimedia Research, an independent evaluation group, implemented a summative evaluation of SciGirls television programming with a rigorous randomized controlled trial design comparing treatment and control groups. Girls entering fifth grade were assigned randomly either to a treatment group (n = 42) that viewed four SciGirls engineering episodes focused on design and build projects or to a control group (n = 42) that viewed four episodes of Wishbone, a reading literacy series. The experimental design permitted assessment of a cause-effect relationship between the SciGirls series and its planned outcomes of high engagement, better understanding of the engineering design process, and higher confidence in participating in design and build projects.



Team Members

Barbara Flagg, Evaluator, Multimedia Research
Twin Cities Public Television, Contributor


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: AISL
Award Number: 0813519
Funding Amount: 2598634

Related URLs

SciGirls - A New National TV Series


Access and Inclusion: Women and Girls
Audience: Elementary School Children (6-10) | Evaluators | Museum | ISE Professionals
Discipline: Education and learning science | Engineering
Resource Type: Evaluation Reports | Summative
Environment Type: Broadcast Media | Media and Technology