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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

Chocolate Lovers

Courtesy of Phase One Photography

A Harvard Biomedical Scientist creates a new way of experiencing chocolate! Check out the story.

March 8, 2010 at 10:19 am Leave a comment

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March 5, 2010 at 6:46 pm Leave a comment

Explore UT

Join University of Texas students, faculty, and staff this Saturday, March 6th from 11am-5pm, for a day filled with fun, discovery and friendship!

The Biggest Open House in Texas!

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March 4, 2010 at 9:59 pm Leave a comment

Let’s Go Fly a Kite

This Sunday, March 14th, is the 82nd Annual Kite Festival at Zilker Park from 10am-5pm. The Kite Festival is FREE and is a great opportunity to view amazing kites.

Here is a fun kite design you can make with your kids.

Diamond Kite

Materials:
* Twine or string
* Tape
* Large Garbage Bag
* 2 straight wooden sticks or dowels 90cm and 102cm
* Scissors
* Small Hand Saw or Sharp Knife

How to:

1. Make a cross with the two sticks, the shorter (90cm) stick placed horizontally across the longer (102cm) stick

2. Tie the two sticks together with the string or twine. Try to keep the sticks at right angles to each other.

3. Cut or saw a notch (deep enough for string to fit in to) at each end of both sticks.

4. Cut a piece of string long enough to stretch around the kite frame.

5. Make a small loop with the string in the top notch and fasten it by wrapping the sting around the stick. Stretch the string through the cross-piece notch (fasten with tape if needed), and make another loop at the bottom notch (fastening the same way). Stretch the string up the other side back to the top. Finish by wrapping the string around the top.

* The string should be taut but not so tight as to bend the sticks.

6. Lay the sail material (garbage bag) flat and place the frame on top. Cut around the frame, leaving about 1 in for a margin. Fold edges over the string frame and tape so the bag is tight.

Back View

Front View

7. Cut a piece of string about 122cm long and tie ends to each loop (the string will NOT be tight).

8. Tie a loop just above the cross intersection in the string you just attached. (This loop will be were you attach the flying line)

9. Add a tail!!! Tie ribbon about every 10cm along length of string. Experiment with the tail length. Stability of your kite can be improved by the use of bows and a flexible tail.

10. Decorate!

* Purchase kite string at a local store; Target, Walmart, HEB.

March 3, 2010 at 9:55 pm Leave a comment

Girl Day!

Rockin Roller Coasters

Girlstart recently hosted an activity at WEP’s Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day 2010! With the help of UT engineering students Girlstart’s Rockin Roller Coasters were a HUGE success. Thank you WEP for continually including Girlstart.

Congratulations Women in Engineering Program at The University of Texas for a fabulous event!

Girl Day hosted 1,590 1st-8th graders with over 440 volunteers.  Other highlights include:

  • 41 activities including a Science in the Movies show about the science and engineering behind movie stunts concluding the event
  • 8 community organizations participating
  • 3 universities and colleges in addition to UT Austin participating
  • Volunteers and/or activities from 14 companies

Save the Date

Girl Day 2011 is scheduled for February 26, 2011

See you next year!!!!!!!

~ Katelyn

March 2, 2010 at 6:24 pm Leave a comment

Wanna Play?

Come learn about Girlstart’s Ping Pong Tournament!!!!

If you are interested in forming a team or have friends, family members, or co-workers that might be interested in playing or volunteering at the event – PLEASE tell them to join us at our kick-off party on

Here is the scoop!

What:      Ping Pong Kick-Off Party!
When:     Tuesday, March 9th
Time:       6:30-8:00 pm
Where:    Character Bar inside the Austin Music Hall, 208 Nueces Austin, TX 78701

We will be taking early registration and handing out important marketing materials about the event out to potential team members! This tournament will sell out! All entries are on a first-come first-serve basis.  Entry is limited to 100 teams! So please register early!

CLICK HERE to REGISTER!

We have two categories to select from:

Recreational Doubles (I have played once or twice in my life!)
Competitive Doubles (You basically ROCK at Ping Pong!)

PLEASE RSVP if you plan to come to this kick-off party

Questions about the Kick-Off Party, playing or volunteering at the tournament – contact

Robin at 916.4775 ext. 22 or robin@girlstart.org

February 25, 2010 at 7:21 pm Leave a comment

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