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I Was Wondering

Girls can find great role models on smart science site.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Kids -- especially girls -- can learn about a variety of topics in science, as well as their real-world application. Precocious female scientist Lia is a terrific guide and role model for girls and boys alike. Biographies of 10 pioneering women scientists also reinforce that careers in science are possible for women. The few simple games and offline experiments allow a bit of hands-on experience with the scientific method, observation, and data collection. Inspirational information about female scientists is the most compelling aspect of this site.

Positive messages

The scientists profiled are excellent role models for girls (and boys) interested in science and engineering. The site frames science as a way to help make the world a better place.


Some of the resources about forensic science might be a bit creepy for younger kids.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this upbeat site from the National Academy of Sciences celebrates the achievements of a diverse lineup of women scientists and encourages girls to pursue their own scientific interests.

What's it about?

I Was Wondering includes bios of 10 pioneering female scientists, exploring their lives, what they study, and how their work has made an impact on the world. In addition to reading bios, users can conduct experiments (offline), play a few games, and view videos and web comics.

Is it any good?


I WAS WONDERING gets an A+ for helping dismantle the myth that girls and women aren't good at -- or interested in -- science. A companion project to a series of biographies about pioneering female scientists, the site takes a creative approach to telling these women's stories. Through pictures, games, and cool web comics (with characters who look a bit like The Simpsons), visitors learn what sparked each scientist's interest in her specialty and get a chance to step into the shoes of a gene hunter, space geologist, climate modeler, and other experts. Colorful and current, the site also illustrates the connection between science and positive social change. One drawback: The section that allows users to register and ask a science question appears to be down, which limits the site's interactivity.

Families can talk 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?

Website details

Subjects:Science: astronomy, biology, physics
Skills:Self-Direction: academic development, achieving goals, motivation
Pricing structure:Free

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Teen, 13 years old Written byRodeo-Girl October 31, 2010

Great material

Wonderful. There is great information provided with a fun atmosphere, and a lot of fun. Reccomended for all ages.
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Educator and Parent of a 7, 9, and 17 year old Written bytamekaslove March 30, 2011

Great for homeschoolers too!

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Kid, 10 years old September 22, 2011

Don't even bother

It was very educational and VERY BORING!! I didn't really like it that much.
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