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Created by TPT Productions
Starring Lara Jill Miller
Greg Cipes
Voices of Lara Jill Miller
Greg Cipes
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 28 (List of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Marc du Pontavice
Producer(s) Olivier Jean-Marie
Running time 28 minutes
Production company(s) TPT Productions
Saban Brands
Distributor PBS
Original network PBS Kids Go! (2010–13)
PBS Kids (2013–15)
Original release February 13, 2010 (2010-02-13) – May 22, 2015 (2015-05-22)
External links
Official Website for Kids on

SciGirls is an American children's television series that premiered on February 12, 2010 on PBS Kids Go!. It is produced by TPT Productions, Soup2Nuts, and Saban Brands. On April 30, 2010 the series went on hiatus until Season 2 on October 12, 2012 to December 14, 2012. The series ended on May 22, 2015. The episodes broadcast on most PBS stations have reruns on the weekends.

It is an educational outreach program for elementary and middle-school children based on proven best practices for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education for girls. It was launched in February 2011 and produced by Twin Cities Public Television, the episodes are broadcast on most PBS stations, and the project's website is at SciGirls is designed to encourage girls to pursue STEM careers, in response to the low numbers of women in many scientific careers.[1][2]

The show was awarded a Daytime Emmy Award in 2011 for Outstanding New Approaches in a Children's TV Show and Best Emmy for Summer 2011 and Metal Trophy for Winter 2011.[3] SciGirls developed from the award-winning PBS children's television series DragonflyTV.


Alongside Izzie and Jake, episodes feature several different groups of real SciGirls.

Cameo characters


Each SciGirls half-hour episode depicts the STEM-themed activities of a group of middle-school girls including engineering a mini-wind farm, creating a turtle habitat, designing an electronic dress, and more. Additionally, women scientists and engineers mentor the girls, demonstrating that interest in STEM subjects can lead to a rewarding lifelong pursuit. The series is unified by two animated characters, Izzie and Jake, who emphasize how science and technology can help solve problems in everyday life. These characters also appear on the series website, which is integrated into the TV episodes.

Series overview

Season Episodes Season Premiere Season Finale
1 12 February 12, 2010[5] April 30, 2010
2 10 October 12, 2012 December 14, 2012
3 6 April 17, 2015 May 22, 2015

Project approach

The entire approach of SciGirls is based on published research into best practices for engaging girls in STEM. A quarter of a century of studies have converged on a set of common strategies which are built into the project's educational framework, and called the SciGirls Seven:

  1. Girls benefit from collaboration, especially when they can participate and communicate fairly (Fancsali, 2002; Parker & Rennie, 2002). Girls are energized by the social part of science – working and learning together. When discussions remain respectful and inclusive, every girl feels their contribution is valued.
  2. Girls are motivated by projects they find personally relevant and meaningful (Eisenhart & Finkel, 1998; Liston, Peterson, & Ragan, 2008; Thompson & Windschitl, 2005). Girls become engaged when they feel their project or task is important and can make a difference in their community. If they see how STEM is relevant to their own lives and interests, their attitude toward these subjects improves.
  3. Girls enjoy hands-on, open-ended projects and investigations (Burkam, Lee, & Smerdon, 1997; Chatman, Nielsen, Strauss, & Tanner, 2008; Fancsali, 2002). SciGirls promotes exploration, imagination, and invention – encouraging girls to ask questions and explore all of the possibilities science and engineering have to offer.
  4. Girls are motivated when they can approach projects in their own way, applying their creativity, unique talents, and preferred learning styles (Calabrese Barton, Tan, & Rivet, 2008; Eisenhart & Finkel, 1998). SciGirls encourages girls to develop their own ways of exploring and sharing knowledge, and to come up with creative, exciting and surprising approaches to designing investigations, collecting data, and sharing their results.
  5. Girls' confidence and performance improves in response to specific, positive feedback on things they can control – such as effort, strategies, and behaviors (Blackwell, Trzesniewski, & Sorich Dweck, 2007; Halpern et al., 2007; Mueller & Dweck, 1998; Zeldin & Pajares, 2000). Self-confidence can make or break a girls' interest in STEM. SciGirls stresses that confronting problems and having experiments fail is a normal part of the scientific process.!
  6. Girls gain confidence and trust in their own reasoning when encouraged to think critically (Chatman et al., 2008; Eisenhart & Finkel, 1998). In SciGirls programming, asking questions and creative thinking are a must, even when these questions might challenge accepted ideas. When girls are free to voice their opinions and re-examine ideas from different perspectives, they become more engaged in STEM.
  7. Girls benefit from relationships with role models and mentors (Evans, Whigham, & Wang, 1995; Liston et al., 2008). Seeing women who have succeeded in STEM helps inspire and motivate girls, especially when they can relate to these role models as people with lives outside of the lab. Role models and mentors not only broaden girls' views of who does science, but expand girls' vision of what's possible in their own lives.


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