The fourth season of the TV show SciGirls on PBS celebrates the language and culture of the fast-growing and youngest racial/ethnic group in the United States: Hispanics. The Emmy-winning show inspires girls to explore science, technology, engineering and math. SciGirls team up with adult female science professionals to solve STEM challenges, improve their communities and make new friends. But in these groundbreaking episodes, the real-life SciGirls and their mentors tackle their STEM adventures in both Spanish and English, honoring their Mexican, Puerto Rican, Dominican, Guatemalan, Argentinian, Colombian, Ecuadoran and Salvadoran heritage. Subtitles for both languages are provided, making sure all viewers can join in the STEM learning.
And as always, SciGirls' brand of STEM learning is all about collaboration, exploration and flat-out fun. Hailing from all over the United States, the bilingual STEM superstars code light-up dance costumes in New York, engineer an urban chicken coop in Colorado, design NASA-inspired water bottles in Texas, explore tree ecology in Puerto Rico, engineer a streamlined process for an Arizona food bank or create a fitness boot camp to promote community health in California. You can learn more at pbskids.org/scigirls.
Check out this segment about Laura Valencia, an electrical engineer.
Latina SciGirls Webinar
SciGirls also has an upcoming webinar planned with the National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP) about its program to engage Latina girls in STEM, Latina SciGirls. On Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 10:00am - 11:00am PT, join the SciGirls team from Twin Cities Public Television and the NGCP for this one-hour webinar. Discover best practices for engaging Latina girls in STEM including using role models, embracing cultural diversity, and engaging families. Sign up for the webinar here.
Invent it. Build it. EXPO Exhibitor
SciGirls is also an exhibitor at the Invent it. Build it. EXPO in Minneapolis, October 20. Meet the team from Twin Cities PBS behind SciGirls and educators can attend a session to learn more about outreach.
The Society of Women Engineers (SWE), Girl Scouts, WGBH's Design Squad Global, Techbridge, and the ExxonMobil Foundation have teamed up for the 9th annual Invent it. Build it. It's a one-day engineering experience for middle school and high school girls with a parallel program for parents and educators. In the morning, girls attend our Outreach Expo, and in the afternoon, they do a hands-on engineering activity with women engineers.
The SciGirls educational outreach team is partnering with Hispanic-facing youth organizations nationwide to deliver standards-based bilingual STEM programming to children, families and educators. All outreach resources and activities are in both English and Spanish on the SciGirls CONNECT educators' website. Kids can check out all bilingual videos, grab great STEM activities and connect with fellow STEM superstars on the SciGirls PBSKids website.