Empowering with Science: The Cell Respiration Song

One of my resolutions for She Loves Science in 2017 is to showcase girls doing amazing science in their homes, schools, and communities.  I want our daughters to see them  rocking the world with their imaginations, creativity, and especially their amazing knack for science. I have two reasons I want to do this.

  1. Empower her with science: It is my hope that we can show our daughters these girls going ahead of them having amazing fun with science and in turn empower them with their own confidence to take on science and make it their own.
  2. Shining a light: I want to shine a light on all the amazing science that girls are doing in school and at home and show a broader audience that girls love science and science needs their creativity.

The first Empowering with Science feature is very special to me since it is my niece Abbey. You are going to be completely blown away when you hear her creativity with her Cell Respiration Song (to Justin Timberlake no doubt!) I asked her a few questions about her project below. All I can say is… Science on girl.

What was the name of your project?  The Cell Respiration Song

What was the project for? “It was a project for science class and a unit on cell respiration. The project was to choose a way to express cell respiration and photosynthesis.”

What grade are you in? “7th Grade”

What was your inspiration? “I was inspired by doing a similar project a few years ago. This project gave a list of ideas one of which included doing a song. I wrote down a list of my favorite songs and this one caught my attention.”

What would you say to other girls doing science? “Some girls are scared about grades or are embarrassed about putting themselves out there. So don’t worry about what other people think. If they judge you then so what…do what you like and the teachers will love it.”

What do you want to be when you grow up? “I want to major in Animal Science and work at animal shelters.”

You have got to share this video with the girls in your life. I hope this will show how much fun and creative science can really be.

Do you know someone that has done an amazing science project at school or within their community? Do you want to find a place to show off her talents to inspire others?  Contact me and she could be the next feature on the Empowering with Science series!

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10 Inspiring STEM Books for Girls

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I started looking for books that would interest my daughter in science since starting this blog in 2014. Several of these books were recommended by friends or gifts that were given to her.  Now I’ve realized that I have quite a collection of books and I thought I would share them with you especially since Christmas will be here before you know it!

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What is Science (Ages 3-7) This is a great picture book to introduce little ones to science. Here’s my favorite line, “So into the earth and into the sky, we question the how, the where, when, and why.” I’ve read this to a class of 3 year olds and they were spellbound with the pictures and the poetry.

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Bedtime Math (Ages 3-6) I’ve never had so much fun doing math with Allie than reading this book with her. Who would have thought that doing math at bedtime would be so much fun. I asked Allie why she liked it and she said, “It has lot of math and funny things like exploding ketchup.” As a mom, I’ve never really liked math word problems until now!

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Rosie Revere Engineer (Ages 5-7) I love any story that says that the heroine dreams of becoming a great engineer.  Allie loves how she invents things like a cheese hat and I love how the story speaks to perseverance and not giving up.

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Ada Twist Scientist (Ages 5-7) This is a great follow up to Rosie Revere. Ada doesn’t talk until she is three (much like Einstein) but when she does her first word is “Why?” I love how relatable this character is to our girls and everything she dreams up in the “Thinking Chair”.

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Zoom (5-8) I found this book when looking for alternative ways to build spatial skills. The first page of this beautifully illustrated book has the reader “zoomed in” to a small piece of a much larger picture. As you flip each page it has you reconsidering what you saw on the previous page until it “zooms” you all the way to outer space.

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What Do You Do with An Idea (Ages 5-8) This book inspires me every time I read it. The author present an ‘idea’ as an egg that you have the choice to nurture and grow or to ignore. The best lines, “I worried what others would think.” and “then I realized what you do with an idea… you change the world”. Allie said that she learned not to ignore your idea and to make sure you follow you it.  Great message for her to learn so early on.

 

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On a Beam of Light (Ages 6-9) This a great way to introduce Einstein to young children and make him relatable. It’s hard to imagine Einstein as a child but we learn that he was riding on his bike and started imagining what a beam of light would do in space. I believe it encourages kids to slow down, day dream, and imagine the possibilities.

 

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Girls Think of Everything (Ages 10-12) This book is full of female inventors, scientists, and astronauts. It tells stories about how many inventions came from just being curious and sometimes by accident. But it’s what these ladies did and how they believed in their ideas that made all the difference. Allie’s favorite is Ruth Wakefield and how she invented chocolate chip cookies by using time saving ideas. My favorite story was of Stephanie Kwolek and how she discovered Kevlar and how every step was a learning process.

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65 Short Mysteries You Solve with Science (Ages 9-14) A father-daughter duo wrote this book about solving mysteries with science. They present the mysteries using short stories much like Encyclopedia Brown. I love reading it to Allie and seeing if she can guess what the answer is.

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She Loves Science And how could I end the list without adding She Loves Science? I originally wrote this book for moms as a quick read to encourage you to try science with your daughters. But since publishing, I’ve had a few moms tell me that they’ve let their daughters read it too and that their favorite parts are how to apply science to problem solving and engineering. I hope you pick up a copy for a friend, teacher, or even your daughter!

Do you have any other books that you would recommend? I’d love to add to this list and read more amazing stories to my kids about scientists, inventors, and engineers!

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DIY Science Kit for Girls

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How many of us have bought a doctor’s kit for our daughter? Why not her own scientist kit? Perhaps we thought it would be too expensive and would be a waste if she didn’t like it.

Wouldn’t it be a powerful message to make her very own science kit?  One that she can use to create, invent, dream, and experiment?

You can make your own kit for under $20 at the dollar store and to-date we’ve done at least 5 experiments with it.

Set her up with her own corner to explore (with some adult supervision) and she can create her own unique experiments.

Giving her this freedom to explore is key to helping her love science.

Here are the 5 experiments with instructions and items to include in your kit.  You can also enter you email –> here <–to receive a free printable with 9 experiments that she will love adding to her kit.

Candy Catapults (here)

    • Rubber bands
    • Plastic spoon

Magic Science Bag  (here)

    • pencils
    • Ziploc bag gallon

Amazing Magic Milk (here)

    • Dawn dish soap
    • Food coloring
    • Cotton swabs
    • Milk – supply your own

Groovy Lava Lamp (here)

    • Alka seltzer
    • Vegetable oil
    • Water bottle – supply your own

Happy Oobleck (here)

  • Cornstarch
  • Water

Science equipment:

  • magnifying glass
  • calculator
  • composition book (to record all your observations)

What other experiments did your daughter invent?  Leave a message below in the comments or tag me on Facebook with a picture from her experiments.

I hope she will feel empowered, confident, and ready to take on the world with science!

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6 Amazing STEM Apps for Girls

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I’ll admit, I was a complete newbie when it came to finding educational apps for my kids. Honestly, I’m still overwhelmed with all the options out there. So, over the past year I decided to try out 6 apps with the hopes of building my daughter’s STEM skills. So far, these are her favorites (and mine too!)

SCIENCE:

humanbody The Human Body – This is an interactive model of the human body and by far the COOLEST app I’ve ever seen. She can see what happens to the nervous system when a bee stings, watch the circulatory system pump blood, and yes, watch a digestive system in all its glory.

crazygears Crazy Gears – This is a game using gears, magnets, engines, and chain reactions to lift doors to the next level.  I never mind when the kids ask for help because we end up talking through the solution together.

TECHNOLOGY:

daisy Daisy the Dinosaur – If you want to introduce basic computer programming to your kids this one if amazing. The object of the game is to do “drag and drop” coding to make Daisy the Dino jump, turn, shrink, and spin. I found that it’s also a great conversation starter about how apps are made possible through programming!

Update: We’ve also been enjoying Scratch Jr. an amazingly easy coding app. Check it out here.

ENGINEERING:

water Where’s My Water – This is by far her FAVORITE app. The object of the game is to get trapped water to Swampy the Alligator’s bathtub. The levels increase in difficulty by combining obstacles of acid, algae, and steam. It’s all about problem solving and imagining how fluids will flow.

shaun Shaun the Sheep – If you are familiar with the TV show Shaun the Sheep (and we are huge fans around here) then she’ll love helping Shaun get his lamb friends out of all sorts of scrapes. It’s another problem solving app that I even catch Allie’s dad playing too!

MATH:

mathfish  Hungry Fish – Learn addition and subtraction by combining bubbles and feeding a fish with numbers. I’ve found it increases her math speed, helps with number recognition, and is a great alternative to flashcards!

There you have it, our favorite STEM apps. I’d love to hear what your favorite apps are too! Leave a message in the comments below!

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