BrainCake

This website is sponsored by the Girls’ Math & Science Partnership, a program of Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh, Pa. Their mission is to “engage, educate, and embrace girls as architects of change.” They work with girls ages 11 to 17, as well as parents, teachers, and mentors. The site points out that while girls are just as good at math and science as boys, they are culturally conditioned not to succeed in those fields. The site is dedicated to adjusting that gender gap. It is explicitly and implicitly aimed at young girls – the browsing is fun, the website is pink, and they have ways to connect via social media websites like Facebook.
The website provides a list of local event that involve math and science. It offers grants for math and science related activities and projects, specifically through the “Green for Your Dreams” initiative, which encourages girls to read about featured women and take a quiz about what they learned. They also have scholarships available. The website hosts a radio show and a forum on which girls can discuss their dreams and ideas. Girls can even talk online with women who work in math, science, technology, engineering, architecture, etc. The website has games, experiments, homework help, and all sorts of other resources for girls of all ages.

My favorite part is the Online Spy School, which works in concert with their “urban adventure camp.” Girls team up to solve a mystery, earning crime-solving credentials by applying the skills they learn. They use high-tech gadgets and build relationships with other middle school girls. I wish I had been able to do this in middle school!

Why I recommend this website:
This is a fantastic website. It is detailed and interesting and really appeals to the demographic. They are doing great work in providing role models and examples for young girls. Their parent/teacher page is full of great ideas and the site is guaranteed to get girls thinking about all of the great things they can do. The resources and information on this site are so thorough, I think teachers could use it for a class, perhaps as part of a research assignment on famous women scientists. I think this is a very necessary initiative, and it’s good to know that it’s out there.

BrainCake: Smart. Sweet. http://www.braincake.org/default.aspx

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