BrainCake

Website review by
Susan Yudt, Common Sense Media
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Informative girl-power site for young scientists.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this website.

Positive Messages

The site encourages girls to make their voices heard, pursue opportunities in science and math, and think about how they can change the world with their smarts and creativity.

Violence
Sex
Language
Consumerism

The site is produced by a nonprofit organization. There's a link to an outside site that sells BrainCake gear; the majority of proceeds fund scholarships and other programs.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this site -- a project of the Girls, Math & Science Partnership -- provides excellent resources for girls who are interested in science, and encourages them to use their skills to make the world a better place. The only aspect of the site that might give parents pause is registration, which asks users to provide a lot of information, including home address and phone number. (Most of site's features can be accessed without registration, though.)

User Reviews

Parent of a 6 year old Written bydhudlow March 20, 2011

I wasted my time so you don't have to

After spending 5 minutes it became obvious this was a site that was basically a big advertisement. 260 bucks to sign up for the next whatever it was they were... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old September 22, 2011

NO WAY!

I didn't like it because signing up asked for too much information

Is it any good?

The Girls, Math & Science Partnership aims "to engage, educate, and embrace girls as architects of change" -- a mission that's carried out colorfully on BRAINCAKE. The site rounds up helpful resources and links to lots of other sites, from educational games to information on careers, homework help, and science news. Original content on BrainCake includes interviews with notable girls and women in science, an engaging collection of teen-hosted podcasts called GirlTalk Radio, and an excellent mentor-match program. The site does a good job presenting science and math as vibrant, relevant pursuits, rather than subjects to struggle with in school.

Online interaction: Registered users can enter contests and provide feedback to the site.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about mentors and role models. Is there a teacher, coach, or other adult in your life who helps you work toward achieving your goals? What "everyday people" (as opposed to celebrities) do you admire, and why?

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For kids who love learning

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