Budding naturalist Lea and her SciGirl pals investigate what the non-native Canary Island Palm does to San Diego habitats, comparing the palms to native trees.Educational Objectives:The program models the scientific inquiry process and presents key concepts in biology and ecosystems. Three girls work with a coastal ecologist to design and conduct a scientific investigation to observe the effects of a non-native plant on the surrounding ecosystem. The girls gather, analyze and interpret data they... [see more] collect from three different Canary Island Palms and Arroyo Willows. After using mathematics to chart their findings, the girls determine that the native willow has more insects and spiders living on it than the non-native palm. They hypothesize that this is because the leaves of the willow are softer and easier for the herbivorous insects to eat. The girls communicate their findings to their classmates and recruit them to help plant a native butterfly garden in their local wildlife area.
This series, targeting 'tween girls, showcases bright, curious real girls putting science and engineering to work, as they answer real-life questions and make unexpected discoveries in the world around them. Each episode follows a different group of middle school girls, whose passion to find answers to their questions and eagerness to understand their world provides a model of inquiry-based science, appealing to 'tweens, parents and educators alike. While we meet new girls in each episode, the series is unified by a pair of recurring animated characters -- Izzie and her best friend Jake. Together, they embark on their own adventures and call on the SciGirls for help. At the beginning of each episode, television viewers follow Izzie onto the website as she picks a group of SciGirls whose project she thinks can help her. She launches the video and follows the SciGirls' live-action story, learning as she goes. Viewers are invited to visit the website themselves to create their own personal pages and upload their projects, making the SciGirls website a destination for any girl who is interested in science.