“Meet” Women Scientists

The National Academy of Sciences, with help from my friends at Fablevision, released a wonderful site called I was wondering where you can learn about noted female scientists from the past century. Ten have “homepages” with information presented as comic strips, scrapbooks and an activity you can do at home that is similar to their lab work. There are a few animation-type games. The intended audience is tween girls, but there’s a section for teachers, too. Curious users can also submit their own questions and they might be answered by real scientists; after all, as they point out, scientists start out as children with lots of questions about the world around them.

Incidentally Fablevision executed the concepts Miriam Smith and I, with input from colleagues at EDC, developed for the PBS Parents Guide to Creativity in 2005. They are an awesome media company to work with if you have ideas for fun, educational, interactive websites.

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