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Send Girlstart a Virtual Postcard

We want to hear from you! Girlstart is collecting virtual postcards from all over the world.  Send us your questions, comments or just say “hi”.  Upload your message on youtube.com and send the link to julie@girlstart.org

Hope to hear from you soon!

~Julie

March 29, 2010 at 2:50 pm Leave a comment

Ping Pong for Girlstart

Online Registration is NOW available!!!

Register for Girlstart's Ping Pong Team Challenge! in Austin, TX  on Eventbrite

Are you ready to play some ping pong with other awesome teams like…

Clayton Christopher from Sweet Leaf Tea

Team Velocity Credit Union

The Sneezing Unicorns from NI

Team Mindy Montford & Andi Sloan

Team Great Balls of Thunder

All team registrations and payments must be received & submitted by:
Friday, May 7, 2010

Register for Girlstart's Ping Pong Team Challenge! in Austin, TX  on Eventbrite

March 25, 2010 at 9:01 pm Leave a comment

Ada Lovelace Day

Ada Lovelace Day is an international day of blogging to celebrate the achievements of women in technology and science.

Ada Lovelace

Ada Lovelace was one of the world’s first computer programmers, and one of the first people to see computers as more than just a machine for doing sums. She wrote programs for Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine, a general-purpose computing machine, despite the fact that it was never built. She also wrote the very first description of a computer and of software.

To learn more about Ada Lovelace click here or Wikipedia!

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March 24, 2010 at 9:31 pm Leave a comment

Girlstart Alumna Volunteers During Spring Break

Maria volunteering

I was happy that spring break was going to begin because finally I was going to rest. At the same time I was sad because I did not know what I was going to do during a whole week of break. I decided to e-mail Ms. Julie who works at Girlstart and ask her if I could volunteer during the week of spring break. She responded back and told me that she would appreciate my help as a volunteer. I like Girlstart a lot because I went to their summer camps when I was younger, I had so much fun. I was really excited about going back to the program  as an alumna, since I’m a sophomore going on to be a junior in high school. 

I was so excited on Monday morning and was looking forward to what I was going to do. Monday morning Ms. Julie and I went to some sessions about technology and girls at SXSW interactive, with free day passes. Out of the two sessions my favorite one was Duh……Technology is for girls. I like this session because everyone was involved in the conversation, and everyone commented on the out loud comments on twitter. That day I learned that twitter is not just a page to gossip but it is also used for work purposes. I had a great time at SXSW interactive, when we came back Ms. Julie got me set up in the Girlstart twitter page and all afternoon I followed people who were part of the sessions we attended at SXSW interactive.

Organized t-shirt closet

Wednesday morning I researched some potential activities that were on DVDs.  One DVD caught my attention because it was talking about Latina girls and how we need to be encourage more to become engineers.

On Wednesday by midday Ms. Julie and I worked on a face book page for the Girlfriends Power Circle, added pictures and launched it live that day! Later on Wednesday afternoon I began separating some t-shirts that the camp was going to use from the ones that they were not going to keep. There were many t-shirts that they were not going to keep so I took some for my little cousins and we donated the rest to Safe Place. Organizing t-shirts is not that easy but it kept me busy for Wednesday and Thursday afternoon. I organized the t-shirts by color and made labels for the bins that they were going to be in. The room looked so much better with just having the t-shirts organized!

I had a great week here at Girlstart because many exciting things happened, and while I was having fun, I also learned new things. This is an experience that I will never forget!  

~Maria

Visit our volunteer page for high school volunteer opportunties this summer

March 23, 2010 at 6:21 pm Leave a comment

$25 Summer Camp Discount

Top 10 Reasons Your Daughter will LOVE Summer Camp…

10. Yummy snacks everyday
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3. New friends from all over
2. Great memories that last a lifetime!
1. All girls… All fun… All day!!

Take advantage of our $25 Summer Camp Early Registration Discount!

* Discount ends tonight, March 22nd, at 11:59pm.


March 22, 2010 at 7:13 am Leave a comment

Happy St. Patty’s Day

Leprechauns left some dehydrated snow for us to play with today! Guess what color it is?

How this works?
The dehydrated snow or super-absorbent polymer powder is safe and non-hazardous. As you saw, the polymer absorbed all the water like millions of tiny sponges. Additionally the molecules swelled to an enormous size, 100x its original volume! The polymer soaks up the water, the water-filled molecules swell and it looks like eruption SNOW.

Insta-Snow is available through Steve Spangler Science

March 17, 2010 at 6:55 pm Leave a comment

Green River

In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day the Chicago River is dyed green. I’ve personally never seen the “Green River,” but have heard it is a truly impressive sight. Do you know what makes the river green? Watch the video and read the story below to see if you can figure it out.

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The Story Behind Dyeing the River
For the past 43 years the Chicago River turns green for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade celebration. One would ask how this is different from the rest of the year when the river is always a murky shade of green. The difference is both significant and breathtaking because the color green is identical to the greens of Ireland from where it got its name “The Emerald Isle.”

If you were watching this for the first time you would think this is a mistake or a bad joke. You see the dye is orange and its initial color on the surface of the river is orange and you would think to yourself what heathen would do something like this. After a moment or two you then see the true color magically appear.

Two miracles appear that day, the river turns a perfect shade of green something that many other cities have tried but have not been successful at doing, and the second miracle by starting with the color orange giving the impression that river will be orange only to convert the river to that true Irish green. We believe that is where the leprechaun comes in.

One of the initial problems was that there was no recipe for dying rivers green. Chicago was the first and only city to do it. So the question was: Do you use a few handfuls of dye or a carload?

One-hundred pounds was used the first year. The river stayed green for a week! The second year, 1963, we cut to 50 lbs, the river was green for three days.

We finally decided to use 25 lbs and that did the job for one day.

In 1966, the environmentalists accused the parade committee of polluting the river. They complained that the dye was oil-based and was detrimental to all living things.

Bailey laughed when he heard their argument but agreed to find a new compound that would do the job and appease the critics.

The committee experimented with a number of vegetable dyes and after a bit of trial and error, the current 40 lbs of new dye was hit upon. It produces a carpet of green for four or five hours.

Did you figure it out?

40lbs of orange vegetable dye that turns green when mixed with water

March 17, 2010 at 4:31 pm Leave a comment

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