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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


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

Photo of the Week

Summer campers create virtual underwater habitats

July 2, 2010 at 6:46 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!  


Visit our volunteer page for high school volunteer opportunties this summer

March 23, 2010 at 6:21 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

National Women’s History Month

March is the 30th Anniversary of the National Women’s History Project. The theme for the 30th anniversary is Writing Women Back into History! Girlstart has highlighted just a few influential women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) below.

In 1849, Elizabeth Blackwell graduated from Geneva Medical College and became the first woman to receive an M.D. (Doctor of Medicine) degree from an American Medical School.  With her sister, Dr. Emily Blackwell, and Dr. Marie Zakrzewska, Blackwell founded the New York Infirmary for Women and Children.

Going into college, Dr. Virginia Apgar knew that she wanted to become a doctor.  After trying out being a surgeon for a while, Apgar entered the realm of anesthesiology.  In 1952, through her research in obstetrical anesthesia that she developed the “Apgar Score,” the internationally known measurement of a newborn’s chance of survival.

In 1973, Shirley Jackson became the first African American woman to earn a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) in physics.  She was later appointed head of Nuclear Regulatory Commission under President Bill Clinton.  In 1999, Jackson became the first female and first African American President of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

In 1983, Sally Ride became the first U.S. woman in space.  Dr. Ride graduated from Stanford University with a doctorate degree in Physics in 1978.  On June 18, 1983, Dr. Ride was a mission specialist on the STS-7 where she spent 147 days in space.

Under the George Bush Presidency in 1990, Dr. Antonia Novello became the first female and first Hispanic Surgeon General. As surgeon general, Novello worked to improve the awareness of the health of young people, women, and minorities.

March 15, 2010 at 9:38 pm Leave a comment

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