DragonFly TV SciGirls

DragonFly TV SciGirls

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DragonFly TVThroughout its four seasons, DragonflyTV has become a unique showcase for girls in science. Tokenism is out and inclusiveness is in at DragonflyTV: girls are featured throughout our broadcasts, outreach materials, and Web site. In fact, over half of the DragonflyTV kid scientists are girls.

Because of our commitment to increasing girls' science literacy and interest, DragonflyTV created SciGirls. DragonflyTV SciGirls is a collaborative program funded by the National Science Foundation that empowers PBS outreach professionals to partner with local youth organizations, educators and parents to deliver hands-on science encouragement and career guidance to girls in their communities. SciGirls is based on existing standards-based DragonflyTV outreach resources, which teach the process of full inquiry.

SciGirls will empower your girls to ask questions, communicate, and encourage one another. This project supports collaborative, tactile learning, setting girls on the "science fast track" toward improved critical thinking skills, enhanced problem solving abilities, and ultimately, career success. We at DragonflyTV thank both the National Science Foundation and you for sharing the SciGirls program with your community.

DragonflyTV's educational philosophy is echoed in its mission: To give children and scientists a national forum where they can share the excitement of scientific discovery. We achieve this mission by using several complementary media in addition to the TV series: publications for children, teachers and caregivers; outreach targeting underserved children in informal settings; and a well-publicized, highly interactive web site. Our primary goals are to:

  • Foster a greater interest in science and the process of scientific inquiry among children aged 9 to 12, with special emphasis on racial minorities, girls, and underserved communities;
  • Give children encouragement and the confidence to conduct their own scientific investigations;
  • Provide formal and informal educators with videos that model authentic explorations of science that all children can do;
  • Increase the appreciation of science among parents and other caregivers;
  • Encourage children's literacy, through the synergy of a television show and a companion magazine;
  • Advance current research in science television.

Be Sure to Download SciGirls Activity Guides (Requires Free Adobe Acrobat Reader):


Robot Building for Beginners (Technology in Action Series)
By David Cook (2006)

Junkbots, Bugbots, and Bots on Wheels: Building Simple Robots with Beam Technology
By David Hrynkiw, Mark W. Tilden, Mark Tilden (2002)

Maximum Lego NXT: Building Robots with Java Brains
By Brian Bagnall (2007)

"Check out Engineering"
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SCI GIRLS Activity Three—Rolling Robots (Engineering)

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Click here to view images that highlight a 2006 UNC-TV DragonFly TV SciGirls Training session.
PBS Ready To Learn is supported by a cooperative agreement from the U. S. Department of Education, PR/Award Number R295A00002.