Ten science videos aimed at early elementary school aged children are now posted on a “Science Videos for Kids” playlist on the Center for Communicating Science YouTube channel. Each video has an accompanying activity guide.
The video project, funded by a grant from the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT) to the Center for Communicating Science, provided summer stipends to ten women graduate students to support their work creating videos related to their research.
The videos provide a means to continue and expand Girls Launch!, a kindergarten science visits program started in 2017 by graduate student Caitlin Colleary in partnership with Virginia Tech’s Center for Communicating Science and Department of Psychology. Girls Launch! provides female scientist role models and age-appropriate science content to area kindergarten classrooms. In-person visits were halted by the coronavirus pandemic.
Center undergraduate student intern Catherine Watling has been translating both the activity guides and video transcripts into Spanish to extend the reach of the project to Spanish-speaking communities and families.
The videos will be shared with the center’s Giles County Girls Launch! outreach program, along with public schools in Montgomery County, Floyd County, and Radford City. Virginia Tech liaisons to the public school systems will assist in making videos and activity guides available to teachers and families.
The science videos include
Infections, Germs and Immune Cells by Udaya Sree Datla; activity guide “Paper Microfludics.”
Meet a Paleontologist by Khanh To; activity guide “Build-A-Bird.”
Senses, The Brain, and Bugs by Allison Castaneda; activity guide “Brain Coloring, Neurons, and Senses.”
Let’s Talk Birds by Amber Wendler; activity guide “Let’s Learn About Bird Beaks.”
Let’s Learn About Lakes by Abigail Lewis; activity guide “Water Cycle in a Cup.”
How Rainbows Are Formed by Jennifer Appiah-Kubi; activity guide “Making a Rainbow!”
Immunology by Kaitlin Read; activity guide “Why We Wash Our Hands.”
Mindfulness by Amelia Tankersley; activity guide “Keep Calm Like a Deep Sea Diver.”
Getting Outside with a Scientist by Ellen Garcia; activity guide “A Lesson on Close Observation.”
Biofilms in Horses by Dr. Sarah Khatibzadeh; activity guides “Healthy Horses” and “Biofilms.”
For additional information about the Girls Launch! videos project, you can find a short video and project description at the ICAT website. A paper titled “Are Scientists Smart? Kindergarteners’ Gendered Understanding and Use of Descriptors About Science and Intelligence” recently published in Science Communication describes the early findings of the related research project.