May 22, 2023 (St. Paul, MN) – SciGirls invites children nationwide to explore science in the great outdoors! Twin Cities PBS produces the PBS KIDS series. SciGirls‘ seventh and final season, SciGirls in the Parks, takes viewers on a journey of America’s national and state park system, highlighting the adventures of curious, smart, and creative kid scientists. These five new episodes will premiere on Fridays on TPT 2 beginning May 26 at 12:30 p.m. The episodes will also be available for streaming free on PBS KIDS and tpt.org/SciGirls on May 26. Games, episodes, and additional content can be found on pbskids.org/scigirls.
SciGirls is an Emmy Award-winning PBS KIDS series that has inspired children and families around science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) learning and career paths. SciGirls in the Parks continues this tradition by sharing the stories of real girls—not actors—as they team up with adult STEM role models to learn about citizen science. Citizen science initiatives held in parks nationwide help researchers collect data on animal and plant species, water quality, and other environmental phenomena. From observing fireflies in South Carolina to tracking marine animals on the Alaska Coast to leading trash clean-ups on the banks of the Mississippi River, these real-life SciGirls pitch in to improve their communities. SciGirls’ animated characters Izzie and Jake are along for the ride, using STEM to solve problems, help people, and have fun!
While SciGirls in the Parks marks the series’ final season, educational outreach in youth-serving learning spaces nationwide continues, and all SciGirls content remains freely accessible. In addition to PBS station broadcasts, episodes and resources are available on pbskids.org/scigirls, as well as on SciGirls’ popular YouTube channel. Educators can find all media and standards-aligned activities, available in both English and Spanish, at PBS LearningMedia, and parents and caregivers can access resources to help with their children’s STEM learning at pbskidsforparents.org and scigirlsconnect.org.
“For almost twenty years, SciGirls has received sustainable support from the National Science Foundation,” said Sylvia Strobel, TPT’s President and CEO. “This has allowed us to inspire, encourage and excite children, families, and educators with gender-equitable, standards-based and fun STEM content. We are deeply grateful for this opportunity, and excited to leverage our learnings into new science media for youth.”
SciGirls is produced by Twin Cities PBS and is made possible by major funding from the National Science Foundation. Additional support is provided by the Cargill Foundation, 3M, The Craig Newmark Foundation, and the PPG Foundation.
ABOUT TWIN CITIES PBS (TPT)
The mission of TPT is to “enrich lives and strengthen communities through the power of media.” As one of the nation’s leading public media organizations, TPT uses television, digital media and community engagement to advance education, culture and citizenship. Over its 60-plus year history, TPT has been recognized for its innovation and creativity, particularly in STEM media production. Based in St. Paul, MN, TPT is one of the highest rated PBS affiliates in the nation, reaching over 1.3 million people each month through multiple broadcast and online channels. The organization’s particular areas of focus include: the educational readiness of children; serving the needs and unleashing the potential of America’s aging population; engaging a new generation in the power of public media; and being the preferred media partner for organizations that align with our mission to enrich lives and strengthen community. For more information, visit TPT online, follow TPT on Facebook and Twitter
ABOUT THE NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
The National Science Foundation is an independent federal agency that supports education and research across all fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). In addition to providing major support for SciGirls, the NSF supports other science and math programs on PBS and pbskids.org, including DragonflyTV, Peg + Cat, Design Squad Nation, and Plum Landing. Click here for more information on NSF activities.
About PBS KIDS
PBS KIDS believes the world is full of possibilities, and so is every child. As the number one educational media brand for kids, PBS KIDS helps children ages 2-8 learn lessons that last a lifetime. Through media and community-based programs, PBS KIDS wants children to see themselves uniquely reflected and celebrated in lovable, diverse characters who serve as positive role models, and to explore their feelings and discover new adventures along the way. Families can stream PBS KIDS for free anytime, no subscription required. A large collection of mobile apps and pbskids.org provide accessible content that spark kids’ curiosity. PBS KIDS and local stations across the country support the entire ecosystem in which children learn and grow – including their teachers and caregivers, parents, and community – providing resources accessible anytime and anywhere. For more information, visit pbs.org/pressroom, or follow PBS KIDS on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
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