“iWASwondering.org” aims to encourage girls in science

Teachers looking to give their female students a boost in science can direct them to iWASwondering.org, a project of the National Academy of Sciences intended to showcase the accomplishments of contemporary women in science. The site also aims to highlight for students the varied and intriguing careers of some of today’s most prominent scientists. The site draws from and accompanies the publication of a 10-volume series of biographies entitled Women’s Adventures in Science, co-published by the Joseph Henry Press (an imprint of the National Academies Press) and Scholastic Library Publishing. iWASwondering.org encourages young people, especially girls, to pursue an interest in science. Lia, the teenage cartoon character who hosts the site, guides visitors through interactive resources and activities designed for middle-school students. The site includes science labs, games, and a parent-teacher guide. On the site, students can read about 10 profiled scientists; visit a timeline that features 25 female scientists and their fields of study or interests; and play interactive games, including one that guides them through outer space and a “Make a Robot” activity.

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