Archive for February, 2010

Science of Snowboarding

NBC and the National Science Foundation (NSF) teamed up to make 16 riveting videos on the science and engineering of the Olympic Winter Games.

Check out how Olympians get “max air” off the half-pipe without losing their balance!

Link to Video

Engineers help top athletes perform at their greatest ability to hopefully win the Gold.

February 15, 2010 at 8:28 pm Leave a comment

National Engineering Week

February 14th-20th is the perfect time to explore engineering careers with your children. Remember to highlight the benefits of any career and children will be more interested in learning more.

Click image to discover more about being an Engineer!

Look forward to a new post each day during National Engineering Week!


February 15, 2010 at 6:01 pm Leave a comment

Winter Olympics

Australia’s Michelle Steele

I am very excited about for the Winter Olympics opening ceremony tonight! As you and your family begin watching your favorite Olympic sports ask probing questions about the athletes’ equipment, clothing, protective gear, etc. to see what your children say. It doesn’t matter which event you watch engineering is used throughout the entire Olympics to help an athlete go faster, straighter, fly higher, flip better and more! Engineering may be a career you have never talked about before in your household and the Olympics are a perfect opportunity to kick off National Engineering Week.

National Engineering Week is celebrated February 14th-20th!

Each day next week, I’ll post a new engineering activity you and your family can enjoy.


February 12, 2010 at 10:30 am Leave a comment

$50 Summer Camp Discount

Girlstart attended the Austin Family Magazine Camp Fair last weekend to promote our 2010 Summer  Camps. If you missed our booth, don’t worry there is still time to register to receive a camp discount.

Register by midnight Monday, February 8th to receive a $50 discount!

This summer, girls will examine medical specialties, discover the wonders of the sea, explore the design process and more!

February 5, 2010 at 5:36 pm Leave a comment

A Whole New World

We’re getting ready for Summer Camp and exploring the Promethean board at Girlstart! It turns your computer into a touch screen/interactive experience. It really brings science to life at our Girls Technology and Science Center.

Katelyn moving planets

Anatomy of the hand

Look at the bones under the skin!

February 4, 2010 at 10:59 pm Leave a comment

Teaching Girls to Tinker

Girlstart after school participants tinker with robotics

Great article in Education Week about the importance of teaching girls to tinker and explore their world. 

“Girls have made fantastic academic gains in the past 15 years, but they are still sorely underrepresented in engineering and computer science. To engage in these critical fields, girls need compelling role models and an appreciation for the collaborative nature and human applications of engineering and computing. And, from their earliest days, girls need to tinker.”

Three suggestions from the article to engage girls in tinkering:

“First, know that tinkering takes time, and sometimes space. Look for opportunities for girls to tinker without worrying about deadlines or grades. After-school Lego Leagues, school intersessions, and unstructured class time are prime times for tinkering.”

“Second, don’t expect girls to tinker alone. The next time your toaster breaks, get a screwdriver and ask your daughter to join you in taking it apart. She doesn’t need to fix it—unless she wants to—but she should enjoy seeing what’s inside.”

“Finally, when asking girls to tinker, give them meaningful goals.

February 2, 2010 at 5:22 pm Leave a comment

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