Scigirls is TPT’s National Science Foundation-funded program that engages girls (and boys!), families and educators nationwide around science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM. By combining an Emmy Award-winning PBS series, multiple websites, hands-on activities and professional development workshops, SciGirls reaches millions on-the-air, online and in communities, inspiring the next generation of STEM superstars.
RITA KORIN KARL – Senior Managing Director, STEM Media and Education Department
Executive Producer, SciGirls
Rita Karl leads TPT’s portfolio of STEM initiatives including the Emmy Award-winning PBS television show SciGirls and the SciGirls CONNECT national outreach initiative. Rita is the Principal Investigator on several National Science Foundation grants focusing on gender equity and cultural responsiveness. Rita’s previous roles include Director of Education at the Challenger Center for Space Science Education and Director of USAID’s Educational Technology in Schools project. She also designed and led the NASA-award winning Aerospace Scholars program, now in its seventeenth year. Rita holds a MS in Instructional Technology and a BA in Directing.
Kristin Pederson – Director, STEM Project Development and Communications
For over seventeen years, Kristin Pederson’s work with Twin Cities PBS has had a distinct emphasis on science, health, gender equity and cultural competency. She has crafted and led educational engagement and communications initiatives for multiple award-winning projects, including SciGirls, DragonflyTV, The Forgetting: A Portrait of Alzheimer’s; The New Medicine, Depression: Out of the Shadows and Slavery by Another Name. Kristin works with diverse stakeholders, including content experts, researchers, educators, sponsors and other thought leaders, to share STEM with children, families and educators nationwide. Kristin previously served as Community Engagement Director at the Minnesota Department of Health and taught writing at Colorado State University. She holds an MA in Communication Development and a BA in English.
Angie Prindle – Series Executive Producer, SciGirls
Angie joined the TPT team in Cities PBS in 2008 on the series DragonflyTV, and was part of the original creative team who developed SciGirls for television. Formerly based in San Francisco, Angie produced hundreds of episodes for popular HGTV series. Angie has also produced for Travel Channel’s hit series, Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern, BASE Productions, and Target Corporation. Other recent projects include the arts and cultural local series Minnesota Original, and the PBS Emmy Award-winning documentary film, Kevin Kling: Lost & Found.
Marie Domingo – Senior Producer, SciGirls and Managing Producer, SciGirls Strategies
Marie Domingo has dedicated her career to producing media with a mission to inform, inspire and impact lives. She is currently a Senior Producer of the Emmy award-winning PBS Kids series, SciGirls. Marie’s other Emmy-winning credits include: SciGirls Strategies: Real Women, Real Jobs; Kevin Kling: Lost & Found; American High; Newton’s Apple and Hoop Dreams. Marie has also taught aspiring media makers as an adjunct professor of Cinema Production at Minneapolis Community and Technical College and she serves on the board of TV by Girls, a non-profit which develops girls’ leadership skills using media production tools.
Sarah Carter – Science Producer and Manager of STEM Media & Education
Sarah works with the production and outreach teams to create and disseminate SciGirls episodes and educational resources, ensuring content correctness, clarity and grade-appropriateness. Following the production of an episode Sarah creates educational resources for parents and teachers based on the content in each episode. Sarah prepares and supports educators at organizations nationwide to implement and evaluate SciGirls strategies and programming, and also shares SciGirls content and practices at STEM conferences throughout the country. Sarah worked as a Professional Development Specialist at the Science Museum of Minnesota, has been a fifth- and sixth-grade teacher in public schools and holds an MA in Library and Information Science.