SciGirls

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SciGirls
SciGirls logo.jpg
SciGirls Logo
GenreEducational entertainment
Reality television
Created byTwin Cities Public Television
Written byKerri Grant
StarringLara Jill Miller
Greg Cipes
Voices ofLara Jill Miller
Greg Cipes
Theme music composerEggplant: Steve D'Angelo, Terry Tompkins, Jeff Morrow
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English and Spanish
No. of seasons5
No. of episodes39 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Rita K. Karl
Producer(s)Angie Prindle
Marie Domingo
Animator(s)Curious Media
Soup2Nuts
Running time28 minutes
Production company(s)TPT Productions
DistributorPBS
Release
Original networkPBS Kids Go! (February 11, 2010– October 7, 2013)
PBS Kids (October 7, 2013– present) CBC Kids POP tv
Original releaseFebruary 11, 2010 (2010-02-11) –
TBA
Chronology
Preceded byDragonflyTV, Newton's Apple
External links
Official Website for Kids on PBSkids.org
SciGirls Connect Educator Website

SciGirls is an American 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 and middle-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,[1] is designed to encourage girls to pursue STEM careers, in response to the low numbers of women in many scientific careers.[2][3]

Overview[edit]

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.

Episodes[edit]

Season Episodes Season Premiere Season Finale
1 12 February 11, 2010[4] April 29, 2010
2 10 October 11, 2012 December 13, 2012
3 6 April 16, 2015 May 21, 2015
4 6 February 1, 2018 March 8, 2018
5 5 December 12, 2019 January 9, 2020

Characters[edit]

  • 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.[5]
  • 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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://pbskids.org/scigirls
  2. ^ https://www.pbs.org/parents/scigirls/abouttheprogram/
  3. ^ http://www.tpt.org/uploads/pdfs/2484-5_SciGirls_press_release_Emmy_w_Izzie.pdf
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 20, 2012. Retrieved August 25, 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ SciGirls characters

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