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  • SciGirls | Science Cooks! 01: Identify the Problem

    The SciGirls love to cook together but after making some yummy dishes they realize that they have a lot of sodium and sugars. The girls decide to work on both recipes so that they are healthier.

    Grades: 5-8
  • SciGirls | Science Cooks! 02: Mentor Moment

    In this SciGirls segment, a group of girls team up with a female graduate student in Nutritional Science to learn more about food and chemistry. This video emphasizes the importance of mentoring for young girls and women in STEM fields.

    Grades: 5-8
  • SciGirls | Science Cooks! 03: Brainstorm & Experiment

    The SciGirls consult their mentor and come up with some unique ways of testing their ingredients in different ways. As the girls are experimenting they work to control all their variables and record their results.

    Grades: 5-8
  • SciGirls | Science Cooks! 04: Share

    After collecting data about which recipe the public like the most, the SciGirls do some analysis. They find some surprising results and realize that their new recipes are a lot healthier than the originals.

    Grades: 5-8
  • SciGirls | Horsing Around 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 how her interest in horses when she was their age led to her career as a veterinarian.

    Grades: 5-8
  • SciGirls | Horsing Around 02: Research

    Before planning an investigation it's good to do research on your topic. The girls learn about techniques for measuring and recording information about different horses. They can use this information when they make decisions about what type of data they want to record.

    Grades: 5-8
  • SciGirls | Horsing Around 03: Plan

    The SciGirls plan their investigation and decide to do four different tests on three different horses then make a decision about which horse is best based on the results.

    Grades: 5-8
  • SciGirls | Horsing Around 04: Experiment

    When doing a test it's important to have a procedure that is easy to follow and everyone agrees on. The SciGirls have to brainstorm and problem solve as they run into some difficulties when completing their stride test. They work together with their mentor to make sure they have accurate results.

    Grades: 5-8
  • SciGirls | Horsing Around 05: Test

    The SciGirls decide to test the horses' overall fitness by using a hear rate monitor. They decide to test each horse’s resting heart rate and the heart rate after exercising, then the length of time it takes to return to resting.

    Grades: 5-8
  • SciGirls | Horsing Around 06: Share

    The SciGirls take a look at all the data they collected and analyze it to determine which horse will be the smoothest ride. One of the SciGirls is biased and wants one horse to win over the others. Her friends make sure that their decision is based purely on the results of their scientific investigation.

    Grades: 5-8
  • SciGirls | Dolphin Dive 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 dolphins and learn about how she got interested in her career.

    Grades: 5-8
  • SciGirls | Dolphin Dive 02: Plan

    The SciGirls want to know if dolphins can recognize themselves in a mirror so they plan out their investigation using a control and two variables. They will test the dolphins to see if they notice when they have a white dot on their rostrum.

    Grades: 5-8
  • SciGirls | Dolphin Dive 03: Observe

    The SciGirls are investigating dolphin behavior and start by observing how the dolphins respond to a mirror. The girls watch for the different types of behavior and how long the behaviors last.

    Grades: 5-8
  • SciGirls | Dolphin Dive 04: Experiment

    Can dolphins recognize themselves in a mirror and notice when a white streak is placed on their rostrum? The SciGirls observe and compare three different dolphins’ reactions to this.

    Grades: 5-8
  • SciGirls | Dolphin Dive 05: Test

    Control tests are an essential part of an experiment. The results of a control test are compared to the results of other tests. The SciGirls use the backside of their mirror as a control to see how the dolphins behave then they can compare these behaviors to what happened when the dolphins interacted with the reflective side of the mirror.

    Grades: 5-8
  • SciGirls | Dolphin Dive 06: Analyze

    The SciGirls have finished collecting all their observations and are now totaling their data and organizing them into a graph to see if they can make some conclusions about whether or not the dolphins can recognize themselves in a mirror.

    Grades: 5-8
  • SciGirls | This Bitter Be Good

    Some people like broccoli and some people hate it. There may be a scientific reason! Cruciferous vegetables contain bitter compounds called glucosinolates. Specific human genes determine whether a person can taste this bitterness. To test for this, scientists use PTC (phenylthiocarbamide), a man-made compound similar to glucosinolates. So for those who can taste PTC, you can make a scientific case for your distaste!

    Grades: 5-8,13+
  • SciGirls | Breathing Room

    How often do you pay attention to your breathing? For some people, breathing isn't always easy. Out of every 10 kids, 1 to 2 suffer from asthma. During an asthma flare-up, airways swell and narrow, trapping air. Kids may feel as if they are trying to breathe through a straw. Doctors use lung function tests to monitor people with asthma and find out how much air they can inhale and exhale.

    Grades: 5-8,13+
  • SciGirls | Take It In Stride

    The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommends that youth (ages 6-17) engage in at least one hour of physical activity daily. When it comes to walking, studies show that for 6- to 12-year-olds, girls need 12,000 steps/day and boys need 15,000 steps/day to stay healthy. One fun way to get kids stepping is to measure stride length. It's an important factor for speed in sports, such as soccer, and can even help kids estimate distances without a ruler!

    Grades: 5-8,13+
  • SciGirls | Science Cooks!

    Good nutrition is an essential part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Nutrients provide energy and are the building blocks our bodies need to function. Learning to make sound choices about food is an important life skill, one that can be practiced by looking at and understanding Nutrition Facts labels.

    Grades: 5-8,13+

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