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Good books broaden our horizons and inspire new conversations, no matter where we are! Join the Florida Museum of Natural History and Alachua County Library District for the National Endowment for the Arts Big Read, a series of events building community while lifting the voices of women in science!

Girls Do Science brought innovative experiments and demonstrations curated by current scientists for future scientists to your homes and classrooms. This program was created to bring science to all curious minds while also highlighting the women in the science from the Big Read books, including Swimming with Sharks, Evelyn the Adventurous Entomologist and Finding Wonders.

activty book cover with flowers and illustration of a scientistActivity Book

Download the Girls Do Science FREE activity book to find projects for all ages with targeted pages for Elementary, Middle and High School students. Each activity was designed by a scientist and includes background information, material lists, step-by-step instructions and bonus resources to keep learning!

Mixed in you’ll find coloring pages illustrated by Wayfaring Painter artist, Brynna Bat Palmer!

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Girls Do Science event

Many young scientists and their families joined us on a Zoom on Feb. 13 to learn about the challenges and opportunities of a career in scientific fields. Florida Museum and University of Florida scientists shared their work and answered questions. Watch the recording now:

This video was recorded at the live Zoom on Feb. 13, 2021.

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To learn more about a handful of the activities from the book or just hear from participating scientists, check out these videos about archaeology, zoology, botany and microbiology!

Resources + Reading

Florida Museum scientists:

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Becoming Visible: Adania Flemming

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Becoming Visible: Verity Mathis

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Book list: Suggested reading from Alachua County Library District!

Adults:

  • All that remains: A Renowned Forensic Scientist on Death, Mortality, and Solving Crimes, by Sue Black
  • Girl Decoded, by Rana El Kaliouby
  • Ten Women Who Changed Science and the World, by Catherine Whitlock and Rhodri Evans

Teens:

  • Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World, by Rachel Ignotofsky
  • Hidden Human Computers: The Black Women of NASA, by Sue Bradford Edwards
  • Atomic Women: The Untold Stories of the Scientists Who Helped Create the Nuclear Bomb, by Roseanne Montillo
  • Dreaming in Code: Ada Byron Lovelace, Computer Pioneer, by Emily Arnold McCully

Children:

  • Born Curious: 20 Girls Who Grew Up to be Awesome Scientists, by Martha Freeman
  • The Story of Environmentalist Wngari Maathai, by Jen Cullerton Johnson
  • Maria Sibylla Merian: Artist, Scientist, Adventurer, by Sarah B. Pomeroy, and Jeyaraney Kathirithamby
  • Marie Curie and the Power of Persistence, by Karla Valenti
  • Black Women in Science, by Kimberly Brown Pellum