Izzie joins Zoe and her friends as they pony up some science to select the best horse for a riding competition.EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES: The program models the process of scientific inquiry and presents key concepts in biology related to horse anatomy and fitness. Four girls, working with mentors who introduce them to careers in veterinary science, design a set of experiments for 3 horses that quantify their fitness, stride length, and conformation. They also devise a test to measure how smoothly each... [see more] horse moves. They calculate averages from their data and apply their findings to determine which horse is best suited for an upcoming competition. During their data analysis, they engage in a discussion of scientific bias, and how their personal opinions might differ from their scientific data. In addition, the mentors introduce the girls to careers in veterinary medicine.
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.