Environmental Science


  • SciGirls | Going Green 01: Identify the Problem

    The SciGirls are concerned about the amount items being thrown in the trash vs. what items are being recycled at lunchtime in their school. They watch students as they are cleaning up and notice a problem.

    Grades: 5-8
  • SciGirls | Going Green 02: Classify

    The SciGirls start sorting the garbage at their school and are upset about what they find. There's a lot of plastic in the pile so they sort it using the recycling number on the packages. After sorting they find that the containers they have the most of can't be recycled.

    Grades: 5-8
  • SciGirls | Going Green 03: Mentor Moment

    Seeing women who have succeeded in STEM helps inspire and motivate girls, especially when they can relate to these mentors as people with lives outside of the lab. The SciGirls talk with their mentor about plastics and what they are used for. They also learn how she got interested in chemical engineering.

    Grades: 5-8
  • SciGirls | Going Green 04: Research

    This SciGirls video shows the girls doing research at a recycling plant to learn a little more about the process before creating their new product. Before creating a prototype the SciGirls do some research. They learn how a recycling plant works and why certain things get recycled and others don't. They also learn what happens to things after they get recycled.

    Grades: 5-8
  • SciGirls | Going Green 05: Prototype

    This SciGirls video is a good example of creating a prototype of a product. When creating a prototype it's always a good idea to start small by building one and getting feedback before tackling the whole project. The SciGirls get great feedback from their mentor to help them refine their prototype.

    Grades: 5-8
  • SciGirls | Going Green 06: Share

    The SciGirls have done their research, created a prototype, and done some consumer testing with their new product. Now it's time to share their results with others.

    Grades: 5-8
  • SciGirls | Star Power 01: Mentor Moment

    In this SciGirls segment, a group of girls and their mentor collect their first piece of data for the World Wide Star Count. They carefully follow the procedure, and they learn about the distance and location of the stars visible in the night sky.

    Grades: 5-8
  • SciGirls | Star Power 02: Data Collection

    The SciGirls collect their first piece of data for the World Wide Star Count. They follow their procedure to make sure that they are collecting their data accurately before moving on to the next site.

    Grades: 5-8
  • SciGirls | Star Power 03: Observe

    In this SciGirls segment, a group of girls and their mentor make observations about light pollution in Boston, its wastefulness, and its impact on their ability to see the stars.

    Grades: 5-8
  • SciGirls | Star Power 04: Design

    In this SciGirls segment, a group of girls design a prototype light cover to prevent light pollution. Their prototype directs light up instead of down.

    Grades: 5-8
  • SciGirls | Underwater Eco-Adventure 01: Mentor Moment

    Seeing women who have succeeded in STEM helps inspire and motivate girls, especially when they can relate to these mentors as people with lives outside of the lab. The SciGirls talk with their mentor about what she does as a marine biologist looking at reefs.

    Grades: 5-8
  • SciGirls | Underwater Eco-Adventure 02: Plan

    When planning an experiment it's important to know what you will be measuring. The girls choose indicator species that they will be counting to compare the health of two different reefs.

    Grades: 5-8
  • SciGirls | Underwater Eco-Adventure 03: Data Collection

    Carefully making observations and measurements is an essential part of data collection. The girls begin collecting data and making observations in the reef they've chosen to survey.

    Grades: 5-8
  • SciGirls | Underwater Eco-Adventure 04: Analyze

    There are many ways to analyze the results of an experiment. One way to visualize data that was collected is to put it into a graph. The SciGirls average their data sets and use a bar graph to help them see trends in the data and make interpretations.

    Grades: 5-8
  • SciGirls | Sink or Swim?

    This activity, presented by SciGirls, teaches students how to investigate the properties of different types of plastics. It addresses how plastics are marked, and which ones recycling centers accept.

    Grades: 5-8
  • SciGirls | Light Bulb Challenge

    This activity, presented by SciGirls, teaches students how to test the performance and efficiency of light bulbs. They must calculate and compare the efficiency of fluorescent versus incandescent light bulbs.

    Grades: 5-8
  • SciGirls | Going Green

    This activity, presented by SciGirls, teaches students how to reduce waste, and what happens to the environment when we don't recycle.

    Grades: 5-8
  • SciGirls | Star Power

    This activity, presented by SciGirls, teaches students all about light pollution—outdoor lighting which threatens our ability to see the stars at night, and which disrupts animals' mating, migration, and predation behaviors—and what they can do to prevent it.

    Grades: 5-8
  • SciGirls | Terrific Pacific 01: Observations

    The SciGirls participate in Seafloor Explorer and make observations of the seafloor, looking at what the seafloor is made of and what animals live there. Some citizen science projects involve making observations of images gathered by instruments.

    Grades: 5-8
  • SciGirls | Terrific Pacific 02: Data Collection

    The SciGirls collect data about the health of their local marine protected area. They take a fishing boat out to the area and begin collecting data. They start with collecting a plankton sample (to be analyzed in the lab) and then collect water quality data.

    Grades: 5-8

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