What's the buzz in urban gardens? The SciGirls use math, mapping and data visualization to help a colony of bees thrive in a downtown Phoenix neighborhood.EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES:The program models the scientific inquiry process and presents key concepts in behavior of organisms. After learning that their local community garden would like a honeybee hive, four girls offer to help out. They start by making observations at a bee lab with a biologist to learn about how a hive functions and the basics... [see more] of hive maintenance. After setting up their hive, they work with an applied mathematician to determine the bee food supply in their neighborhood. They gather data comparing four different types of city blocks (residential, empty, industrial, and parks/gardens) and count the number and diversity of plants. As a result of their investigation, they plant flowers that the bees will be attracted to as additional food resources.
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.