One of the most pernicious lies ever fostered on little dudes and dudettes is that girls can’t do science or math. And if you’re a little dudette who likes science or math, you must be some kind of weirdy.
No, no, no, no, a thousand times no.
My niece, Boo, is fantastic at both science and math and one of the coolest little dudettes I’ve ever met. And I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve seen girls soar over me and into the top of the class in science or math. Of course, that might be saying more about my lack of prowess, but I’m going to think it goes with my premise. And, finally, there’s my wife, known to many as She Who Must See There, who is an amazing obstetrician/gynecologist.
So, there’s that little lie blown out of the firmament. The problem being, though, is how do we break the lie’s hold on the little dudettes who need to hear it the most?
One answer might be for them to see a new show on PBS called SciGirls. Produced under the PBS “Kids Go!” supervision, SciGirls is a look at girls aged 9-12, real girls doing real science.
Each episode, we ge to see young girls engaging in realistic science, from wading into dirty ponds to research how to increase the turtle population of a nearby pond, to building robots. These are the kinds of things every little dudette needs to see.
While I can’t seem to find any listing for the show here in Charlotte, please check into the website. It’s got lots of great projects as well as a sort of pen-pal page. Get your little dudette to witness the glory and fun and wonder of science. And then step back. Creating monsters is the least of your concerns.