Have you seen the ad campaign yet? The campaign is called "Girls Go Tech" and it's being brought out by the Girl Scouts of America. It was precipitated by the lamentable fact that many girls who begin with an active enjoyment in math and science begin to lose it by about the time they're entering grade six. The campaign aims to encourage girls to maintain that interest instead, and go on perhaps to pursue a career in math or science. "Set your sights on math and science.", declare the ads. "It's a great way to see the world."
Their website is a really great way for girls to see math and science. They're both presented in a context of fun and when you have a chance to view anything as enjoyable, you're much more likely to want to stay with it. Don't get the wrong idea, though. The games offered at the website are not just little time-consumers that babysit kids for a while and leave them with little more than they had to start. There is a game based on cryptography which allows the girls to send "secret messages" to friends if this piques their interest. If art is the basis for a girl's delight, she'll find that in the "Mandala" game which takes her through the wonders of symmetry while she creates her own mandala. If music sparks her creativity, she can compose digital music to her heart's delight with the "Sounds of Science" game. If physiology tickles her fancy, she can explore the different pathways of the brain and learn to play a trick on them, in "Mixed Messages".
The site gives its users information on careers associated with math and science, and offers tips to parents who find their daughter is either losing ground in these areas, or eager to pursue them. You'll find them in a pdf file titled "Its Her Future: Encourage a Girl in Math, Science and Technology". The booklet begins with the admonition "Relax!" and goes on to reassure parents that they do not need to be a scientist to use the booklet, or help the girl in their life explore and enjoy math, science and technology. It offers a range of activities for a range of ages, and it's a positively great resource. As a teacher and a mother of daughters myself, I would recommend this booklet to absolutely every parent/daughter team, and teacher out there.
The "Jello Mountain" will help you to investigate geology and taking core samples, while "Blast Off!" will help you and your budding rocket scientist make a rocket and create the chemical reactions needed to fuel it. The list of fun ways to broaden her (and your) horizons goes on and on. Take some time to go to the site and see what it's all about. It may well be some of the very best time investment you'll ever make.