Full-Scale Development: “Citizen SciGirls” Transmedia and Research to Encourage Girls in STEM (SciGirls Season 3)

September 15th, 2013 - August 31st, 2016 | PROJECT

SciGirls and Citizen Science: Real Data, Real Kids, Real Discoveries SciGirls is showcasing Citizen Science! From their own backyards to a NASA research center, the bright, relatable, real girls featured on the groundbreaking PBS series are seriously into science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM. And Season Three of SciGirls finds these STEM adventurers tracking toads, counting clouds and much more, all in the name of citizen science. The brand-new season of the Emmy-winning show, featuring six stand-out episodes, debuted April 2015 on PBS KIDS (check local listings) and online at http://pbskids.org/scigirls. Citizen science is the newest 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! The new mobile-friendly website at http://pbskids.org/scigirls lets 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 Cornell Lab of Ornithology, NASA and SciStarter.” The SciGirls creative team is headed by Twin Cities Public Television’s Director of Science Content Richard Hudson, Executive Producer of the long-running PBS children’s science series Newton's Apple and creator of DragonflyTV and the SciGirls initiative. Animation is created by Soup2Nuts, producers of PBS’ WordGirl. Strategic partners for the new series are the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Rick Bonney co-PI, and the National Girls Collaborative Project, co-PI Karen Peterson. SciGirls is made possible by a major grant from the National Science Foundation. Additional funding is provided by INFOR, Northrop Grumman Foundation, and PPG Industries Foundation.

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Project Products

2014 Poster - SciGirls Season 3: "Citizen SciGirls" Transmedia and Research to Encourage Girls in STEM
2016 Poster - SciGirls: Citizen SciGirls Transmedia and Research to Encourage Girls in STEM
Girls' Interest in Nature and Science Scale (GINSS)
Contribution of Multimedia to Girls’ Experience of Citizen Science Summative Evaluation of SciGirls Season Three
Contribution of Multimedia to Girls’ Experience of Citizen Science
Video - Citizen SciGirls: Contribution of Multimedia to Girls’ Experience of Citizen Science, Summative Evaluation of SciGirls Season Three
Season 3: Citizen SciGirls Outreach Evaluation

Team Members

Rita Karl, Principal Investigator, Twin Cities Public Television
Rick Bonney, Co-Principal Investigator, Twin Cities Public Television
Karen Peterson, Co-Principal Investigator, National Girls Collaborative Project
Richard Hudson, Former Principal Investigator, Twin Cities Public Television


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: ISE/AISL
Award Number: 1323713
Funding Amount: 2674862


Access and Inclusion: Women and Girls
Audience: Adults | Educators | Teachers | Evaluators | Families | Middle School Children (11-13) | Museum | ISE Professionals | Scientists
Discipline: Education and learning science | General STEM | Nature of science | Space science
Resource Type: Project Descriptions
Environment Type: Broadcast Media | Citizen Science Programs | Media and Technology | Public Programs | Websites | Mobile Apps | Online Media