SAFG programming takes on a holistic approach, making connections to the past, present and future. SAFG values the knowledge of not only the details specific to each project but also the knowledge of where each project fits into the big picture. SAFG will also inform the girls how this knowledge can be applied in future careers.
The class content is developed by professionals in STEM fields and taught by either female scientists or female educators trained to recognize gender-sensitive issues that may come up in the classroom. SAFG classes are uniquely tailored for girls in grades K-5 and are offered in the San Francisco Bay Area of California.
Scientific Adventures for Girls aims to keep kids engaged in STEM subjects through fun programs that instill inventiveness and intuition while connecting those invaluable qualities to the science and math lessons learned in the classroom. Our classes prioritize learning practical skills and applying them creatively. Our programs encourage child-led/peer-led learning, collaboration and doing for fun and self-fulfillment. Our programs will stress the value of doing or making and not the end-product. Our hope is these skills will keep kids engaged and confident while sustaining that joy of discovery in the long-term.
SAFG projects are carefully designed to successfully implement our goals. All projects are hands-on, providing opportunities to learn how to use tools. Our kids will work in small groups and be given chances to practice collaborating and communicating effectively with each other to achieve positive outcomes. SAFG teachers will focus the attention on the doing and the creating while teaching the kids, especially the girls, that it is okay - and expected - to make mistakes.
We also strive to engage parents in the process as we understand that they play a role in encouraging future scientists. According to research at George Mason University, "We were surprised to learn that the family is more important than we ever thought in terms of igniting the passion of future scientists," says Lance Liotta, a study author and co-director of George Mason's Center for Applied Proteomics and Molecular Medicine.
What We Teach
In addition to staying aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards and following its practices of teaching girls to ask questions, investigate, analyse data, design solutions, evaluate and communicate findings, SAFG also teaches girls:
Sampling of Previous Projects
"I was so happy to find a relaxed place where my daughter's love of science could be nurtured or expanded. She came back from every one of the classes so excited by what she had learned."
- Parent and Peralta Elementary, Oakland