SciGirls WFSU Mag Lab
Launched in 2006, SciGirls WFSU Mag Lab is a two-week hands-on summer camp run by The National High Magnetic Field Laboratory and WFSU that inspires middle and high school girls to pursue careers in science. SciGirls I and SciGirls II camps accept rising sixth graders through tenth graders as well as returning campers. SciGirls WFSU Mag Lab is an outreach partner of SciGirls, the national PBS television series and outreach program.
During their two-week experience, campers can expect:
2012 ExperienceIn July of 2012 SciGirls took a visit to the Florida Center for Interactive Media. Listen to the story by WFSU-FM's Tom Flanigan below.
Previous camp experiences
In years past SciGirls campers traveled to a variety of area sites, engaging in hands-on activities that underscored important science principles. The girls had an opportunity to meet many scientists from the Mag Lab, PBS&J and other firms and government agencies and learn more about their daily work. They also visited local laboratories and departments at Florida State University, observed an operation at the local animal shelter, collected fossils at a quarry, and participated in engineering activities with the PBS&J engineering firm.
Scigirls, the national PBS television series, is an expansion and transformation of DragonflyTV's outreach program. SciGirls' multi-faceted, multi-platform approach is designed to meet girls where they gather:
On TV — Each SciGirls episode follows a different group of enthusiastic, real SciGirls, who collaborate, communicate, engineer and discover. They're accompanied by two animated characters—a determined SciGirl named Izzie and her best friend Jake, who tie the series together with their ongoing adventures.
Online — Izzie also stars as the webmaster of the SciGirls website, hosted on pbskidsgo.org/scigirls, one of the premiere educational destinations for young people on the Web. This site is a unique and safe science-centric social network, where girls can connect, create personal profiles and avatars, upload and share their science projects and watch every episode.
On the Ground — The SciGirls outreach program offers parents and educators resources to help support their girls' efforts. These materials, available on the PBS Parents and PBS Teachers portals at pbs.org/parents/scigirls and pbs.org/teachers/scigirls, can be used to start new SciGirls Clubs or enhance existing educational initiatives.
SciGirls Video Channel – A collection of SciGirls videos, including promos and video footage shot during the camp. Watch the SciGirls interview local scientists, learn about science at Florida State University, uncover fossils at a rock quarry and visit the Seacrest Wolf Preserve.
SciGirls Camp Blog – Get updated on the latest happenings with the SciGirls camp and local science events in North Florida. Read about the campers' achievements and stay connected with SciGirls year-round!
The Secret Life of Scientists
In a selection of three to six short, punchy films, each person describes his or her passions both within and outside of science. The site will also include opportunities to interact directly with the scientists through "questions & answers," sharing stories, and bonus video that digs deep into each scientist's work and life to reveal more about who these thinkers are as people.
Contact WFSU Educational Outreach at 850/487-3170 x325 or x326.