Cold weather, hot science! SciGirls Greta and her 6th grade pals use passive solar heat and bubble-wrap insulation to warm up an ice shanty on a frozen Minnesota lake.EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES:The program models the scientific inquiry and engineering design processes and presents key concepts in energy transfer. In the middle of winter, four girls conduct a scientific investigation to find out how to keep an unheated ice shanty warm for volunteers during a popular outdoor winter festival. With the help... [see more] of a sustainability specialist, the girls build a small scale model to gather and analyze data about where to place insulation and what type to use on the shanty. Using evidence from the experiments, the girls analyze their data to determine that bubble wrap is the best insulator for their shanty and that it should be put on the roof and three walls. This set up is optimal to take advantage of passive solar heat when it is sunny and keep the heat in when it is cloudy.
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.