Resources for Parents and Teachers

Thank you for visiting the Girls’ Science Investigations webpage for parents and teachers. We are excited that you want to encourage your daughters/students to explore science and possibly even pursue science-based careers.

Many parents and teachers want to do a better job encouraging their daughters/students in science, but do not know where to begin. This webpage will provide you with a number of resources to help you encourage girls in science.

All About Adolescence

This website is a valuable resource to understand the developmental aspects of adolescence. It describes the typical changes in physical, cognitive, moral, and social-emotional development, as well as, adolescents’ relationships with parents and peers.

Expect the Best from a Girl

This website discusses the role parents play in their daugthers’ lives and life choices. It is the family and community’s expectations and experiences that are more likely to influence girls’ decisions than their innate abilities.

Great Science Books and Experiments to Try at Home

Part of the Girls’ Science Investigations website, this page lists a variety of experiments that can be done at home. There is also a list of interesting science books, including books about women in science.

Teachers, please come back soon! After each program, we will be posting our lesson plans.

Check out some interesting research articles about girls and science.

University of Michigan Study Helps Define Why Fewer Women Choose Math-based Careers

Why Women Shy Away From Careers in Math and Science

Decoding Why Few Girls Choose Science, Math

Approach to School Affects How Girls Compare With Boys In Math

How Dads Influence Their Daughters’ Interest In Math

School Achievement, Perceptions Of Ability, And Interest Change As Children Age

Implicit Stereotypes And Gender Identification May Affect Female Math Performance