Life Science


  • SciGirls | Habitat Havoc 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 a mentor working in the field of ecology about her project comparing native willow trees and non-native palm trees. They also get some ideas about what they can study.

    Grades: 5-8
  • SciGirls | Habitat Havoc 02: Determine Question and Plan Experiment

    Determining how to test your question is an important step in the scientific inquiry process. The SciGirls decide to ask the question, "What impact does the Canary Island Palm have on the ecosystem?" and plan several investigations to compare the ecosystem around the native and non-native trees.

    Grades: 5-8
  • SciGirls | Habitat Havoc 03: Test

    When collecting data it is important to be consistent and to get as many data points as possible. The SciGirls collect data on the number and types of invertebrates, leaf strength, and the environment under the trees to make their comparison.

    Grades: 5-8
  • SciGirls | Habitat Havoc 04: Share

    After drawing conclusions about the different impacts on the ecosystem by native and non-native plants, the SciGirls decide to share their findings with their classmates. They decide to also make some changes to their environment by planting a native butterfly garden and want to see if their classmates will help them.

    Grades: 5-8
  • SciGirls | Multitasking Mania 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 their job. The SciGirls rely on their mentor to explain a little bit about the current research behind multitasking and some tips when doing social psychology research experiments. The girls also get help to develop a survey to send to give to their peers.

    Grades: 5-8
  • SciGirls | Multitasking Mania 02: Research

    Before proceeding with their multitasking experiment the SciGirls need to gather preliminary research from their peers, so they administer a survey to determine what activities students are doing when they are multitasking. From this survey they determine what they want to investigate.

    Grades: 5-8
  • SciGirls | Multitasking Mania 03: Test

    The SciGirls are trying to find out how well students their age can multitask while doing homework so they bring together a group of their peers and ask them to concentrate on a mathematical task while texting.

    Grades: 5-8
  • SciGirls | Multitasking Mania 04: Share

    After completing their multitasking experiment the girls review the data they collected to determine if their peers can multitask while doing a homework-like task. The results are pretty clear from the their investigation and the girls are excited to share them with their mentor.

    Grades: 5-8
  • SciGirls | Workin' It Out 01: Identify the Problem

    What are the best kinds of activities to keep us fit, healthy, and strong? In this video the SciGirls are given a challenge by a local professor to help her determine how to increase physical activity in girls.

    Grades: 5-8
  • SciGirls | Workin' It Out 02: Brainstorm

    When doing an investigation in a group it's important to make sure that everyone agrees on how the data will be measured. They SciGirls decide on a set of activities they want to test then figure out how they will rate the activities for likeability and difficulty.

    Grades: 5-8
  • SciGirls | Workin' It Out 03: Test Activity

    The SciGirls are investigating four different types of physical activities (hip hop dance, soccer, walking, and yoga). After hip hop dancing the girls record their observations of likeability and difficulty.

    Grades: 5-8
  • SciGirls | Workin' It Out 04: Analyze Data

    When doing an investigation it's important to take lots of different measurements. The SciGirls are surprised by the measurements taken by the accelerometers they were wearing while testing their four activities. They decide to look at the results in light of some of the other measurements they took.

    Grades: 5-8
  • SciGirls | Workin' It Out 05: Mentor Moment

    In this SciGirls segment, we learn about the life of a SciGirls mentor at work and at home. This video emphasizes the importance of mentoring and role models for young girls and women in STEM fields.

    Grades: 5-8
  • SciGirls | Workin' It Out 06: Analyze and Share

    This SciGirls video is a good example of data analysis. When you enjoy doing a physical activity you will want to do it more often and you will push yourself harder when doing it. The SciGirls draw conclusions based on all the data they collected when testing the three activities.

    Grades: 5-8
  • SciGirls | Bee Haven 01: Identify the Problem

    In this investigation the SciGirls must learn how to set up an urban beehive. They have the initial question but also must be prepared to have new questions as they work through the process.

    Grades: 5-8
  • SciGirls | Bee Haven 02: Research

    We owe every third bite that we eat to honey bees because of their important role in crop pollination. The SciGirls want to start their own beehive so learn all about different types of bees (queen, worker, and drones).

    Grades: 5-8
  • SciGirls | Bee Haven 03: Data Collection and Analysis

    Sampling is an important mathematical technique to learn information about a population by examining a sample of the population. The SciGirls count a sample of the plants resources available for their bees in Phoenix and then draw inferences about the amount of resources available in the larger city.

    Grades: 5-8
  • SciGirls | Bee Haven 04: Test

    The SciGirls want to plant more flowers for their beehive but first want to know what kind of flowers would be the best to plant. They decide to do a color preference test to see if bees appear to prefer yellow or blue flowers better.

    Grades: 5-8
  • SciGirls | Bee Haven 05: Share

    The SciGirls share everything they learned about bees, plant diversity in Phoenix, and bee behavior to the community volunteers who will be taking care of the beehive.

    Grades: 5-8
  • SciGirls | Multitasking Mania

    To multitask or not to multitask, that is the question. Scientists are divided over whether multitasking is good or bad. One theory says that people can only multitask if they are really good at both tasks, while another claims that we don't actually multitask--instead, our brain switches between tasks. Most scientists agree, however, that your performance on any task is worse when multitasking than when doing it on its own.

    Grades: 5-8, 13+

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