SciGirls Professional Development

SciGirls Professional Development Workshop

SciGirls is a PBS Kids television series out to change how tweens think about science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM! In each episode, bright, curious real girls, mentored by trained adult facilitators, put STEM to work. They then check out the website to play games, watch episodes, share projects, and connect with other SciGirls in a totally safe social networking environment!

SciGirls Professional Development Workshops for adult facilitators integrate inquiry-based STEM instruction with a commitment to gender equity. Educators attending the workshops will learn the latest research for exciting and engaging girls (and boys) in STEM; experience hands-on STEM activities; and gain access to free materials for hands-on, video-enhanced activities that put a creative twist on teaching STEM.

PARI’s Education Department can offer a SciGirls Professional Development workshop to your group either on campus at PARI or in your facility. For further information contact PARI’s Director of Learning Experiences, Christi Whitworth at

Typical SciGirls Professional Development Workshop
Full Day Training Agenda

9:00 – 9:20 AMWelcome & Introductions
9:20 – 10:00 AMSciGirls: Mission and Values
– History of SciGirls
SciGirls Sizzle Reel
– Web tour (video, project pages, PBS teachers, etc.)
– Overview of print pieces
10:00 – 10:45 AMHands-on Inquiry
– SciGirls Live Healthy: Take it in Stride (pg 7)
10:45 – 11:00 AMBreak
11:00 – 11:45 AM

SciGirls Seven: How to Engage Girls in STEM

– Rationale/Research

– Introduction to the SciGirls Seven for boys and girls!

11:45 – 12:30 PM

Hands-on Inquiry

SciGirls Invent: Deep Sea Diver (pg 13)

12:30 – 1:30 PMLunch Break
1:30 – 2:15 PM

Hands-on Inquiry

SciGirls Get Tech: Dough Creatures (pg 6)

2:15 – 2:30 PMBreak
2:30 – 3:15 PM

Hands-on Inquiry

SciGirls Participate: Wetland Band (pg 8)

3:15 – 3:45 PM

Hands-on Inquiry

SciGirls Investigate: Super Sleuths (pg 11)

3:45 – 4:00 PM

Reflection and Evaluation

– Lingering questions? Concerns?

– Evaluation