Science Minders Project

September 1st, 1993 - February 28th, 1998 | PROJECT

The goal of the Science Minders project is to increase the interest and self-esteem of girls relative to science. Since many early adolescents seek economic independency by "baby-sitting," the Science Minders project will develop materials designed to permit early adolescents to teach science to small groups of young children. The materials will make the early adolescents' child-caring providing more successful and significantly enhance their attitudes and comfort with science. These materials will include a book containing informal science activities and activity resources, a child-development guide, first-aid and emergency procedures and child-care tips; and two training videos, one to demonstrate how to use the materials effectively with young children, and one to train adults to train adolescents as child-care providers. These materials will be nationally promoted and disseminated by a commercial publisher and through the national network of 400 YWCAs in 4,000 locations throughout the United States.

Project Website(s)

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Team Members

John H Falk, Principal Investigator, Oregon State University
Patricia Roche, Co-Principal Investigator


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: ISE/AISL
Award Number: 9254696
Funding Amount: 647090


Access and Inclusion: Women and Girls
Audience: Adults | Museum | ISE Professionals | Youth | Teen (up to 17)
Discipline: General STEM | Health and medicine | Life science
Resource Type: Project Descriptions
Environment Type: Community Outreach Programs | Public Programs