1. Rita Karl
  2. http://national.tpt.org/about/who-we-are/
  3. Managing Director of STEM Media & Education
  5. TPT Twin Cities Public Television
  1. Katie Hessen
  2. STEM Content and Outreach Specialist
  4. SciGirls, TPT Twin Cities Public Television

SciGirls in Space: Gender Equitable STEM Media and Hands-On Learning for All


2019 (see original presentation & discussion)

Informal / multi-age

Right this minute, astronauts from around the world are orbiting Earth aboard the International Space Station (ISS). But these bold adventurers aren’t the only ones exploring space! Youth nationwide are engineering, designing, testing and refining experiments that are flown to the ISS, and SciGirls has captured their stories for an innovative new science education initiative.  As part of the NASA-supported Space Station Explorers program, Twin Cities PBS produced a series of four videos that share the inspiring stories of young women who have participated in International Space Station-aligned programs.

The short-form videos feature Abby, Julia, Sarah and Abby Sofia sharing their passion for space science, highlighting their successes, challenges and the diverse paths they’ve traveled to become space science standouts. Viewers also follow these creative young women through their everyday lives, enjoying hobbies, sports, family and friends. Relatable, warm and smart, these real-life SciGirls act as near-peer role models for all students, exemplifying the powerful maxim if she can see it, she can BE it. 

The SciGirls in these videos all participated in The National Design Challenge on board the International Space Station. This program, created by the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), invites students to design experiments that become part of the International Space Station National Lab (ISSNL) research efforts. The experiments are flown to the ISSNL aboard unmanned cargo missions.

Youth, educators and families can access the SciGirls in Space videos and aligned activities across multiple platforms, including scigirlsconnect.org.

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