SciGirls, a new PBS KIDS weekly series and website, is out to change how millions of tween girls think about science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM! In each episode, animated characters Izzie and her best friend Jake find themselves in jams only science can fix. To set things right, Izzie calls on smart, curious real-life SciGirls, who put STEM to work and save the day. Izzie also invites viewers to hang out on the website, a totally safe social networking environment where girls can connect, create personal profiles and avatars, share projects and watch every episode.
SciGirls premiered nationwide on Public Television stations and online at pbskidsgo.org/scigirls in February 2010.
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The National Science Foundation is an independent federal agency that supports education and research across all fields of science and engineering. The NSF supports many science programs on PBS in addition to SciGirls, including Cyberchase, Fetch!, Design Squad, and Nova ScienceNow.
ExxonMobil supports innovative programs to inspire young people to pursue math and science, including the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy, Bernard Harris Summer Science Camps and Dream Tour and the Sally Ride Teachers Academy.
Every girl can be a SciGirl with a groundbreaking new TV show and interactive website that will transform the way tween girls look at science, technology, engineering and math (S.T.E.M.). SciGirls premiered on PBS stations from coast-to-coast February 2010 (check local listings) and on www.pbskids.org/scigirls. The empowering series has just the right formula to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers with an engaging combination of actual girls exploring real-world science and math alongside successful female mentors in the field – plus an online destination unlike any other where young viewers can share their own exciting ideas and projects. SciGirls is science for girls, by girls!
The SciGirls creative team is headed by tpt Executive Producer Richard Hudson, creator of the long-running PBS children’s science series Newton's Apple and DragonflyTV. Series Producer is Kathy Shugrue co-creator of Fetch! and producer of Zoom at WGBH. The Izzie animation is created by Soup2Nuts, producers of WordGirl. The website is being developed byBig Bad Tomato Interactive. tpt National Productions’ quality, creativity and innovation have earned both popular and critical acclaim, garnering more than 300 awards for artistic and technical achievement, including 25 national and regional Emmy Awards, the duPont-Columbia Commendation, three Peabody Awards, an Academy Award nomination and awards at major international film festivals. tpt National Productions' websites also have been honored with Parents’ Choice and PBS Web awards, and its outreach resources have been lauded and utilized by educators, community leaders and parents nationwide.
SciGirls is generously funded by The National Science Foundation with additional support from ExxonMobil.
tpt National Productions is among the primary content producers for the public television system. In addition to crafting award-winning series, documentaries and specials, tpt National Productions amplifies its reach and impact through innovative websites, educational outreach programs and community engagement initiatives. By creating informative and entertaining content, tpt National Productions deeply engages millions of adults and children around the nation and the world.
tpt National Productions' quality, creativity and innovation have earned both popular and critical acclaim, garnering more than 300 awards for artistic and technical achievement. Honors include 25 national and regional Emmy Awards, the duPont- Columbia Commendation, two Peabody Awards, an Academy Award nomination and awards at the Chicago, New York and Tokyo Film Festivals. tpt National Production's websites have also been honored with Parent's Choice and PBS Web awards, and its outreach resources have been lauded and utilized by educators, community leaders and parents nationwide.
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