SciGirls facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsSciGirls
|Created by||Twin Cities PBS|
|Written by||Kerri Grant|
|Starring||Lara Jill Miller
|Voices of||Lara Jill Miller
|Theme music composer||Eggplant: Steve D'Angelo, Terry Tompkins, Jeff Morrow|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Original language(s)||English and Spanish|
|No. of seasons||5|
|No. of episodes||39 (List of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Rita K. Karl|
|Running time||28 minutes|
|Production company(s)||TPT Productions
|Original network||PBS Kids Go! (February 11, 2010– October 7, 2013)
PBS Kids (October 7, 2013– present)
|Original release||February 11, 2010– present|
|Preceded by||DragonflyTV, Newton's Apple|
SciGirls is an American live-action/animated children's television series that premiered on February 11, 2010 on PBS Kids. It has a mix of live-action and animated segments. It is produced by Twin Cities PBS.
It is an educational outreach program for elementary school children based on proven best practices for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education for girls. It was launched in February 2010 and produced by Twin Cities Public Television, the episodes are broadcast on most PBS stations, and the project's website, SciGirls, is designed to encourage girls to pursue STEM careers, in response to the low numbers of women in many scientific careers.
Each SciGirls half-hour episode depicts the STEM-themed activities of a group of middle-school girls including engineering a mini-wind farm, creating a turtle habitat, designing an electronic dress, and more. Additionally, women scientists and engineers mentor the girls, demonstrating that interest in STEM subjects can lead to a rewarding lifelong pursuit. The series is unified by two animated characters, Izzie and Jake, who emphasize how science and technology can help solve problems in everyday life. These characters also appear on the series website, which is integrated into the TV episodes.
List of SciGirls episodes
- Izzie (voiced by Lara Jill Miller) is a 12-year-old girl with a constantly expanding assortment of interests. She also acts as the webmaster for the SciGirls website, which hosts a database of science videos following real-life SciGirls. This resource often comes in handy, because whenever Izzie encounters a tricky situation and she is able to zap herself into her computer and follow along with the girls' investigations. Afterward, she is easily able to design a solution to her own dilemma.
- Jake (voiced by Greg Cipes) has known Izzie since they were in preschool and has remained her closest friend. He usually meets up with Izzie at school, online, or around the town. More often than not, Jake finds himself drawn into Izzie's scientific situations.
- Fang, Jake's pet mouse, can often be found helping Jake and Izzie on their STEM-filled adventures.
Alongside Izzie and Jake, each episode features a group of real girls (not actors) working alongside a woman STEM professional.
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