Saturday, September 15, 2012

Oh My Science

Ladies.  The Science Club for Girls is hiring 7th -12th grade girls for their teen programs.  Participants receive up to $110, community services credit and the opportunity for a paid summer internship.

Forget CSI; Dr. Dana Scully put the awesome in forensic science.
To say nothing of boss field trips where you can learn about careers in science and technology.

As a librarian, it will be no surprise to hear that I am a devoted proponent of the maxim "Knowledge is power."  Not only that, knowledge takes away someone else's power over you.  In this century it is especially important to fearlessly embrace an understanding of science and mathematics!*
Not the Chosen One, just worked hard.

Go forth and be smart.  You can find the application for this program here.

*Probably this is nothing new, but I think there is a trend in popular movies to make science and scientists the bad guys.  Couldn't leave well enough alone, and now we've got zombies, mutant dinosaurs, evil robots, the Matrix, what have you.  And it requires some meathead with massive firepower and/or mystical powers to save us all.

Jeepers.  I'll take my chances with science and technology:  I want my smartphone, antibiotics, and the Mars freaking rover, thank-you-very-much.  Also civil engineering, sanitation, and the theory of evolution. 

Here are some books about teens solving mysteries, getting ahead and saving the day using their brains.  Not psychic abilities, not demon-slaying powers, and definitely not Edward.
Why this show was cancelled is a rant for another day.

A Girl Named Digit by Annabel Monaghan
Mothership by Martin Leicht and Isla Neal
The Girl Is Murder by Kathryn Miller Haines
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
Beauty Queens by Libba Bray


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