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Fun With Mini Rockets

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November 17, 2010 at 9:17 pm Leave a comment

Thank You Girlstart

Dear Girlstart,

My daughter teaching my son what she learned at camp

I thought I’d let you know that my daughter attended the Jr. Medic Camp this summer and it was such a wonderful experience for her.  She came home loving the programming and before camp she showed almost no interest in computers (not even games).  She told me it was because programming is all about math and that is her favorite subject.

I just wanted to share that with you because as the mom of a 5th grade daughter, finding ways to encourage her interest in math is science is a top priority for me.  I am on faculty in the Communication Studies Department at UT and my undergraduate degree is in biochemistry.  I understand how important it is that girls get these reinforcing messages.  I hope she can attend future events as well.

Thank you so much for your wonderful program!

Keri Stephens

September 15, 2010 at 4:48 am Leave a comment

Spy Kids

FREE SCREENING OF SPY KIDS

Saturday, July 3rd @ 3pm

Texas Spirit Theater at The Bob Bullock

Admission is FREE!

Don’t let the rainy weather dampen your holiday weekend!  Join Austin Film Festival and The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum for a special screening of SPY KIDS with producer Elizabeth Avellán in attendance!

Elizabeth Avellán, producer of SPY KIDS and Girlstart’s Expanding Your Horizons keynote speaker will be in attendance.

Some of the world’s most important spies are disappearing and former spies Gregorio and Ingrid Cortez are worried. While searching for the demented children’s show host who has captured their former colleagues to transform them into creatures for his program, they go missing and the mission is handed to the only two people who have chance at saving the day…their children.


July 2, 2010 at 6:48 pm 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

Elizabeth Avellán at Expanding Your Horizons

Want to know how Emily Osment used her pigtails as propellers to fly on Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams? Come learn about the technology behind your favorite movies from the award-winning producer of the Spy Kids movies, Elizabeth Avellán! Avellán attended Rice University and later moved to Austin to continue her studies in film and art.  She also produced the popular family films, The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D and Shorts: The Adventures of the Wishing Rock.  Avellán is eager to join in the EYH workshop series and teach girls about the technology behind the film industry.

Registration is now open for Girlstart’s Expanding Your Horizons Girls Conference!

March 9, 2010 at 8:38 pm Leave a comment

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