In the thirty-five years since I was one of just a handful of women getting a computer science degree, you'd think the word would be out about what a great choice science is for both girls and boys. But apparently there are still plenty of myths that need busting. Learn more about how to encourage girls in science, technology and engineering with today's site roundup.
"If I could change the world, I'd never stop dreaming, and life would get better every day!" The Girls, Math & Science Partnership from the Carnegie Science Center is an inspirational site for girls ages eleven to seventeen and their mentors. Although in-person events are only available in Arizona and Pennsylvania , the site has oodles to offer virtual visitors, including career explorations, scholarship contests, GirlTalk Radio (and podcasts), scientist bios, and links to sites that offer help with science homework.
Based on the preschool program Playtime is Science (and with a grant from the National Science Foundation) this is a complete curriculum for parents (or caretakers or teachers) to use with girls ages four to eight. It revolves around ten fun at-home science activities, such as Creating a Mystery Bottle (with colored oil and water), Building with Wonderful Junk, and Making and Using Sieves (playing with water and sand.) The entire course is available online (for free, of course) in twelve downloadable, printable PDFs.
What do engineers do exactly? Find out what and how at Engineer Girl! What else can you do at this fabulous site? Ask an engineer your questions, find out what classes to take in high school, see profiles of women engineers, and enter the upcoming Engineer Girl! Essay Contest (which will be posted in October.) "By becoming an engineer, you can help solve problems that are important to society. You could be controlling and preventing pollution, developing new medicines, creating advanced technologies, even exploring new worlds."
"In very real and concrete ways, women who become engineers save lives, prevent disease, reduce poverty, and protect our planet. Dream Big. Love what you do. Become an engineer." Yup, it's another engineering site, but this one is specifically for high school girls. Not sure if engineering is the career for you? Start your site visit with a look at Ten Great Reasons Why You'll Love It. Other great clicks include Meet Inspiring Women, and Find Your Dream Job.
Inspired by the biography book series "Women's Adventures in Science, " this website for middle-school girls is supported by the National Academy of Sciences, and is my pick of the week. Learn about 10 Cool Scientists that you've probably never heard of, but are living and working their science dreams everyday in fields such as robotics, planetary science, forensic anthropology, and wildlife biology. Play games such as Make a Robot, or view a clickable timeline showcasing the accomplishments of twenty-five amazing female scientists.
In the thirty-five years since I was one of just a handful of women getting a computer science degree, you'd think the word would be out about what a great choice science is for both girls and boys. But apparently there are still plenty of myths that need busting. Learn more about how to encourage girls in science, technology and engineering with today's site roundup. \n