About Fun Science for Girls's Mission
The mission of this site is not to make science fun--it's to pick out some of the most fun parts and share them!
There is boring science out there, but you won't find it here. This site is fun-only! It's not for when you're motivated and driven, it's for when you just want to play. I have personally done all the experiments and projects on this site. If it's not fun, it's not here!
This site is for girls! I was in Girl Scouts for thirteen years, all the way from kindergarten to high-school graduation. My time in Girl Scouts was amazing, and it provided some of the inspiration for Fun Science for Girls, but you don't have to be a Girl Scout to be part of FSG!
It's fun to try these projects with friends, Mom, Grandma, aunts, all kinds of girls old and young! When you try things in groups, you can work together to make them better, or figure out what's wrong when something doesn't work. A lot of them are fun to do by yourself, too.
This site is for girls--but you don't have to do the projects with just girls. Dads, grandpas and even brothers can sometimes be great science partners. Sometimes they can actually know a lot, and with this blog you can teach them even more. I did many of my early projects with my dad.
If you're a boy who came to FSG by accident, nobody's going to kick you off, but this site was designed for girls--so don't complain if you don't understand! You were warned. ; )
How Fun Science for Girls Works
Monday posts have smaller, quicker projects that are pretty easy to do after school. This are Mini Mondays.
Thursdays posts are bigger projects. The idea is to start rooting around for materials on Thursdays, and then you can try it during the weekend.
I post projects for a wide range of ages, from about first grade to perhaps the beginning of high school. Most projects are interesting for older girls, if they can overlook the vocabulary lessons, and most can be done with even very young girls if they have help.
I was in Girl Scouts for 13 years, from Daisies all the way up through Senior Girl Scouts. I was in a fantastic troop with incredible leaders. I'm not connected with Girl Scouts nowadays, but it will always be a part of who I am. My mom has always been my most stalwart example of integrity, and she always told me, "Women who can do math rule the world!" My grandma was my greatest mentor and the strongest woman I've ever known.
I graduated from UC Davis with a degree in Biomedical Engineering, and now I'm a Bioengineering graduate student at Stanford. Basically, I deal with a lot of science and engineering all the time. I know the good and bad of both--the incredible thrill of completing a prototype you designed yourself, and the frustration of just not getting it over and over, until you must necessarily throw your textbook at the wall (everybody needs to sometimes). For me, this blog is about the lighter side of science and engineering. Remembering the things I loved doing with my dad (an engineer I wanted to be just like), and of course trying new ones too. Just having fun!