In the first season of SciGirls, the girls, with the help of scientist mentors, design their own inquiry-based investigations on a huge variety of topics, from the environment to technology and from engineering to nutrition. Shot reality style, SciGirls around the country study dolphins, engineer a giant mechanical puppet, unearth the archaeological secrets of extinct Native American cultures and create high-tech fashions. Videos of these investigations are archived in a project section of the show’s companion Web site.
While we meet new girls in each episode, the series is unified by a pair of recurring animated characters Izzie and her best friend Jake. Together, they embark on their own adventures and call on the SciGirls for help.
Behind the Scenes | Archaeology Adventure
The girls teamed up with Dr. Renee Barlow, the Curator of Archaeology of the College of Eastern Utah’s Prehistoric Museum, to try and unearth some clues about the mysterious Fremont Indian culture that lived in Range Creek Canyon about 1,000 years ago.
The animated introduction had Izzie having to learn archaeology to dig through Jake's locker trash for his lucky socks. Maybe tween girls appreciate that, but I'd drop it.
All in all, the show did a good job of simplifying archaeology to the level of someone 8-12 years old. It might be enough to inspire some girls to pursue science.
Below: Jazzy and Gates.