Best friends Angela, Olivia, Margaret and Rebecca don welding masks and rev up power tools to engineer an ice cream-maker that's powered by their bikes.EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES:The program models the engineering design process as four girls design a machine that will churn ice cream while they ride their bike. With the help of a mechanical engineer, the girls start by observing and analyzing the mechanics of current technologies like a meat grinder, eggbeaters, and a hand crank ice cream machine. After... [see more] initial testing, the girls find that the ice cream maker is moving back and forth too much so they redesign to secure it to the bike and prevent wiggling. The product is evaluated to make sure it satisfies the original need. Then the girls communicate their process and design with the public.
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.