A little girl called Jewel once said “Mum, I want to be a science girl when I grow up.” She was a keen 4.5 year old.
“Well, a science girl is someone who’s fascinated about the world, and is interested in how things work. So I think that you already are one.” her mother replied.
And so, to encourage Jewel (and her younger sister Bumble Bee) to keep their ‘science girl’ aspirations, Go Science Kids was born.
We hope that one day this site will be jam packed with fun science activities that Jewel, Bumble, and other little girls and boys everywhere can try at home.
About the authors
We’re a family of four humans (plus a cat, dog, fish, phasmids, an ant farm and a few pet garden snails) who live in Sydney, Australia.
Big Sis: Jewel, or JJ, is now 9 years old. She alternates between wanting to be an oceanographer, a fairy, a medic, a palaeontologist, a farmer, a food critic, a school teacher, a travel journalist, a marine biologist, and a coder when she grows up. But most of all, she wants to be a science girl.
Lil’ Sis: Bumble Bee is now an adorable almost 7 year old. She’s our Little Miss Independent, and no, she doesn’t need any help, thank you. She’s very cute, but hates to be called that – she wants to be big, strong, powerful. She’s our Lego-obsessed engineer. She loves all things logical, and wants to know how everything in the whole world works. She wants to make electricity when she grows up, because she thinks that’s where the money is at. Then, once she’s made her fortune, she wants to buy a mansion in Lake Charles (Louisiana), and spend her retirement as a gemologist / jeweller, studying gems and using them to create mermaid designs.
Mum: Just an everyday mum who wants to encourage and inspire her little ones, Danya stays up way too late at night writing up the fun things that she and her girls got up to during the day. She is obsessed with finding new uses for everyday things (upcycling anyone?), and has a minor obsession with jokes that belong inside Christmas crackers. (She also wonders why she is referring to herself in the third person.)
Dad: Mr GSG prefers to stay behind the blog. He’s our resident computer guru, and can’t wait until the girls learn how to code. He’s also a bit of a wizz in the kitchen, and helps out with many of our edible science projects.
Why not Go Science GIRLS?
Funny you should ask. Actually, this site was originally called Go Science Girls.
Given the alarming lack of females in the scientific workforce, the distressing stereotyping and dumbing-down of many ‘girl’ toys, and the often subtle (and not so subtle) marketing of science-related products to boys, I thought there was room (and indeed, a need) for a girl-centric science space. Plus I happen to have two daughters. And Jewel did ask to be a ‘Science Girl’ when she grows up, not a ‘Science Kid’.
But, having said all that, I also think that science should be gender-neutral. There is absolutely no reason why boys or a mixed gender group couldn’t try out our activities too. We’re all for encouraging rather than excluding.
And perhaps, if a few boys go to a science website, and see photos of girls doing the activities, perhaps it will help to shift the stereotype a little.
But also, I had a more pragmatic reason for changing the name too. In April 2019, I accidentally let the Go Science Girls domain name expire and it was bought by someone else. (Doh!) So that situation prompted me to finally make the name change that I’d been contemplating for some time. And thus, Go Science Kids was born!
(But you might see that many of our photos are still watermarked with Go Science Girls – it’s going to take a long time before I finally get around to changing all of those. Bear with me!)
Can I contact you?
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