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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

Photo of the Week

Summer campers create virtual underwater habitats

July 2, 2010 at 6:46 pm Leave a comment

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Hybrid Jobs Are The Future

Girls extracting DNA at EYH 2009

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/21/technology/21nerds.html?_r=1

“Hybrid careers… that combine computing with other fields will increasingly be the new American jobs of the future, labor experts say. In other words, the nation’s economy is going to need more cool nerds. But not enough young people are embracing computing — often because they are leery of being branded nerds.”

“Educators and technologists say two things need to change: the image of computing work, and computer science education in high schools.”

Girlstart shows girls the cool side of computer science! At Expanding Your Horizons Girls Conference 2010 on Saturday, April 17th, 400 girls will interact with women in science, technology, engineering and math careers with fun, hands-on workshops throughout the day.

~Julie

January 7, 2010 at 3:43 pm Leave a comment

Great Inventions

Square has created a program that will let your mobile phone take credit card payments- anywhere, anytime! Great for small businesses or nonprofits.

December 2, 2009 at 4:07 pm Leave a comment

Girlstart is Going Virtual!

Don’t miss Girlstart’s first virtual conference in Second Life on July 22, 2009! The Project IT Girl Showcase in Second Life will take place on the Educators Coop Island at 2pm CST (http://slurl.com/secondlife/Educators%20Coop%201/28/112/24).

During the conference, attendees will learn about the findings from Girlstart’s very first comprehensive program for high school girls. If that wasn’t enough, we’ll also be sharing examples of our curriculum and other resources that made the IT Girl program a success!

Please pre-register for this FREE conference by sending an email to Zakiyyah@girlstart.org and stay tuned to this blog for more info.

This conference is going to be wicked cool so it’s time to wake up  your SL avatar if already have one. Those new to Second Life – don’t worry. Use the links and resources below to download the FREE software and get started on your journey into Second Life.

Girlstart is a Texas CPE provider approved by the Texas Education Agency and 3 CPE hours will be given for this virtual conference.

Create your Second Life account and download software

https://join.secondlife.com/

What to expect when you login

http://media.cit.utexas.edu/~dana/forReview/second_life_h2.mov

Getting started in Second Life (or how to move around)

http://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/Help:Getting_started_in_Second_Life

Showcase location

http://slurl.com/secondlife/Educators%20Coop%201/28/112/24

-Zakiyyah

July 7, 2009 at 5:04 pm Leave a comment

Take to the Sky

Spark Saturday“Miss, I think I want to be a pilot!”

I couldn’t help but smile after hearing Patricia’s comment and noticing the wistful look in her eyes after working the radio controls on a small single engine airplane. Just 15 minutes prior – after the 90 minute bus ride from Burnet Middle School to the Texas State Technical College campus located in Waco, TX – Patricia and her Club Girlstart colleagues were understandably antsy and distracted.  But once they got off  the bus and into the cockpit of a plane, the girls  were instantly engaged in their learning as it was happening.

This is the power of learning by doing. You could lecture  30 girls for 30 minutes about the awesomeness of being a pilot or airplane mechanic.  I’m sure those who were paying attention might leave with a vague interest in a possible career. But what if you gave each girl the opportunity to actually sit in the plane, ask questions, and see how the engine works? You will probably end up with more girls like Patricia taking the first of many steps into a  career in technology.

-Zakiyyah

June 24, 2009 at 8:11 pm Leave a comment

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