New Kids' Series SciGirls on WXXI-TV

New Kids' Series SciGirls on WXXI-TV

Mon, 08/02/2010 - 5:30pm

Credit: Twin Cities Public Television

All new girl-powered science series!

Ladies, start your televisions! And boot up your laptops! Watch two girls dive into a crystal-blue Catalina reef to uncover sunken secrets about biodiversity. Or four friends engineer a giant twelve-foot pig puppet for a May Day Parade. Or a group of tweens remake a wetland so endangered turtles have a place to call home.

Welcome to SciGirls, a new weekly series airing Monday through Thursday at 5:30 p.m. on WXXI-TV (DT21.1/cable 11/cable 1011).

The bold goal of SciGirlsis no less than to change how millions of girls think about science, technology, engineering and math – or S.T.E.M., the hottest topic in U.S. education today. Each half-hour episode follows a different group of enthusiastic, real SciGirls, who collaborate, communicate, engineer and discover. They’re accompanied by two animated characters – a plucky SciGirl named Izzie and her best friend Jake, who tie the series together with their ongoing adventures.

“America has an incredible need for scientists and engineers, yet far too few women are choosing those career paths. Girls have the skills, but so many never realize their potential because somewhere along the way, they get discouraged,” said Dr. Richard Hudson, the show’s Executive Producer. “We feel that SciGirls can help turn this trend around, building girls’ natural interest in science and, more importantly, their belief in themselves.”